Morley Arts Festival to welcome Michael Portillo

Morley Executive Board, 'Dilys Hetherington, Coun Judith Ellioitt, Coun Bob Gettings, Rachael Kennedy and Coun Janet Harrison.
Morley Executive Board, 'Dilys Hetherington, Coun Judith Ellioitt, Coun Bob Gettings, Rachael Kennedy and Coun Janet Harrison.

Former government minister Michael Portillo will be one of the headline speakers at the newly launched Morley Arts Festival later this year.

Mr Portillo, who has become a writer, broadcaster and TV presenter since leaving politics in 2005, will deliver a talk about his new book, Life: A Game Of Two Halves about his life and career.

Michael Portillo will be visiting Morley for the festival.

Michael Portillo will be visiting Morley for the festival.

The talk will include a question and answer session as well as a book signing.

The Arts Festival, which is an expansion of the traditional literature festival that has taken place in Morley for nine years, will last for 35 days in autumn this year.

It will incorporate a number of activities including high profile talks, walks, social gatherings and activities for school children.

The programme will retain a strong focus on literature, according to organisers, but will now include elements of dance, theatre, and arts and crafts.

It’s a great time for the festival as we take it forward with new partners on board to engage new audiences through aspiring events and activities.

Coun Bob Gettings, festival chairman

Festival chairman Bob Gettings said: “It’s a great time for the festival as we take it forward with new partners on board to engage new audiences through aspiring events and activities.”

A new website for the festival will be launched, with full details of the schedule soon to be released.

Newly appointed director Rachael Kennedy said: “It’s a privilege to be asked to lead on the programming for the Arts Festival during this exciting year.

“The focus will be on celebration and proving high quality and engaging events for everyone.”