Wakefield Lit Fest (WLF) is a festival which has been celebrating reading and writing annually in late September since it was established by Beam in 2012.  WLF 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.

This year we are working in partnership with A Firm of Poets to deliver the 2017 festival, supported by Arts Council England. Full details about this year’s festival can be found on the Wakefield Lit Fest website.

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