Morley Literature Festival only a month away

Gervase Phinn Morley Literature Festival
Gervase Phinn Morley Literature Festival

With only a month to go, organisers are putting the final touches on the town’s biggest literary event.

With only a month to go, organisers are putting the final touches on the town’s biggest literary event.

The ninth instalment of Morley Literature Festival will kick off on Saturday October 4 and conclude on Sunday October 12.

The event will include a range of talks, worshops, music, art and family events.

Festival chairman Coun Bob Gettings said: “Our literature festival is certainly well established as part of the cultural life of the town and contributes to making Morley a special place in which to live.

“I am sure this year’s festival will be another great success and I look forward to seeing you there.”

The Saturday will open with two events aimed at children and youngsters from poet Conrad Burdekin and Manga artist Tasneem Kausar at Morley Library.

And for a look at the town in a different light the Morley Heritage Walk will begin at 11am at the town hall on Sunday.

A Brontë-themed lunch will take place at the Village Hotel, Tingley, complete with a three course lunch, and Paralympic medal winner Elizabeth Wright, who has recently released her autobiography, will talk about how to exceed expectations at Tingley Methodist Church.

Novelist and lecturer Martyn Bedford will offer advice to adults on how to hone their creative writing.

And Wakefield author Geoff Dibb will offer a fresh take on Oscar Wilde at Gildersome Conservative Club on Tuesday evening, while St Paul’s Church, Morley, will host a folk night on the Thursday.

The festival will pick up the pace again during its second weekend with an illustration workshop with Nick Sharratt and poetry evening with Mike Harding, both on the Friday.

Cara Brennan will host a poetry workshop on Saturday October 11 and Knitting for Tommy author Lucinda Gosling will give a talk on the experience of women on the home front during World War One.

BBC radio personality Andy Kershaw will share anecdotes about his travels to North Korea, Lebanon, Malawi and beyond.

Sunday’s offering will delve further into local experiences of the Great War with Leeds Museums and Galleries curator Lucy Moore at Morley Town Hall.

And the festival will close with an appearance from festival patron and children’s author Geravse Phinn at the town hall.

Tickets can be bought from Leeds Grand Theatre on 0844 848 2706 or in person from Morley Library.

Prices vary for different events and more information can be found at