DJ Andy is star turn at literature festival

BBC radio DJ Andy Kershaw will headline Cleckheaton’s Literature Festival for the second time.

Kershaw brought his one-man show to Whitcliffe Mount School for the inaugural event last year and this time he will perform at the town hall on Sunday, May 1.

The venue switch is part of moves to make the festival even bigger than in 2015, when Kershaw headlined the four-day event with novelist Joanne Harris.

Now the festival will be spread over two weeks from Thursday, April 21 to Sunday, April 24 and Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1.

Events include:

• Performance poet Luke Wright on Friday, April 22 (7pm to 9pm).

• Dr Who panel on Saturday, April 23 (1pm to 3pm).

• Travel and children’s writer Horatio Clare on Sunday, April 24 (4pm to 6pm).

A crime panel featuring novelists Leigh Russell, Alison Taft and Helen Cadbury is on Thursday, April 21 from 7pm to 9pm.

Further activities, including creative workshops, will be run in schools during the festival.

Laura Hobson-Tyas, one of the organisers, said: “After last year’s extremely successful inaugural event we’re back with a bigger and better programme.

“It’s hoped the festival will be an annual event reaching all parts of our community.

“We’ve tailored our line-up to ensure everyone can take part in our events and help them learn about the creative arts.

“Our festival includes workshops and author talks as well as readings and performances for all ages.

“Most events will take place at Cleckheaton Library as it’s a vital place in our community and we want to ensure it remains available to everyone.”

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