Thursday 28th March: Turn The Page 10. From 7:30 til 9:30 pm. Free entry

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A relaxed evening of poetry, words, music and readings. All welcome and free entry.

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The Book Corner is proud to be supporting Independent Publishers for the month of April

Friday 5th April: Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession UK Book Launch. Time 7 pm. Free entry

Leonard and Hungry PaulJoin us for the UK book launch of Irish author Ronan Hession’s debut novel, Leonard and Hungry Paul, published by local indie publisher Bluemoose Books.

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends who ordinarily would remain uncelebrated. It finds a value and specialness in them that is not immediately apparent and prompts the idea that maybe we could learn from the people that we overlook in life. Leonard and Hungry Paul change the world differently to the rest of us: we try and change it by effort and force; they change it by discovering the small things they can do well and offering them to others.

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Thursday 11th April: Launch Night of Zebra by Ian Humphreys with Zaffar Kunial and Natalie Burdett. 7pm. Free entry  

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Join us for the official launch of Zebra – the debut collection of poetry from Hebden Bridge-based poet, Ian Humphreys. Published by Nine Arches Press, the book shimmers with music, wit and humour while exploring mixed identities, otherness, and coming-of-age as a gay man in 1980s Manchester.

Zebra is a love poem to identity – and the complicated, violent world in which it is shaped. Ian Humphreys celebrates and mourns that world in his fierce, delicate, mastery of language: the collection rings with an extraordinary combination of pride and fury, love and grief. Glorious in every sense of the word, this is an important book, and I am very grateful for it.” – Clare Shaw

“A powerful, moving, original body of work.” – Jean Sprackland

“Ian has an enviable gift of finding final lines of poems, many of which are seared on the surface of my memory.” – Mona Arshi

Guest readers: Zaffar Kunial and Natalie Burdett.

Ian Humphreys’ debut collection, Zebra, is published by Nine Arches Press (2019). His work features in journals and anthologies, such as The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit, Magma and The Forward Book of Poetry 2019. Awards include first prize in the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize. He has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry, and two of his poems have been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. Ian is a fellow of The Complete Works, which promotes diversity, quality and innovation in British poetry. A portfolio of his poems is published in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe).

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. His pamphlet Faber New Poets 11 was published in 2014. An essay ‘Laburnum Time’ was collected in the anthology of woodland writing, Arboreal (Little Toller, 2016). His first full poetry collection, Us, was published by Faber & Faber in 2018. He was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2018.

Natalie Burdett was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice Poet for 2018. She is currently studying for a Creative Writing PhD. Her poems have been published in anthologies including A New Manchester Alphabet and The Emma Press’ This is Not Your Final Form, in magazines including Ink Sweat & Tears and Under the Radar, plus shortlisted for The London Magazine and Bridport Prizes.

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Thursday 18th April: Built on Sand by Paul Scraton. 7pm.

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Join us and indie publishers Influx Press for a short reading followed by a Q&A with Paul Scraton.

Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts but also a city of teachers and construction workers, of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled. A city named after marshland – if you dig a hole you’ll soon hit sand. A place still bearing the scars of National Socialism and the divided city that emerged from the wreckage of war.

Built on Sand centres on the personal geographies of place, and how memory and history live on in the individual and collective imagination. This novel offers a portrait of a city three decades on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the legacy of that history in a city that was once divided but remains fractured and fragmented.

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Thursday 23rd May: Jill Liddington – Writing Anne Lister. 7 pm.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is booksjill.jpgCome and join us to hear local historian Jill Liddington discuss her books on Anne Lister.

More details and ticket information coming soon.


Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October – Halifax Festival of Words.

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Previous Events


Friday 15th March – Carol Ann Duffy and Friends, partnering with The Square Chapel

Saturday 9th March – -Book signing with Linda Green.

Thursday 21st February – Story time with Cathy Calvert and Ned.

Sunday 3rd February – Dirty Bertie event with Alan MacDonald, partnering with The Square Chapel

Thursday 17th January    – Turn The Page 9. Poetry, music, open mic night.


Saturday 15th December – Book Signing with Penny Thorpe, author of The Quality Street Girls

Thursday 6th December    – Book signing with Ben Myers and Bluemoose Books.

Saturday 24th November – Book signing with Martine McDonagh

Friday 9th November – The Light in The Dark: A Winter Journal with Horatio Clare

Thursday 1st November – Book signing with Andrew Bibby

Sunday 28th October – Book signing with The Yorkshire Vet – Peter Wright

Saturday 20th October – Burning Brightly: Northern Voices in YA with Liz Flanagan, Mark Illis, Danielle Jawando and Melvin Burgess

Friday 12- Sunday 14th October – Halifax Festival of Words

Saturday 6th October – Afternoon Tea with Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday 29th September  –  Book signing with Mary Jayne Baker

Thursday 27th September –  S.R. Whitehead Launch

Wednesday 12th September. Gaia Holmes Where The Road Runs Out launch

Monday 28th August. Poet’s Corner with Keith Hutson and Mark Pajak

Thursday 23rd August.Turn The Page 7 . Poetry, spoken word, open mic night

Monday 30th July. WordPlay Summer Special Ft. Andrew McMillan, Professor Michael Symmons Roberts & Mark Pajak partnering with WordPlay and The Square Chapel

Thursday 5th July. Four Poets and Environmental Thinking poetry evening

Saturday 30th June. The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party

Thursday 21 June. Turn The Page 6Poetry, spoken word, open mic night

Tuesday 29th May. Glow Anthology book launch with Gaia Holmes

Sunday 27th May. Benjamin Myers: Under The Rock book signing

Saturday 19th May. Roger McGough: As Far As I Know Tour partnering with The Square Chapel

Monday 14th May. Jill Liddington: Winning Votes For Women in Halifax and Beyond. Talk, Q&A, book signing

Wednesday 26th April. Hollie McNish Plum Tour partnering with The Square Chapel

Thursday 19th April. Turn The Page 5. Poetry, spoken word, open mic night

Wednesday 18th April. Launch of Light After Light by Vicky Gatehouse

Saturday 14th April. Book signing with Julia Chapman

Saturday 7th April. Book signing with Mary Jayne Baker

Thursday 7th December. Book Signing with The Yorkshire Vet – Julian Norton

Saturday 20th January. Stuart Maconie Long Road From Jarrow Tour partnering with The Square Chapel


Sunday 26th November. George Costigan in conversation with Willy Russell partnering with The Square Chapel