Ourselves & The Book Corner are delighted to announce’Town Festival Of Music & Words’ to take place between 10th & 20th October. We’ve combined Town grassroots music festival with the old Halifax Festival Of Words to bring our biggest festival yet with more events & new venues too including Halifax Minster & Calderdale Industrial Museum. The festival (which forms part of the Calderdale Year Of Culture) will include live music, talks, Q&A’s & an exhibition. More will be revealed over coming weeks. Info on weekend tickets will be published soon but for now we are pleased to announce 3 headline shows at The Grayston Unity & Minster.Tickets for the 3 shows go on sale at 9.30am today via SeeTickets & the Grayston.

TOWN Festival 2024

TOWN Festival (previously Halifax Festival of Words) will be returning in October 2024, organised by The Book Corner and The Grayston Unity

Some events have been announced; details and tickets available below. The rest of the programme will be announced soon. Please stay tuned for more details.


Bluemoose Books: Sports and Social

Friday 11th October, 6pm | Venue: The Book Corner

Hebden Bridge-based publisher and friend of The Book Corner Kevin Duffy, of Bluemoose Books, is kicking off with the first book event of the festival. He will be in conversation with Kevin Boniface about his recent short story collection Sports and Social – and why Civil War re-enactments, clay pigeon shooting and fantastical pop careers can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Kevin Boniface is the Bard of Kirklees, writer, artist and postman.

Tickets £3. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


Storytime with Sophie Edgar

Saturday 12th October, 11am | Venue: The Book Corner

Join local children’s writer Sophie Edgar for a bookshop story time. Sophie will be reading from her picture book The Magical Kite Ride. The magical kite visits Brighouse, Halifax and Huddersfield, stopping at local landmarks along the way.

This event is free to attend and there is no need to book – just turn up!


Jane Savidge and John Robb in conversation

Saturday 12th October, 2:30pm | Venue: The Grayston Unity

This Is Hardcore is Pulp’s cry for help. A giant, sprawling, flawed masterpiece of a record, the 1998 album manages to tackle some of the most inappropriate grown-up issues of the day and still come out crying and laughing on the other side.

Jane Savidge is widely credited as being one of the main instigators of the Britpop movement that swept the UK in the mid-1990s. Jane Savidge’s third book, Pulp’s This Is Hardcore was published by Bloomsbury in 2024. John Robb is a journalist, TV and radio presenter, author, mentor, musician (The Membranes), and best-selling pop culture author (Stone RosesPunk Rock – An Oral History and The Art of Darkness – the History of Goth)..

Tickets £7 full / £5 members. Buy at The Grayston Unity or on See Tickets


Stuart Maconie: The Full English

Saturday 12th October, 5pm | Venue: The Grayston Unity

The Full English is poised to become a contemporary classic, asking: What kind of country is England today? What does it mean to be English? Are we hungry for change or seeking old certainties? Join us on an enlightening, entertaining journey through England. Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV.

Tickets £7 full / £5 members. Buy at The Grayston Unity or on See Tickets.


David Hepworth: Hope I Get Old Before I Die

Saturday 12th October, 7pm | Venue: The Book Corner

From the author of Abbey Road comes the story of how enduring rock icons like Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen and many more have remained in the ever-changing music game. David Hepworth is a British author, journalist, broadcaster, editor and company director. 

Tickets £7 full / £5 members. Buy at The Grayston Unity or on See Tickets.


Storytime with The Dragons of Wainhouse Tower

Sunday 13th October, 11am | Venue: The Book Corner

Join local children’s writer Sarah Stone for a bookshop story time. Sophie will be reading from her picture book The Dragons of Wainhouse Tower, a story about a little boy called Ted and his adventures with a clan of dragons who live in Calderdale’s tallest and most famous landmark.

This event is free to attend and there is no need to book – just turn up!


Dave Russell: The Writings of Phyllis Bentley

Sunday 13th October, 3pm | Venue: Calderdale Industrial Museum

The novelist and writer, Phyllis Bentley, used the region and its people as an inspiration for her writing, worked tirelessly for a variety of local cultural institutions and acted as an advocate for northern life within the national culture. Dave Russell taught in schools and in higher education and has lived in Calderdale since 1983. He is the author of Looking North. Northern England and the National Imagination and numerous essays and articles on cultural history.

Tickets £4. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


Writing for Children: Phil Earle & Liz Flanagan

Sunday 13th October, 4:30pm | Venue: The Book Corner

Do you love YA or kids’ books? Are you interested in writing for young people? Join local authors Phil and Liz in conversation with our very own bookseller, Louise, about all things children’s writing, demystifying parts of the writing and publishing process, and explaining how they do it day-to-day.

Tickets £7 / £5 concessions. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


Jill Liddington: Rebel Girls

Sunday 13th October, 4:30pm | Venue: Calderdale Industrial Museum

Rebel Girls, published by Virago in 2006, traced the thrilling tale of campaigners who took their Votes for Women message right across Yorkshire. So why were the stories of Halifax suffragettes neglected for so long, and how did Jill uncover this brand new evidence? Jill Liddington is a feminist historian and author living near Halifax. She is passionate about telling the story of Votes for Women and of the Anne Lister diaries.

Tickets £4. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite.


Kirsty Loehr: A Short History of Queer Women

Sunday 13th October, 6pm | Venue: Calderdale Industrial Museum

No, they weren’t ‘just friends’! Queer women have been written out of history since, well, forever. A Short History of Queer Women sets the record straight on women who have loved other women through the ages. Join Kirsty Loehr in conversation with Lottie o’Conor to bring queer women’s history into the spotlight. 

Tickets £4. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


John Hegley: Writing Workshop

Saturday 19th October, 4pm | Venue: The Book Corner

Join John Hegley for an afternoon writing workshop. There will be ninety minutes of writing, drawing and drawing-out the creativity. You will be making booklets (and rivulets) out of pre-prepared sheets of A3 – with sharing optional and daring encouraged – and with mandolin accompaniment. Suitable for anyone who has ever been eight. Two pencils per person and a pre-prepared sheet of A3 provided. And possibly biscuits.

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


John Hegley: Performance

Saturday 19th October, 7pm | Venue: The Book Corner

Join John Hegley for an evening performance following his biscuit-y writing workshop. This is a performance from the back catalogue of poems, prose and potatoes, along with new tales and drawings from the Edinburgh Fringe show 2024. Singing and joining-in optional, emotional participation quite likely. John is responsible for twelve books and a small amount of baroque dance.

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


Storytime with Anna Best

Sunday 20th October, 11am | Venue: The Book Corner

Meet children’s writer Anna Best, alias Aunt Grizelda, for some darkly funny tales in rhyme about monsters and all things creepy. What happened to the girl who braved the haunted house? How did a hair stylist defeat the ghastly gorgon Medusa? And do you know your mythical monsters? Find out in Aunt Grizelda’s Quizzical Creatures Quiz.

This event is free to attend and there is no need to book – just turn up!


Christopher Goddard: Walk & Workshop

Sunday 20th October, 12pm | Venue: start at Travellers Inn, Hipperholme

Join the Yorkshire map-maker on a 3 to 4 mile walk from Hipperholme to Halifax, exploring Sunny Vale, Hipperholme Brickworks and Beacon Hill. There will be mapping exercises along the way, enabling you to create your own hand-drawn maps. Bring pens and paper. Meet at Halifax Bus Station (Stand L) to catch the 1150 bus to Hipperholme, or meet outside the Travellers Inn in Hipperholme at 12 noon.

Tickets £5. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite.


Gaia Holmes: Writing Workshop

Sunday 20th October, 3pm | Venue: The Book Corner

Join local writer Gaia Holmes for an afternoon writing workshop. Are there places that live inside you, places you can’t forget, places you feel are ‘home’? In this writing workshop with local writer, Gaia Holmes, we will use the hills, skies, streets and follies of Halifax as the inspiration for our own writing about place. Gaia Holmes is the author of 3 poetry collections and collection of short stories. 

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


Emily Brontë: The Moors, Walking and Nature

Sunday 20th October, 5pm | Venue: tbc

Join Michael Stewart and Claire O’Callaghan, two acclaimed authors and Brontë experts, in conversation, where they will be talking about the aura and mythology around the most elusive Brontë sister. Who really was she and what can she teach us about how we live today? And what exactly was her relation to the moors, to walking, and to nature?

Tickets £7 / £5 concessions. Buy at The Book Corner or on Eventbrite


More events for TOWN Festival will be announced soon. Music events & gigs available at The Grayston Unity


The festival in previous years: