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  1. Ted Hughes

    Mytholmroyd

    Ted Hughes

    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there unti...

    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there until he was seven, when his family moved to Mexborough. During his childhood he spent many hours exploring the countryside around Mytholmroyd, and these experiences and the influences of the landscape on him were to inform much of his later poetry.

    One of the greatest poets of his generation, Hughes also wrote stories, plays, reviews and essays. He translated the work of, amongst others, Ovid, Racine, Aeschylus and Euripides. He wrote extensively for children, including the story The Iron Man, which was turned into the Disney blockbuster The Iron Giant. Hughes's interests in other art forms led to many collaborations, most famously with the artist Leonard Baskin.

    Although best known in the UK, Hughes was a writer of international standing. He won numerous awards throughout his career, including four for his final collection, Birthday Letters. Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death on 28th October 1998.

  2. Arthur Smith – Laughs, Stories, a Song and a Poem

    Halifax

    Arthur Smith – Laughs, Stories, a Song and a Poem

    27th Sep 2019

    Fri 27 Sep, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions) Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institutio...
    Fri 27 Sep, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions) Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the nineteen eighties and nineties. Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs (at least 1 from Leonard Cohen) and readings from his recently published memoir ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’ which has won praise from literary critics. He will also tell the story, as well as a portrait of his late father PC Sad Smith, survivor of Colditz POW camp and London copper.
  3. Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover

    Halifax

    Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover:

    Starting 2nd Oct 2019
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    A series of entertaining Historical Talks by local historian David Glover.

    2 p.m. ...

    A series of entertaining Historical Talks by local historian David Glover.

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 2nd October

    THE YOUNG QUEEN VICTORIA – 1819-1840 – A SLIDESHOW

    Born 200 years ago this year, Victoria’s youth was remarkably solitary, and not very happy. In this presentation David focuses on these early years, beginning with the curious marriage of her parents. He explains her mother’s feud with her governesses, Victoria’s succession to the throne, and her marriage to Albert…

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 9th October

    THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER 1900-2002

    Born into the aristocracy, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon did not expect to live a public life, but her pretty face caught the eye of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and romance followed. In 1936 he became King George VI, and she the Queen Consort. During World War II she was dubbed by Hitler ‘The most dangerous women in Europe.’  Latterly, a national mother-figure.

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 16th October

    OLD PHOTOS OF HALIFAX - PART 9

    David’s ‘Old Photos of Halifax’ presentations have become hugely popular.  Here is a brand new selection. Come and see pictures of the band of ‘The Dukes’ parading the streets of Halifax; and view elephants on South Parade!Find out what Pye Nest and Shroggs Road looked like years ago, and rediscover lost roads like Stannary and Colbeck Street. 

    All taking place at Square Chapel on Wednesdays at 2pm. Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) Book your tickets via the Square Chapel Box Office or Website

  4. Dave Johns: From Byker to BAFTAS + Q&A

    Halifax

    Dave Johns: From Byker to BAFTAS + Q&A

    12th Oct 2019

    Sat 12 Oct, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins Age: 18+ Dave Johns has been a sta...
    Sat 12 Oct, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins Age: 18+ Dave Johns has been a stand-up comic for nearly 3 decades touring his one man shows worldwide. Best known for his critically acclaimed breakthrough performance in Ken Loach’s 2016 Palme D’Or and BAFTA winning film I, Daniel Blake. Thereafter many film roles have followed such as The Keeper, Fisherman’s Friends and his latest film, 23 Walks’ staring alongside Alison Steadman due to be released in 2020. This autumn Dave presents his New stand up show for 2019: From Byker to the BAFTA’s
  5. Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    Halifax

    Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    6th Nov 2019

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 6th November

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 6th November

    Earlier this year, the tale of a girl 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? 

    David looks at the basic facts, including the effigy burning and the saucy comments addressed to Anne by local men!

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

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