Thursday, 26 February 2009

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2009 Events - Huddersfield Student - February 09 Edition

*Hand to publish a month beforehand due to the March edition being released after the festival*

HUDDERSFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL EVENTS: 11th – 15th March 2009

Wednesday 11th March – Launch Day

1. THE SHOW TELL MUST GO ON: song writing master class with DAVID GILL
2.30 – 4.30pm.
Room WG/13, West Building, University of Huddersfield.
Tickets £5/£3.50 (includes refreshments)

In this master class author, song writer and singer David Gill will explore how close to poetry a popular song lyric can go before it has to make its drastic manoeuvre to avoid collision. Words both sung and on the tongue.

2. REGIONAL VOICES: JULIA DEAKIN, GAIA HOLMES, GLYN HUGHES

6-7pm
Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield
Tickets £5/£3










Glen Hughes and Gaia Holmes:

Regional Voices celebrates new work from three of the best poets in the region. Julia Deakin won the 2006 Northern Exposure Prize and was a 2007 Poetry Business Competition winner for The Half-Mile-High Club. Her first poetry collection Without A Dog was recently published by Graft. Gaia Holmes debut poetry collection Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed was published by Comma Press in 2006 and described by poet Amanda Dalton as: ‘sassy and streetwise, dark and blue.’ Glyn Hughs has been awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize, the David Higham Prize, and been short listed for the Whitbread and James Tait Black prizes. A recent poll of Guardian readers chose two of his books as “Eco Classics”. Recent poetry includes Dancing Out of the Dark Side (2005) (Shoestring).

3. And 4. BLOODY BRITS: a guided tour into the dark world of crime writing
7.30pm
The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Tickets £7/£5

Featuring four of Britain’s leading writers including Sue Walker and Danuta Reah in a lively mix of rehearsed readings, discussion and debate atmospherically underscored by guitar and vocals. And of course there will be one or two trade secrets thrown in too.

NB: A practical workshop: Location, Location, Location – why sense of place matters will take place before the performance. Event and workshop combi tickets cost £10/£8.
Please contact LBT for more information.

5. THE 4TH HUDDERSFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH
7.30-8.30pm
Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield
ENTRY FREE

Drinks and nibbles, poetry and music. This reception event will include the official award presentations for the Grist anthology of new writing. www.hud.ac.uk/grist

6. DOCTOR BUCK’S BURLESQUE: post launch party
9pm
Peacock Lounge, 6 Railway Arches, Viaduct Street, Huddersfield, HD1 5DL
Tickets £8/£6

Doctor Buck’s Burlesque is an evening of burlesque celebrating literature past and present, featuring comedy, music, performance and burlesque dancing.

THURSDAY 12TH MARCH

7. A WRITE CHARACTER: creating great characters with MICHAEL STEWART

3.15pm – 5.15pm
Room WG/28, West Building, University of Huddersfield
Tickets £5/£3.50 (includes refreshments)

What makes a character interesting? How do writers construct unique and complex characters that live on in the minds of the reader? This two hour master class will give you the tools to create strong, active characters that jump off the page. Michael Stewart is an award winning writer, who has written several full length stage plays, one of which, Karry Owky, was joint winner of the King’s Cross Award for New Writing, as well as securing work in radio and television. He was the winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award in 2003 and his radio play Excluded was recently short listed for the Imison Award 2008.

8. YORKSHIRE! YORKSHIRE! YORKSHIRE!
6-7pm
Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield
Tickets £5/£3

Three internationally acclaimed voices from Peepal Tree Press/Inscribe, accompanied by axe man to the stars, Chris Campbell. A superb and varied evening of spoken word, poetry and music.
From Simon Murray’s hard-hitting social conscience and catchy licks, to Khadijah Ibrahiim’s beautifully evoked 1970s Leeds childhood and lyrical chants, to Seni Seneviratne’s gentle and accomplished poetic voice tracing her cinnamon roots across oceans and centuries, this is a fantastic opportunity to catch three of the best Black writers around today.
Simon, Khadijah and Seni are published by Peepal Tree Press, home of the best Caribbean and Black British Writing. www.peepaltreepress.com

9. LEMN SISSAY: LISTENER
7.30pm
Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield.
Tickets £10/£8

Lemn Sissay is the author of four poetry collections and his work has appeared in many anthologies. He has also written stage plays, made a six part jazz series for BBC 2 and is presently writer in residence at The South Bank. Lemn will perform poems from his latest collection ‘Listener’.
“Hugely enjoyable, inventive, funny and touching.” The Guardian.


FRIDAY 13TH MARCH

10. THE WORKSHOP OF SENSORY DELIGHTS: with GAIA HOLMES
2-4pm
Room WG/13, West Building, University of Huddersfield
Tickets £5/£3.50 (includes refreshments)

Gaia Holmes will discuss the importance of sensory detail in poetry and guide you through a series of writing exercises to help you produce poems that explore the rich and evocative language of the senses. Gaia is a Luddenden-born poet whose work digs beneath the surface of mundane, urban life to reveal a remarkable seam of exoticism. Her debut poetry collection Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed was published by Comma Press in 2006.

11. POETRY KARAOKE: hosted by DAVID GILL and MICHAEL STEWART
6-7pm
Dogma Cellar Bar, directly opposite the University.
ENTRY FREE

Ever wanted to read out your poem aloud to someone? Do you have one or maybe several poems you want the world to hear? Well here is your chance to have that desire filled. Share your work or a favourite poet (alive or dead), your own or indeed someone else’s and join the karaoke line to stand up and read it to the audience. Alternatively take pot luck and let us give you a poem to perform.
Prizes will be rewarded for:
• The Strangest Poem
• The Funniest Poem
• The Best Performed Poem
• The Best Dressed Performer
And finally
• The Best Chin Stroked Award.

12. IAN MCMILLAN and TONY HUSBAND: A cartoon History of Here
7.30pm
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University
Tickets £10/£8

Comedy, cartoonery, poetry and impro. An hilarious live-action cartoon of Huddersfield starring its friendly folks, fantastic fortunes, dazzling ambition and tender moments. Created by tonight’s audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband. A fast flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top men reflect upon local stories, legends, rivers and romance. Poems and cartoons to go.

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH

13. “Vlad: The Last Confession”
8pm
Dogma Cellar Bar, directly opposite the University.

C.C Humphreys takes historical facts and creates a monumental novel of blood, love and terror in ‘Vlad: The Last Confession’. In the first ever novelisation of Prince Vlad, here is recounted a dark tale told through the eyes of those closest to him. The only woman he ever loved and whom he had to sacrifice. His closest comrade and traitor. And his priest who betrays the secrets of the confessional. This is the true story of Draculea, as it has never been told before. Known for his novel ‘The French Executioner’ C.C Humphreys is also an actor and performer, so be prepared to be entertained on Friday 13th if you dare…

14. NICK TOCZEK’S MILLION-MILES-AN-HOUR SHOW
12 noon – 2pm
Room WG/13, West Building, Huddersfield University
Tickets £4 adults/£3 children (includes refreshments)

After last year’s success, we are delighted to welcome back popular writer and entertainer Nick Toczek, presenting his wonderful one-man show in which he chats and jokes, performs his snappy poems, does brilliantly baffling magic tricks and introduces you to some of his wild and wilful puppets. All at breakneck speed. He doesn’t bite but his puppets might!
Suitable for 3-9 year olds.

15. ESSPRESSO POEMS with THE ALBERT POETS
6-7pm
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University
Tickets £4/£3

The Albert Poets are renowned internationally for helping poetry find a voice in the North of England. For over Twenty years this poetry group has ground away to produce fresh, pungent writing through a mix of informal writing workshops and monthly performances at Huddersfield’s Albert Pub. Having put down their pints, they are now based a local coffee shop for their performances, CoffeEvolution. The Alberts group is evolving but continues to wake people up to poetry with their award-winning poets, some are new writers from the Huddersfield area. There will be a few minutes break at half-time in order to allow people to pause during this rapid-fire event.

16. JOANNE HARRIS in conversation with PAUL BLEZARD

7.30pm
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University
Tickets £8/£6

Joanne Harris is the author of Chocolat, which was made into an academy award nominated movie starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then she has written seven novels, a book of short stories, Jigs and Reels, and two cookbooks. We are delighted to welcome back our chief patron for an evening of conversation with broadcaster and writer, Paul Blezard. Paul was, for eight years, the key presenter at Oneword Radio – the digital station dedicated to spoken word, books and drama – where his unique daily author interview programme “Between the Lines” has recently clocked up over 1,500 editions. He has also been the books reviewer for BBC Radio 2’s The Green Room with Mariella Frostrup. In addition to broadcasting he has chaired literary events at the prestigious Guardian Hay Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, Oxford, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Ilkley and Guildford Festival.

17. JOHN COOPER CLARKE
8pm
The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Tickets £15

In a vain attempt at bourgeois credibility, Manchester’s sharp-dressed, sharp-delivering punk poet Lenny, changed his name to John Cooper Clarke and embarked on a polysyllabic excursion through Thrillsville. Expect a mix of hilarious anecdotes of life in a northern t own interspersed with machine-gun fast delivery of some of his best poems. If you this poetry is dull and boring, or posh and erudite – you haven’t heard JCC.

SUNDAY 15TH MARCH

18. HUGHES ON THE HILL
1pm
Meeting Place: Mytholmroyd Station (by Walkers Notice Board, at top of slope)
Tickets £5/£3

A guided walk of countryside that inspired much of Hughes’s work led by Donald Crosslet of the Elmet Trust, who will provide a commentary linking key Ted Hughes poems to the landscape. The walk will take about 2-3 hours.
Please note strenuous route-walking boots are essential. Weatherproof clothing advisable.

19. ROB CHAPMAN: STEAM OF CONSCIOUS MESS – OR MY FOUND LIFE
3-5pm
Room WG/13, West Building, Huddersfield University
Tickets £5/£3.50 (includes refreshments)

Creative writing is all about self-expression, Right? Or finding your inner voice. Well it can be, but there are other routes suggests Rob Chapman. Drawing upon rich heritage of experimental literature and modern art, Rob will demonstrate in this workshop how cut-ups and ‘found objects’ from the everyday world can be successfully unitilised in the creative process. Rob Chapman’s debut novel Dusk Music was recently published by Flambard. He has been a regular contributor to Mojo, Uncut and The Times and is currently completing a book about the eccentric founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett.

20. SALT OF THE EARTH
6-7pm
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University
Tickets £5/£3

Three prize winning writers will be reading from their recent collections. They are two short-story writers and one poet, each published by Salt, the innovative publisher of new and exciting work. All are experienced at entertaining live audiences with engaging readings.
Elizabeth Baines is a novelist, short story writers and recipient of many prizes, the most recent being 3rd prize in 2008 Raymond Carver Short Story Competition. Her collection ‘Balancing on the Edge of the World’ (Salt 2007), was long listed for the 2008 Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize.
Mike Barlow is a poet who has won a number of prizes including First prize in the 2006 National Poetry Competition. In 2008 a portfolio of his poems was shortlisted for the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize. His second collection is ‘Another Place’ (Salt 2007).
Carys Davies has won prizes in many national and international short story competitions, including Bridport, Asham and Orange/Harpers&Queen. Her critically acclaimed debut collection ‘Some New Ambush’ (Salt 2007) was long listed for the Wales Book of The Year Prize and the 2008 Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize.

21. RENEGADE: MARK E SMITH in conversation with MICHAEL STEWART
7.30pm
St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield University
Tickets £8/£6

The festival finale is a real coup for Huddersfield. For over thirty years Mark E Smith has been the front man of The Fall – one of the most exciting and innovative rock groups in England. Mark will be talking about his life, work, writers and writing and his autobiography: ‘Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E Smith, an hilarious comic rant’. “I hope this book turns out like Mein Kampf for the Hollyoaks generation” Mark E Smith. This is a rare chance to meet a living legend.

For more information on all these events, the places and to book/reserve tickets please visit www.litfest.org.uk.

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