Inspiring acts to impress in Morley Arts Festival finale

HIGH PROFILE Professor Winston.
HIGH PROFILE Professor Winston.

Final acts at the Morley Arts Festival will bring more insights and culture to the town during its concluding days.

One of the event’s most high-profile names, Professor Robert Winston, will stop by tonight on his book tour Modifying Humans: Where Will Genetics Stop? The surprise late addition to the festival is an esteemed doctor and scientist who later turned to broadcasting.

A question and answer session, followed by a book signing, will take place after the talk at Morley Town Hall. It takes place from 7pm-8.30pm. Tickets for £12 are available from

And tomorrow evening at Churwell Community Centre, an event called Celebrating Yorkshire Writing will go ahead. Stephen Wade will read from his new short story collection, Uncle Albert, which touches on the writer’s upbringing in 1950s Churwell.

Tickets (£6) are available from Coun Janet Harrison on 07738987643.

A free Community Mosaic Workshop with Amanda Fleming will keep the young ones entertained at the Newlands Community Hub in the primary school. A mosaic will be made as a memento of the festival. The sessions on Saturday go ahead from 9am-11am and 11.30am-2pm and are suitable for kids aged four and above with their parents or carers. Booking is essential – call Coun Wyn Kidger on 07790090777.

Also on Saturday, a poetry workshop with Morley-based published poet Susan Darlington will take place for £3 at Morley Library from 1pm-2.30pm.

The session is for both beginners and more experienced writers. Everyday objects will be used to inspire a creative response in participants. Tickets can be bought from the library.

Morley Arts Festival director Rachael Kennedy said: “We are really pleased with the way it’s going – I can’t believe it’s nearly the end. We’ve had plenty of sell-outs as well.

She added that organisers have been “amazed” by how far people have travelled to visit the town during the festival.

She said the event will remain as an arts festival after switching from being a literature-based festival this year. While there still has been an emphasis on literature, new art forms will be pushed in 2016.