Wakefield Lit Fest is an emergent festival celebrating reading and writing, established and programmed by Beam since 2012. It aims to achieve a balance between quality and participation; learning opportunities and a diverse definition of ‘literature’.
The festival has a strong sense of ‘places and spaces’ and the relationship between the written and performed word and the places we live in, walk through and imagine. The festival also has a keen interest in literature’s relationship with other artforms.
Festival headliners have included Simon Armitage, Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Wood, John Cooper Clarke, Will Self, Jackie Kay, Joanne Harris and others. The festival has engaged with audiences of over 14,000 in total to date and has a particular focus on community engagement and partnership working.