The Festival Season

I’m very fortunate to live in an area where there are always a lot of creative things going on.  There’s the Huddersfield Literature Festival, the Marsden Jazz Festival, and Holmfirth in particular is has reinvented itself as a festival town since the ending of the ‘Summer Wine’ days.  The Film Festival has just finished, following hot on the heels of the Folk Festival.  And next month, from the 14th to the 17th of June, it’s the turn of the Holmfirth Art Festival.

Holmfirth Writers Group, of which I’m a member, has had a long association with the festival and has been involved in many events over the years. This year is no exception. On Saturday 16 June we will be putting on two creative writing workshops in Holmfirth Library: the first, at 1-2pm, aimed at children and the second, 3-5pm at adults (I’ll be involved in that one). Also, some members of the group – myself included – have provided words that are being set to music by local composer Barry Russell for Sing Holmfirth, a choral event with orchestral accompaniment, in celebration of the Holme Valley.

As ever, there will be lots of other things going on too: comedy, music, art, theatre, and plenty of events people can get involved in themselves. Looks like it’s going to be an exciting few days – I can’t wait! If you’re in – or within range of – the West Yorkshire area, why not check out the festival website: And if you’re interested in doing a bit of writing, I’d love to see you at 3 o’clock on Saturday the 16th!



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