Word Feast set to make Otley hive of literary activity

Otley Courthouse

Otley Courthouse

First published in News

Otley will become a hive of literary activity this weekend.

Otley Word Feast’s 2014 Celebration Weekend will see venues across the town hosting writing workshops, talks and readings from tomorrow until Sunday.

The event kicks off with the Grand Opening Feast at Korks Wine Bar from 7pm on Friday, which will include a prize-giving ceremony, entertainment, a supper and a book stall.

Other highlights look set to include Sonnets and Scones, with James Nash, and A Terribly Sedate and Right Proper Poetry Reading, featuring Char March, and storytelling with Vickie Orton’s Flight of Fancy at Otley Labour Rooms.

Local historian Paul Wood will give a talk on eight centuries of Otley, while Otley Library will hold several free children’s activities. The Courthouse will host Standing in Line, an evening performance telling the story of Albert Scrimshaw’s great uncle during the First World War.

Sunday attractions will include a Walk with Words and, for children, a Gruffalo Walk with Kit Perkins.

There will also be the launch of Otley Word Feast Press’s poetry book, Spokes – compiled to celebrate the Tour de France’s forthcoming visit.

For full programme details and to check the availability of tickets for some events – many of them are free – visit otleywordfeast.org.uk.

Otley Word Feast organisers said they wished to thank Otley Town Council, Leeds City Council, the Co-operative Community Fund, Leeds Inspired and local business for their support.

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