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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is booksjill.jpgHow do you write about a woman who’s already written a four-million word diary? About a woman whose every letter artfully resculpts the truth?

Come and join us to hear local historian Jill Liddington discuss her books on Anne Lister.

Tickets are £4. This includes a glass of wine.

This event is sold out.


Friday 31st May: The Wandering Poet Tour – Ben Guilfoyle. 7 pm.

heroThis is the eleventh show of the tour. This is a free ticketed event running on a donations / pay as you feel system. Free tickets are available here

Benjamin Guilfoyle aka ‘The Woolly Hat Poet’ is taking his poetry on the road as he walks 110 miles to raise money for the Lancaster Homeless Shelter and the Central Lancaster Children’s Library. Performing 12 poetry shows on 12 consecutive days in 12 different towns Benjamin will be walking between each show relying on the kindness of his audiences to put him up for the night. Along the way Benjamin will be supported by guest poets from each town and open mic for those who would like to perform their own work.

Guest poet:

Geneviève L. Walsh:
Geneviève L. Walsh is a writer and performer of ‘incomparable, socially aware poetry’ [The Punk Site], who has performed at Kendal Calling, Long Division, Strummercamp, Festival8, Manchester Literature Festival, Wakefield Lit Fest and every scary backstreet pub you can imagine. Her debut collection The Dance of a Thousand Losers was published by Flapjack Press in 2017 and her one-woman show A Place in the Shade will debut later in 2019. She is the founder and host of Spoken Weird (Halifax), including its main night at the award-winning Victorian Craft Beer Cafe, and its LGBT+ sister event, Spoken Queered. She is also co-host of Stirred (Manchester) and co-founder of their Invisible Disabilities Slam, which debuted in 2017.

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

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Previous Events


Thursday 16th May  Turn The Page 11 Open mic night

Saturday 11th May – Dragon Daughter book signing with Liz Flanagan.

Monday 29th April – D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer launch.

April 2019 – Proudly supporting Independent Publishers:

  • Thursday 18th April Built on Sand by Paul Scraton book launch with Influx Press.

  • Thursday 11th April Zebra by Ian Humphreys poetry launch. Supported by Natalie Burdett and Zaffar Kunial with Nine Arches Press.

  • Friday 5th April  Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession UK book launch with Bluemoose Books.

Thursday 28th March Turn The Page 10. Poetry, music, open mic night.

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