Festival of Words 2021

The third Halifax Festival of Words curated & organised by The Book Corner & The Grayston Unity & sponsored by Discover Halifax & Snowflake Media. Taking place October 22 to 24 October across 5 venues. Visit Halifax Festival of Words here for the full programme, or browse events at the Book Corner below


To buy tickets for ticketed events, please visit us in store or contact us through email or phone.

Friday 22nd October

Halifax 1842, A Year of Crisis

A great strike of all trades took place across
England in 1842, reaching it’s zenith in the industrial towns of the north. Here
there was organised agitation for social reform. Come and join author
Catherine Howe to find out what happened in Halifax.

Friday 22nd October 2021 at 11:00am
The Book Corner

Free event

Map Making Workshop with Christopher Goddard

The local cartographer and author of The West Yorkshire Woods and The West Yorkshire Moors leads a creative workshop to inspire you to produce your own personal style of maps. Weather allowing, most of the workshop will be outside. Please bring your own notebook, paper, pens or pencils.

Friday 22nd October 2021 at 1:30pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 90 minutes

Tickets £17.00

Bridging the publishing gap: Fox and Windmill in conversation with award winning Bluemoose Books.

The founders of Fox and Windmill Books will be
chatting to Kevin and Hetha Duffy, founders of Bluemoose Books about the
world of independent publishing. They’ll be talking about why they started
their indie press and how they will be doing things differently to help bridge
the diversity and accessibility gap in publishing.

Friday 22nd October 2021 at 6:00pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 90 minutes

Tickets £8.00

Saturday 23rd October

Storytime with Grandad Wheels

Join Brian Abram as he reads from his books
and holds a drawing competition to design him a new, futuristic wheelchair.

Saturday 23rd October 2021 at 10:15am
The Book Corner
Approx. 30 minutes
Free Event

Illustration workshop with Chris Mould

If you’ve never picked up a pen in
your life or if you want to pursue an already keen interest in the arts, come
along and join in with Chris Mould, scribbler of The Iron Man, The Truth Pixie
and many other characters, who will take you through a whole host of handy
hints to help you on your creative path. All ages, genders and sizes welcome.

Saturday 23rd October 2021 at 12 noon.
The Book Corner
Approx. 90 minutes
Tickets £10.00

Roy of the Rovers with Tom Palmer

After a dramatic last season things were
looking bleak for Roy and his teammates. A fresh season brings fresh hope, but
things aren’t about to get any easier both on and off the field. Come and chat
football with children’s author Tom Palmer.

Saturday 23rd October 2021 at 2:30pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 45 minutes
Free event

Indiana Bones Storytime with Harry Heape

Indiana Bones is a shaggy dog
with a difference. He’s got superpowers and can sniff out criminals and – with
his young friend and owner Aisha – solve mysteries that would flummox the
world’s more expert detectives!

Saturday 23rd October 2021 at 4:00pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 30 minutes
Free event

An Intimate Evening with Jill Liddington: All You Need to Know About Anne Lister

Come along and ask historian and Anne Lister expert Jill Liddington all
your Anne based questions.

Saturday 23rd October 2021 at 5:30pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 60 minutes
Tickets £6.00

Sunday 24th October

Dragons of Wainhouse Tower Storytime

A tale about the kindness of mythical creatures living in a Halifax landmark will
capture the hearts of children and adults alike.

Join Sarah and Sue accompanied by characters from the book for a magical
animated story time…

Sunday 24th October 2021 at 11:00am
The Book Corner
Approx. 30 minutes
Free event

Cathy and Ned

Come along and meet Cathy who will be bringing Ned and Bess, the friendly sheepdog stars of her children’s picture books. She’ll be reading Bess, What a Mess!

Sunday 24th October 2021 at 1:30pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 30 minutes
Free event

The Alchemist’s Kitchen: A writing workshop with Gaia Holmes

The alchemist’s kitchen is full of bottles containing strange, glittering, whispering
potions. Join Gaia Holmes as she explores the art of transforming the mundanity
of the everyday into something magical with the power of your pen.

Sunday 24th October 2021 at 3:00pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 90 minutes
Tickets £17

Reading the Heeding with Rob Cowen

A year of looking, listening and
noticing across four unique seasons and thirty-five beautifully illustrated
poems. Come along and hear Rob Cowen #readingtheheeding or possibly read
one of his poems yourself.

Sunday 24th October 2021 at 6:00pm
The Book Corner
Approx. 90 minutes
Tickets £10

Festival Patrons

We are honoured to have owners of Bluemoose Publishing Kevin Duffy & Hetha Duffy & children’s author Tom Palmer as our festival patrons.

Kevin and Hetha started Bluemoose in 2006 to find great new stories and writers. We’re delighted to be patrons of The Halifax Festival of Words and Music, which since its inception has been doing just that, finding and promoting great stories and Music in Halifax and beyond and it is wonderful to see the festival go from strength to strength.

Tom Palmer is the author of more than 50 books for children. His subjects range from football and rugby to history, with a particular focus on the First and Second World Wars. He has won several book prizes and was awarded the 2019 Ruth Rendell Award for services to literacy. Tom lives in Halifax.