Hebden Bridge Festival

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Sunday, 10th July

Thom Hardaker and Julia KornigThom Hardaker and Julia Kornig

Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Old Town

3pm to 5pm

£8 (£6) £2

Thom Hardaker: accordion
Julia Kornig: viola

French viola virtuoso Julia Kornig and Keighley-born accordion wizard Thom Hardaker offer a unique performance of traditional folk music from Book nowScotland to Russia as well as a wide repertoire of classical music from Bach to Piazzolla. With influences from many cultures, this duo will take you on an extraordinary and inspiring musical journey around the world.

Sunday, 10th July

18th birthday eventThe Poetry Business Writing Day

Lumb Bank, Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Heptonstall

10.15am to 4pm

Book now£30 (£25) includes entry to evening poetry event

It is 25 years since publishers The Poetry Business produced the first issue of the influential poetry magazine The North. Over the last quarter century The North has allowed many Northern voices to flourish, including Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. Ann and Peter Sansom of The Poetry Business will lead a day of workshops in the inspirational setting of Lumb Bank. There will be writing exercises in the morning and a critical workshop in the afternoon.

Book now£25 (£20) writing day only

Please bring a poem (and ten copies) for the afternoon workshop - or better still write one to discuss from the morning session.

'Ann and Peter Sansom are incomparably experienced and inspirational tutors with a brilliant repertoire of exercises' (The Poetry Trust)

'The best poetry teachers in the world' (The Guardian)

Sunday, 10th July

Peter HookRuth Padel and Ann Sansom

ArtsMill, Linden Mill,
Linden Road, Hebden Bridge

18th birthday event7.30pm to 9pm

£8 (£6)

Ruth Padel was Chair of the Poetry Society 2004- 2006 and has judged the National Poetry Competition. She has published seven collections of poetry, three shortlisted for the T S Eliot and Whitbread Prizes; most recently Darwin - A Life in Poems.

Her non-fiction includes a book on rock music and Greek myth, an acclaimed book on tiger conservation and several much-loved books on reading modern poetry, including The Poem and the Journey and Silent Letters of the Alphabet.

Ann Sansom has published six collections of poetry, and has written and directed plays for stage and radio. She has won awards for her poetry, including an Arts Council award for In Praise of Men and other people (Bloodaxe Books).

Book nowAnn is a director of The Poetry Business.

Sunday, 10th July

Lucy ConroyLucy and the Caterpillar

Hole in t'Wall, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge

9pm to 12am


Acoustic singer-songwriter Lucy Conroy has been described as many things, including a Mancunian Jean Seberg and a female Jose Gonzalez. She has numerous Radio 1 and XFM sessions to her credit, gigs regularly in Manchester and London and has featured in The Guardian. Lucy and her guitar ('the Caterpillar') are no strangers to Hebden Bridge, but they rarely perform here. Don't miss this opportunity to be enchanted!

Book now'The charming, diminutive Lucy Conroy has a strong sweet voice and vulnerability about her, but the songs are far from soft and twee: in fact they are short, sharp and quite mischievous' (The Guardian)


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