Walk this way to literary festival

Malcolm Haigh, Trees Fewster and  Imelda Marsden are to organise a literary walk to coincide with the North kirklees Literary Festival later this year, walk starts at Gomersal Public Hall.  (d605a309)

Malcolm Haigh, Trees Fewster and Imelda Marsden are to organise a literary walk to coincide with the North kirklees Literary Festival later this year, walk starts at Gomersal Public Hall. (d605a309)

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Historian Malcolm Haigh is to lead a special themed walk as part of the inaugural North Kirklees Literary Festival.

Malcolm, a retired journalist and member of Dewsbury Ramblers and the Batley History Group, will host the walk round Gomersal in September.

The festival, the first of its kind in North Kirklees, is being organised by the Kirklees Bronte Group - though it is not just a celebration of the Bronte sisters.

It runs from September 20-22 and will be preceded by a quiz at the Shears in Hightown, which was featured in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Shirley as the meeting point for the Luddites when they plotted their attacks on local mills 200 years ago.

The festival opens on the Friday with a dinner at the Healds Hall Hotel in Liversedge. The following two days will see readings, talks, re-enactors and appearances by local authors at Red House Museum in Gomersal, which is the event’s focal point.

Imelda Marsden from the Kirklees Bronte Group said: “What began as just an idea is really begining to snowball, and we’re delighted that Malcolm Haigh has agreed to do a guided walk for us.

“It starts at Gomersal Public Hall taking in places of interest in Gomersal, ending at St Mary’s Church for refreshments and readings by Trees Fewster who, last year, published Wilfred Book’s Poems of a Man of Gomersal.”

There is also a writing competition for children which will run in May.