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  1. Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover:

    Halifax

    Some Gay Kings, Queens & Princes: Illustrated Historical Talk

    24th Feb 2020

    7.30pm

    Celebrating LGBT History Month 'Some Gay Kings, Queens & Princes' - an entertaining Historical Talk by local historian David ...

    7.30pm

    Celebrating LGBT History Month 'Some Gay Kings, Queens & Princes' - an entertaining Historical Talk by local historian David Glover.

    Includes tales of Edward the Second, Queen Christina, Queen Anne, Ludwig of Bavaria, a cross-dressing Archduke, an Uncle of our present Queen and an Uncle of Prince Philip!

    Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) Book your tickets via the Square Chapel Box Office 01422 349422 or Website

  2. Dreaming Valleys

    Hebden Bridge

    Dreaming Valleys

    14th Mar 2020

    A day of engagement with topography, history and folklore. Kelly Starling - 'Dancing with Ghosts: Journeys to Robinwood Mill' Alison Cooper - '...
    A day of engagement with topography, history and folklore. Kelly Starling - 'Dancing with Ghosts: Journeys to Robinwood Mill' Alison Cooper - 'Geography of Grief: Pilgrimage through the Pennines' Dr Jennie Bailey - 'An Artery to a Heart: mapping the Rochdale Canal' Mark Valentine - 'Northern Soul: Lost weird writers of the North' Andy Roberts - 'The Demon in the Valley/ Alan Garner, Thursbitch & the fiction of fact' John Billingsley - 'Stoodley Pike: The underlying narrative' Mark Williamson (Spaceship): 'Outcrops' (musical performance with film) Steve Goldman - Society for the Preservation of Boring Grid Squares 9.15am - 5.30pm Tickets £20 (advance - before 12th March), £22 on the door (cash only) Vegan and vegetarian refreshments available. Email editor@northerneaerth.co.uk
  3. Father to Gentleman Jack

    Halifax

    Father to Gentleman Jack

    1st Apr 2020

    2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) Captain Jeremy Lister was a career soldier, who ...
    2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) Captain Jeremy Lister was a career soldier, who did not marry until he was 36. A younger son of Shibden Hall, he fought in the American Revolutionary War, and was to father one of the most remarkable women of the 19th Century, Anne Lister. David Glover details his long life, from 1752 to 1836, including his complex relationship with his daughters.
  4. The Curious Tale of Eliza Raine

    Halifax

    The Curious Tale of Eliza Raine

    3rd Apr 2020

    Square Chapel, Copper Auditorium, doors 12, start 12.15pm to 1:30 pm Tickets: £10.50 Anne Lister followed a long and winding trail of women, ...
    Square Chapel, Copper Auditorium, doors 12, start 12.15pm to 1:30 pm Tickets: £10.50 Anne Lister followed a long and winding trail of women, before finding Ann Walker and taking the Sacrament at Holy Trinity / Goodramgate. But the first of those was Eliza Raine. Their relationship went far beyond the dormered room the two young women shared at the Manor School in York, and finally ended at the same asylum Ann Walker was forced to enter. Join author Patricia Hughes at the Copper Auditorium at Square Chapel as she discusses this very important chapter in Anne’s storied past, as described in her book, “The Early Life of Miss Anne Lister and the Curious Tale of Miss Eliza Raine”. About the Author: Patricia Hughes worked with Dorothy Thompson at Birmingham University's Department of Modern History in the UK to decode and translate the coded passages of Anne Lister's vast, detailed journal.
  5. Conserving Anne Lister's Diaries

    Halifax

    Conserving Anne Lister's Diaries

    Starting 3rd Apr 2020
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    Join the West Yorkshire Archive Service Conservation Team at Halifax Central Library & Archives for a talk about the fascinating conservation and t...
    Join the West Yorkshire Archive Service Conservation Team at Halifax Central Library & Archives for a talk about the fascinating conservation and treatment work undertaken on Anne’s diaries to ensure their long-term preservation* - including them being bandaged up in conservation’s diary hospital! Don’t miss the opportunity to drop in and have a chat with our Archives team and see the collection up close after the talk. *This project was made possible by the generous support of Sally Wainwright from the Wellcome Trust Screenwriters Fellowship Dates: Friday 3rd April 10.30-11.30am Monday 6th April 10.30-11.30am Tuesday 7th April 10.30-11.30am Price: £5 per person
  6. Clara Barley – The Moss House Author Talk

    Halifax

    Clara Barley – The Moss House Author Talk SOLD OUT

    4th Apr 2020

    2pm - 3.30pm

    Join Halifax-based writer Clara Barley, as she discusses her novel, The Moss House, about neighbouring landowners Anne...

    2pm - 3.30pm

    Join Halifax-based writer Clara Barley, as she discusses her novel, The Moss House, about neighbouring landowners Anne Lister and Ann Walker.

    Barley's fictional re-telling explores how the women's lives became entwined in a passionate, forbidden relationship and retreated to the Moss House, their private sanctuary away from an unaccepting world.

    Barley will discuss where truth meets fiction about Anne Lister - lesbian, diarist, landowner, scholar, traveller and mountaineer, and how she adapted the true story into a novel.

    The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

    Free but booking essential. Book online or in person at Central lLbrary

  7. Who was the Real Anne Lister?

    Halifax

    Who was the Real Anne Lister? SOLD OUT

    4th Apr 2020

    Doors 4.15pm With Helena Whitbread & Jill Liddington A reprise of 2019's phenomenal event, these two pioneering researchers and Anne Lister e...
    Doors 4.15pm With Helena Whitbread & Jill Liddington A reprise of 2019's phenomenal event, these two pioneering researchers and Anne Lister experts will spend the evening discussing the fascinating woman that was Anne Lister. Q&A session following the discussion
  8. Young Anne Lister - The Early Years of Gentleman Jack 1791 to 1811

    Halifax

    Young Anne Lister - The Early Years of Gentleman Jack 1791 to 1811

    5th Apr 2020

    7.30pm In the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, the mistress of Shibden Hall has been brought realistically to life, covering the years from 1832, ...
    7.30pm In the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, the mistress of Shibden Hall has been brought realistically to life, covering the years from 1832, when Anne already was in her 40s. But what were her youthful days like? Who were her friends, who was her Anglo-Indian girlfriend, and how did she cope with a drunken mother? In detail, David tells the little-known story of Anne’s parents, her youth in the East Riding, and her expulsion from The Manor School.
  9. Wife to Gentleman Jack?

    Halifax

    Wife to Gentleman Jack?

    6th Apr 2020

    7:30pm at Copper Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee)

    We know her as a mature wo...

    7:30pm at Copper Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee)

    We know her as a mature women through Gentleman Jack. David now tells the story of Ann’s family, the Walkers of Crow Nest, highlighting her youth.

    What was the unusual destiny of Ann’s only brother? Did she suffer mentally before she met the mistress of Shibden Hall?

    The Walker story up to the early 1830s.

  10. Riches & Rivalry - Anne Lister and Christopher Rawson

    Halifax

    Riches & Rivalry - Anne Lister and Christopher Rawson

    7th Apr 2020

    Doors 5.30pm, 6pm start

    £15 plus booking fee

    Join local writer and historian, Jill Liddington, in the intimate s...

    Doors 5.30pm, 6pm start

    £15 plus booking fee

    Join local writer and historian, Jill Liddington, in the intimate setting of Hope Hall, home of Christopher Rawson.

    Jill will be discussing the complex relationship between Anne Lister & powerful banker Christopher Rawson, resident of Hope Hall 1808-49.

    Gain exclusive entry to this magnificent Georgian house as Jill explores the industrial rivalry and political allegiance between two of Halifax’s most distinguished historical figures.

    A glass of wine is included in the ticket price. There will be a pop-up Anne Lister bookstore and a book-signing with Jill after the event.

  11. Spoken Queered in the Library

    Halifax

    Spoken Queered in the Library

    7th Apr 2020

    7pm-9pm

    Halifax’s only LGBTQ poetry night is back, and we’re holding a spoken word birthday party for our town’s most ...

    7pm-9pm

    Halifax’s only LGBTQ poetry night is back, and we’re holding a spoken word birthday party for our town’s most famous Queer writer. A celebration of the North’s modern LGBTQ poetry scene, headlined by Sez Thomasin, Michelle Dee and Zee Younus at Central Library and hosted by Spoken Queered founder Geneviève L. Walsh.

    May contain adult themes. Age14 + but under 16s should be accompanied by a parent/ guardian

    Want to take part in the open mic? Sign up for a writing and performance workshop with Genevieve from 3pm-5pm by emailing reference.library@calderdale.gov.uk  in which you can take some inspiration from Anne Lister’s diaries and learn to own the stage in her inimitable, confident style!

    Price: £5/ £3 passport to leisure

    Book online or in or in person at Central library

  12. Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    Halifax

    Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    8th Apr 2020

    7:30pm: David Glover: Gentleman Jack, the Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840 Earlier last year, the tale of a woman from Halifax appeared on TV scree...
    7:30pm: David Glover: Gentleman Jack, the Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840 Earlier last year, the tale of a woman from Halifax appeared on TV screens in Gentleman Jack, an eight-part series. But this only covered two years; what was the rest of her life like? Local historian David Glover looks at the basic facts, including the effigy burning. Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee)
  13. Ann Walker's In Laws

    Halifax

    Ann Walker's In Laws

    8th Apr 2020

    2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) In 1828, well-to-do Elizabeth Walker of Crow N...
    2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) In 1828, well-to-do Elizabeth Walker of Crow Nest married a penniless Scots soldier much against the wishes of her family. The marriage proved happy, and Elizabeth inherited more money later. David reveals the extraordinary tale of the Sutherland family, which eventually destroyed itself through ill judgement and greed.
  14. Hebden Folk Roots Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2020

    Starting 8th May 2020
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    8th - 10th May 2020 Hebden Folk Roots Festival takes place over the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th May 2020, in its sixth year, set against th...
    8th - 10th May 2020 Hebden Folk Roots Festival takes place over the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th May 2020, in its sixth year, set against the backdrop of the stunning Calder Valley here in Hebden Bridge. It has evolved into a well attended event in the Folk Roots calendar, attracting people from across the country to experience a unique festival, lovingly created by local musicians and folk music enthusiasts. Details of the acts at this year's festival will be revealed soon.
  15. Halifax Festival of Words 2020

    Halifax

    Halifax Festival of Words 2020

    Starting 2nd Oct 2020
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    Halifax’s independent Festival of Words will be returning in October larger than ever before.

    Halifax’s independent Festival of Words will be returning in October larger than ever before.

    It will run in the town from 2nd to 4th October 2020 and will contain its popular mix of readings, live music, spoken word and dj sets. 

    Some of the highlights already confirmed include live music from The Membranes & Choir, The Lovely Eggs, Hope & Social, The Orielles in conversation and David Hepworth.

    For all enquiries please email halifaxwords@gmail.com

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