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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. The History Jar

    Halifax

    The History Jar at Orange Box Young People’s Centre

    Starting 25th Apr 2019
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    'History Jar' Day Schools in Halifax Thursday 25th April 2019 10.00am -3.30 pm Fee: £20 Joan of Kent - princess of controversy and first P...
    'History Jar' Day Schools in Halifax Thursday 25th April 2019 10.00am -3.30 pm Fee: £20 Joan of Kent - princess of controversy and first Princess of Wales Find out about Joan’s childhood in the aftermath of her father’s execution for treason including her life at the court of Philippa of Hainault. The marital escapades of the Fair Maid of Kent are documented in Froissart. We will explore medieval marriage through Joan’s clandestine relationship with Thomas Holland; her bigamous but politically strategic marriage to William Montacute and her third marriage to the Black Prince. We will also consider Joan’s importance as the mother of the child Richard II despite her lack of official status, her reputation for piety and her popularity with the peasants. Thursday 23rd May 2019 10.00am -3.30 pm Fee £20 Thomas Fairfax- A Yorkshireman’s Civil War We will explore Fairfax’s role in the Bishops’ War and the Fairfax position in the escalating dispute between King and Parliament before following his progress from Seacroft Moor to Adwalton. We will chart Fairfax’s swift progression through the first and second civil wars from local politics to the national scene. From there we will move on to the trial of the king, regicide and the establishment of a republic. We will consider his role at Colchester and Burford. We will explore Fairfax’s relationship with his wife Anne the key political figures of the period and also Fairfax’s literary contributions. Email for further details and alternative methods of payment at thehistoryjar@gmail.com
  3. Portrait of Anne Lister

    Halifax

    The Anne Lister Diaries - Illustrated Talk

    1st May 2019

    10.30am - 12 Noon Join Archivist Dan Sudron and Head of Conservation, Shirley Jones at The Calderdale Archives in Halifax Central Library, for a...
    10.30am - 12 Noon Join Archivist Dan Sudron and Head of Conservation, Shirley Jones at The Calderdale Archives in Halifax Central Library, for a talk about the famous diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall which are held at Calderdale Archive and enlisted on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Find out how the conservation team undertook conservation treatment on the pages and bindings of the diaries in preparation for digitisation and to ensure their long term preservation. Free talk - Booking required via Eventbrite, please follow the hyperlink below.
  4. Up North Film & Television Festival

    Halifax

    Up North Film & Television Festival

    Starting 3rd May 2019
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    Square Chapel Arts Centre presents Up North Film & Television Festival Fri 03 May—Wed 29 May

    Various at Squar...

    Square Chapel Arts Centre presents Up North Film & Television Festival Fri 03 May—Wed 29 May

    Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre

    Tickets: £29.50-£5 (Festival Pass £99 & £59 for under 25s)

    Celebrating northern voices on screen & behind the camera!

    Click here to download a PDF copy of the festival brochure

  5. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: The Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England

    7th May 2019

    The Highlight of the Rural Year: The Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England, 1890-1925 Dr Stephen Caunce, member. This talk deals with...
    The Highlight of the Rural Year: The Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England, 1890-1925 Dr Stephen Caunce, member. This talk deals with a largely forgotten traditional event which was eagerly anticipated every year in many towns across most of the north. It is based entirely on original research and is put over largely in the words of participants and observers of the time. Hiring fairs had a highly practical basic purpose in linking employers with workers, male and female, who were seeking jobs, but as the title suggests, much more went on besides Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  6. Hebden Folk Roots Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2019

    Starting 10th May 2019
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    10th - 12th May 2019 Hebden Folk Roots Festival takes place over the weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th May 2019, in its 5th year, set against t...
    10th - 12th May 2019 Hebden Folk Roots Festival takes place over the weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th May 2019, in its 5th 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. This year’s festival starts with Medieval trance band, Tritor, who specialise in vocal harmonies, hurdy gurdy and didgeridoo, transporting you back in time to the roots of all written music. They are supporting the main band, Merry Hell, an English folk band from Wigan who are also influenced by old folk music traditions – “Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please.” Over at the Old Gate Rakish Paddy will be performing traditional Irish music and at St. James Church there will be a beautiful evening of choral singing with 7 choirs coming together, they include; Four Horsemen, Calder Valley Voices, Remingtons, Zarebi and Coritsa, plus The Cube Choir and Melody Belles. organised by Dawn France who says, “This is an evening of song, bringing all the choirs together. It is really nice to hear all the choirs in one space, showcasing brilliant talent in the valley. We have a pop up bar from the Fox and Goose and it is going to be a beautiful evening.” There will be music from all corners of the world – from Americana, Blues, traditional folk, Klezmer and Jazz to Indian music and dance. Connecting us to different cultures, world music is always an important ingredient in this diverse festival. Annapurna is a trained teacher, storyteller and Bharatanatyam dancer who shares her Indian stories and ancient dance forms across the UK. “We at Annapurna are very much looking forward to sharing our vibrant Indian folk dances with people at the Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival on 12th May. Our aim is to make our dances accessible and enjoyable for all and bring people together.” Shantha Rao (Artistic Director) Saturday at The Trades Club is the big Americana and Bluegrass day with the 309’s, Cajun Aces, Howlin’ Johnny and the Devil’s Rejects performing in the evening and in the afternoon, swing band, Cobalt Tales, Redwood River Band, Phil Dirt and the Heavy Machines and the David Broad Trio. Over at the Hope Baptist Chapel in the afternoon is Lunchtime Live featuring young, up and coming folk musicians – Henry Parker, Katie Spencer, Jack Parker, a real life Druid and musician, James Turner, plus Calder Youth Folk will be making their debut performances on the day. Joint headliners at Hope Baptist Chapel will be Michele Stodart (Mercury prize nominated ‘The Magic Numbers’) and Kathryn Williams along with Keith Donnelly. The Magic Numbers released their fifth album in 2018 to great critical acclaim and in 2012, Michele released her solo album, Wide-Eyed crossing, a journey into American southern country blues. She is set to record an album with Kathryn Williams – known for her honest song writing, inspired by the greats, from Nick Drake to Joni Mitchell. Kathryn’s music goes from dusty Americana to playful jazz re-workings and so much more besides. Come along and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the Hope Baptist Chapel on Saturday Evening. Street entertainers, Old Time Rags, will be wowing the crowds around town with their high energy skiffle, tap, all singing all dancing shows and there will be maypole dancing for the youngsters. There will be a Children's concert with Keith Donnelly on the Saturday, Drum circle with Filo at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday all at The Town Hall. The Old Gate has an array of talent, local folk bands include; The Landlubbers, Rakish Paddy, Ghost School, Washboard Resonators and Kimber’s Men (featured on TV- Sunday Brunch) to entertain you all evening. (This is a non-ticketed event) St. Georges Square will be over run with folk dancing from far and wide on Saturday and Sunday, including Hornbeam Molly, The Bacup Coconutters, The Hebden Bridge Hill Millies, Royal Preston Morris, Malkin Morris, Theiving Magpies, Buttercross Belles and bellydancers, the 400 Roses. 'Town Folk' will be performing in the local bars, pubs and cafés and it is a major part of the festival – walk in any direction and you will discover talented local musicians around every corner. Curator and organiser of Town Folk, Brian Toberman has put together a fantastic line up of local performers in several venues around the town Brian Says "Town Folk is a celebration of Hebden Bridge's Vibrant and varied talent of folk, acoustic and roots music scene. There will be performers in the pubs and venues across the town singing their hearts out for the Hebden Folk Roots Community. There are plenty of sessions for visiting musicians at the Fox and Goose and you can book your own gig at Drink? This is going to be a festival to remember so don't miss out and come along." Performers include; Reggie and the Krayfish, Vision Thing, Shabby Cats, Outside the Box, String Thing, RockSalt Acoustic, Swing Cats, Famous Slippermen plus lots more... Debbie Collinge from The Albert has been supporting 'Town Folk' and has an wonderful line up including Chris Manley, on the Friday evening. On Saturday there is Jamie Marshall, Ashton Taylor, Darren Jackson in Echos and Andy Mac, plus on the Sunday, James Bragg, Graeme Cox, Tony Holden and lots more. Molly and Joe Tilston at The White Lion on the Saturday evening, Jacky's Fantastic at The Railway on Saturday Afternoon. There will be storytelling, music and poetry on Sunday Afternoon at The White Lion with Storyteller, David Nixon who will be performing 'A Day at the Races' meet Titus Freelove (Titty to his friends) former racing pundit turned poet and all round fop, 'rebel without prose', Keiron Higgins, poet Socs Blakely, musical politico's-folk comedy musician, Isaac Hughes Dennis plus many more...(open spots are available for anyone who wants to join in.) Sunday afternoon at The Trades Club is dedicated to ‘Freak Roots’, a firm favourite of the Folk Roots Festival with an eclectic mix of music from Fez, Cat’s Cradle, Creedy and the Colour, Doggerland and more special guests.. Town Folk carries on with a varied programme of events around the town in café-bars and pubs such as Old Gate, The White Swan, The Albert, The Shoulder of Mutton, The White Lion, The Albert, Nelsons, Drink? the Fox and Goose and the Town Hall, who will be hosting live music and sessions. Closing the festival at The Trades Club on Sunday evening will be emerging talent, Birds and Beasts, Red Hippo and to finish off a Klezmer, gypsy jazz experience with Manouche North.
  7. The Great Duke of Wellington 1769 - 1852

    Halifax

    The Great Duke of Wellington 1769 - 1852

    10th May 2019

    7pm, Halifax Town Hall AN ILLUSTRATED TALK BY DAVID GLOVER, President, Halifax Antiquarian Society. Tickets £5 with proceeds to the Mayor of ...
    7pm, Halifax Town Hall AN ILLUSTRATED TALK BY DAVID GLOVER, President, Halifax Antiquarian Society. Tickets £5 with proceeds to the Mayor of Calderdale's charities. Tickets available from Halifax Town Hall.
  8. Waterloo 1815: Illustrated Historical Talk

    Halifax

    Waterloo 1815: Illustrated Historical Talk

    11th May 2019

    7pm, Halifax Mnster Waterloo 1815 Halifax Stories: with an account of the Waterloo Dispatch, includes the tale of Anne Lister's visit to the Wat...
    7pm, Halifax Mnster Waterloo 1815 Halifax Stories: with an account of the Waterloo Dispatch, includes the tale of Anne Lister's visit to the Waterloo battlefield. An illustrated talk by David Glover, President of the Halifax Antiquarian Society. There will be an interval with refreshments Tickets £5 via Eventbrite or from Halifax Minster 01422 355436
  9. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Small Town Saturday Night

    21st May 2019

    Small Town Saturday Night Trevor Simpson, author and broadcaster The untold story of how Halifax was remarkably at the cutting edge of popula...
    Small Town Saturday Night Trevor Simpson, author and broadcaster The untold story of how Halifax was remarkably at the cutting edge of popular music from the end of World War two until the world changing decade of the sixties. Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  10. Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2019

    Starting 21st Jun 2019
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    21st to 30th June 2019 Our next festival theme is 'Virtual Valley'. Our lively and diverse line up of events includes street entertainment, visu...
    21st to 30th June 2019 Our next festival theme is 'Virtual Valley'. Our lively and diverse line up of events includes street entertainment, visual arts, music and theatre in surprising locations. Highlights include: Wed May 8th Doors 7.30pm Hebden Bridge Town Hall John Hegley : Peace, Love and Potatoes Hebden Bridge Arts Festival favourite Hegley drops in en route for Scarborough with tales of Keats, love, Henry VIII and West Yorkshire with free fig rolls- for some. A show not devised for children, but one that assiduously acknowledges their presence. Fri 21st June Doors 6.30 Hebden Bridge Trades Club Catherine Bohart : Work in Progress Fresh from "the sort of perfectly structured Edinburgh debut you always hope for and rarely get to see" (The Times, ****), Catherine Bohart has some new jokes she'd like to try. As seen on BBC2’s The Mash Report and Comedy Central's Roast Battle. Writer for BBC's The News Quiz, The Now Show & Frankie Boyle's New World Order. Sat June 22nd Doors 8pm Hebden Bridge Trades Club Wolfgang Flür- Musik Soldat Legendary Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flür brings his latest show Musik Soldat to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Join us and dance to an eclectic blend of Kraftwerk remixes and Flür's own music set against a mesmerising projected backdrop. Flür is supported by local electro producer and composer Peter Duggal who he toured with in 2018. The show is preceded by an interview and Q & A at 7pm Sun June 23rd 4.30pm Hebden Bridge Picture House Tickets £10/£8/£6 The Feeling of Going Join Hebden Bridge Picture House and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival for the UK Premiere of the film of The Feeling of Going, recorded live from the stage of Malmö Opera, Sweden. The Feeling of Going is a magical, music-dance-theatre production by an acclaimed creative team, headed by multi-talented choreographer & director Ben Wright. The film of the production will be introduced by Ben Wright, and there will be a panel discussion and audience Q&A post film. Wed June 27th Doors 8pm Hebden Bridge Trades Club Maps : Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss Maps (AKA James Chapman) presents a very special performance of his new album ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ Signed to the legendary Mute Records, Chapman is a Mercury-nominated composer and producer who has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and North America. Fri June 28th Doors 8pm Hebden Bridge Trades Club Martyn Ware in Conversation Legendary founder of The Human League, Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation. With a 40-year career as record producer, Martyn Ware is in conversation with Trades Club’s Mal Campbell followed by DJ set. Sat July 13th 8pm Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge An Evening with Hollie McNish, Michael Pedersen, Malachy Tallack Join poet Hollie McNish, Scottish writer and poet Michael Pedersen and Shetland writer, singer-songwriter and all round lovely man Malachy Tallack as they read and sing in the beautiful Hope Chapel. Expect strong language. 18+. (Babes in arms welcome)
  11. Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes: Illustrated Talk

    Halifax

    Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes: Illustrated Talk

    3rd Jul 2019

    7.30pm Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes - The Man, the Business, the Legend. Illustrated Talk by Glenda Shaw Everyone welcome. C...
    7.30pm Great Uncle Percy - Inventor of Cat's Eyes - The Man, the Business, the Legend. Illustrated Talk by Glenda Shaw Everyone welcome. CIMA members FREE. Non members £3. Light refreshments available.
  12. Wordplay

    Halifax

    Wordplay

    8th Jul 2019

    7.30pm Enjoy our monthly digest of poetry, variety and open mic hosted by our very own poet-in-residence Keith Hutson! Featuring established and...
    7.30pm Enjoy our monthly digest of poetry, variety and open mic hosted by our very own poet-in-residence Keith Hutson! Featuring established and emerging artists, WordPlay brings the best on the block to Halifax, and celebrates the finest local talent, too. Tickets £5
  13. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Sunday Walk: The Early History of Shelf

    4th Aug 2019

    Sunday Walk: The Early History of Shelf Ben Stables Ben Stables, author of 'The Early History of Shelf: A West Yorkshire Village before 1700'...
    Sunday Walk: The Early History of Shelf Ben Stables Ben Stables, author of 'The Early History of Shelf: A West Yorkshire Village before 1700' will lead a walk around some of the places in the book. Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  14. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Wainstall Waifs

    17th Sep 2019

    More on the Wainstall Waifs Kim Pearson, member The fascinating story of the girls from Liverpool who came to work for I&I Calvert in their W...
    More on the Wainstall Waifs Kim Pearson, member The fascinating story of the girls from Liverpool who came to work for I&I Calvert in their Wainstalls mills during the latter half of the 19th century and how over time their lives became woven into the fabric of the village Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  15. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Fired Earth; Decline of the Industry 1935-2019

    1st Oct 2019

    Fired Earth: Decline of the Industry 1935-2019 Chris Bateman, member The final part of the story covers the decline of the industry from the ...
    Fired Earth: Decline of the Industry 1935-2019 Chris Bateman, member The final part of the story covers the decline of the industry from the inter-war period through the steady decline of the immediate post-war period to the decimation of the 1960s and 70s as steel making went over to the BOS process; gas works closed as natural gas took over; the clean air acts eliminated coal for heating; and concrete and plastic became dominant in building. So from 35 works only 2 remain Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  16. Halifax Festival of Words

    Halifax

    Halifax Festival of Words 2019

    Starting 4th Oct 2019
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    The Book Corner (Piece Hall) and The Grayston Unity have joined together to organise & curate a second Halifax Festival of Words, taking pla...

    The Book Corner (Piece Hall) and The Grayston Unity have joined together to organise & curate a second Halifax Festival of Words, taking place in the town between the 4th and 6th of October 2019. It’s a festival that celebrates the use of language through books, music, spoken word and illustration.

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