Halifax Festival of Words 4th – 6th October


Organised by our sister shop The Book Corner and Halifax music venue The Grayston Unity, the second Halifax Festival of Words has something for everyone.

Festival programme available here 


Sunday 27th October 5.30 – 8pm

A Birthday Party for Sylvia Plath SOLD OUT 

Join us and our host poet Sarah Corbett for an evening celebrating Sylvia Plath. There will be an amazing line up of Plath writers and scholars, plus poetry readings, wine, cake, and party games.

A Birthday Party for Sylvia Plath

Readers and Speakers

Tracy Brain is Reader in English Literature and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she runs the PhD in Creative Writing programme. She is the editor of Sylvia Plath in Context (2019), author of The Other Sylvia Plath (2001) and co-editor of Representing Sylvia Plath (2011). She has published numerous essays on Plath’s work. Her interests are wide-ranging – from an essay on sewing in Jane Eyre to a book about pregnancy and birth in the eighteenth and nineteenth century novel.

Gail Crowther is a freelance writer, researcher, and academic who specialises in Sylvia Plath studies, archives, place, and sociological hauntings. She is working on her current book, Kicking at the Door of Fame, a dual biography exploring the social rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. This will be published by Simon & Schuster, New York in Spring 2021. Gail will be a talk on her new work in progress, ‘Kicking at the Door of Fame’.

Heather Clark is Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and Visiting Research Scholar at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York. She received a 2017-18 NEH Public Scholar Fellowship at the Leon Levy Centre for Biography and has recently been a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and a Visiting US Fellow at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. She is author of two prizewinning monographs: The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (2010) and The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962 – 1972 (2006). She is currently completing a literary biography of Sylvia Plath, Red Comet: A Life of Sylvia Plath and Sylvia Plath: A Very Short Introduction. Heather will talk about the process of writing a biography of Sylvia Plath, “On Writing A New Life of Sylvia Plath.”

 Ian Humphreys’ first poetry collection Zebra (Nine Arches Press, 2019) has been long-listed for The Portico Prize. Ian’s work was highly commended in the 2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry and his awards include the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize. Ian is a Fellow of The Complete Works programme, which promotes diversity, quality and innovation in British Poetry.

Charlotte Wetton is based in West Yorkshire. Her first pamphlet, I Refuse to Turn into a Hat-Stand won the Michael Marks Awards 2017. She won a New Writing North award in 2019. She has been published in Poetry Wales, Staple, Stand and the Frogmore Papers and has a spoken word album, Body Politic.  She has performed at Aldburgh, Ledbury and the StAnza Slam and occasionally gives workshops. She is starting an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester this September.

Laura Potts is twenty-three years old and lives in West Yorkshire, England. Twice-recipient of the Foyle Young Poets Award, her work has been published by Aesthetica, The Moth and The Poetry Business. Having worked at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, Laura was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and became one of the BBC’s New Voices last year. Her first BBC radio drama aired at Christmas. She received a commendation from The Poetry Society in 2018 and a nomination for The Forward Prize in 2019.

Tickets £5 available from the shop. Call in or email

Past Events

Thursday 1st August 7-9 pm We Don’t Die Of Love – Stephen May

Saturday 29th June Harry Heape – Shiny Pippin And The Impossible Door 

Thursday 27 June 7pm How to Have a Happy Hustle with Bec Evans

Thursday 20th June Book Signing with Julia Donaldson

Friday  10th May Liz Flanagan – Dragon Daughter book signing. 3pm 

Tuesday 30th April  – David Underdown – A Sense of North, Poetry Launch

Wednesday 13th March   Linda Green – The Last Thing She Told Me 

Linda Green, the bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed and After I’ve Gone launches her latest novel

Wednesday 27th February    George Murphy – Hippy Valley

Launch of George Murphy’s  series of Yorkshire monologues in the Music Hall tradition

Thursday 21st February –  Bomb Culture Launch

Editors Jay Jeff Jones and Douglas Field in conversation with Jamie Sutcliffe

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