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Join us for Poetry @ The Museum

We are delighted to offer a brand new series of poetry evenings and workshops, stretching from Spring to Autumn featuring poets from far and wide, hosted by Dr Sarah Corbett.

Sarah has been a huge supporter of our work at the Museum and since working on the first and incredibly successful PlathFest in October 2022. In recognition of both the location and Heptonstall’s historic connections to , Sarah has helped develop a vision to establish Heptonstall Museum as “the place for poetry in the Calder Valley, following the poetic legacies of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes” centred in the atmospheric surroundings of Heptonstall’s former grammar school and now Museum.

Starting on Friday April 28th with Jodie Hollander and Sammy Weaver, each poetry evening will include readings, and an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the poet’s works.

Jodie will then be initiating the first of our intimate workshops on Saturday April 29th. Poetry, Memory and Childhood.

Each of our workshops can accommodate around a dozen students and will offer a unique opportunity for expert tuition in a welcoming and non-judgemental environments. Whether you’ve never written or want to simply explore different techniques or topics as an experienced writer, we’d love you to join us.

What’s coming up next?

During May, we’ll be welcoming Atar Hadari, whose award-winning works reference his theological interests, as an ordained Orthodox rabbi and theological doctorate.

Sammy Weaver returns on 18 June to inspire poetry on the theme of Muses Within Museums.

Poetry@the Museum will return in September with Michael Crowley .

More to come in September when we welcome back Michael Crowley, who has previously presented written and spoken word events in the Museum – with another strand to his literary bow, Mike will be eading from his poetry collections, First Fleet and The Battle of Heptonstall and joined by Clive Watkins and Chris Preddle.

To round off our season of events, how else would we conclude the poetry series than by organising a special celebration to mark Sylvia’s birthday again on 27 October 2023. It’s already shaping up to be a wonderful celebration with Ian Humphreys launching his second collection from Nine Arches Press, Tormentil, plus guest readers Clare Shaw and Sally Baker.

Reading Evenings are £7 (£5 Members/Concessions)

Workshops are £15 (£12 Members/Concessions)

Tickets all listed on our Events page and follow our Poetry @ The Museum Collection on Eventbrite

Dr Sarah Corbett reading at Heptonstall Museum in February 2023