My Family Creates – free Activity Packs for SEND families
My Family Creates is a Huddersfield Literature Festival project to provide free online creative activities specially designed for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) families, with particular focus on those of South Asian, African and Caribbean heritage.
DOWNLOAD THE PACKS HERE:
The videos and downloadable activity packs feature creative writing, dance, creative and physical movement, sensory drama and wellbeing activities – delivered by industry experts, Salma Zaman and Nisha Lall.
The Being Me Activity Pack and Greedy Gertie Activity Pack are available to download here and the videos will be hosted on the HLF YouTube channel, and then made available to SEND schools, organisations and networks.
About My Family Creates
My Family Creates will help to fill a gap in provision for SEND families, many of whom have been shielding or limiting outside contact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The aim is to improve confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing, and to reduce isolation for participants, while encouraging families to try new creative activities in the familiar setting of their own homes and to bond over shared experiences.
Walking the Invisible
Date: Thursday 14 October, 6pm-7pm
Venue: The Parish, The Old Courthouse, Queen Street, Huddersfield
Age guidance: 16+
Michael Stewart will be chatting to Dr Sarah Falcus about his new critically acclaimed book: Walking the Invisible: Following in the Brontë’s footsteps.
Both a walking book and a social and literary history of the north of England, Walking the Invisible is an evocative work that invites you to experience the landscapes that inspired the Brontës. It includes maps of walks that he devised when creating the Brontë Stones Project.
“The book is a terrific tribute to the Brontës – and to the landscapes that shaped their literature.” Anita Sethi, The Guardian
Michael Stewart is a multi-award winning writer of novels, non-fiction, short stories, stage plays and work for TV and radio. His works of fiction include King Crow and Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff. He is Head of Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield.
PLEASE NOTE: The venue is the new Parish on Queen Street, not the former venue on Kirkgate.
Amanda Owen: The Yorkshire Shepherdess (Marsden)
Venue: Marsden Mechanics
NEW DATE: Sunday 12 December 2021 (afternoon)We are pleased to announce a new date for this event of Sunday 12 December 2021 (afternoon – exact time to be confirmed later in the year). All existing tickets will remain valid for this date, if you would prefer a refund, please send your name and details of the ticket(s) you hold to: email@example.com
Please note, this event is sold out and we are not currently expecting to put further tickets on sale.
From teenage Goth in Huddersfield to rural sheep farmer…
Star of the C5 series, Our Yorkshire Farm, Amanda Owen grew up in Huddersfield but was inspired by the James Herriot books to find work as a shepherdess, cow milker and alpaca shearer. Today, she runs a 2,000-acre sheep farm at Ravenseat in the Yorkshire Dales, along with her husband Clive and nine children.
A Sunday Times bestselling author, Amanda has entertained readers with her trademark Yorkshire grit and humour in The Yorkshire Shepherdess and A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess. Her latest book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, is an uplifting and inspiring update on life on the farm, from facing the brutal winter of 2018 to renovating an old farmhouse as a new family home.
Voted ‘Yorkshirewoman of the Year’ by The Dalesman magazine, Amanda has also appeared on ITV’s Countrywise and The Dales, and in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild.
Amanda will be interviewed by BBC Radio York presenter Jeremy Buxton at this fun and entertaining event for Mother’s Day.
No age restrictions (Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult).
For accessibility information, please contact the venue on: 01484 844587.
Celebrating Toni Morrison
Date: Saturday 9 October, 2pm-3.15pm
Location: Syngenta Cellar, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street HD1 2SP
HLF marks Black History Month with a special event celebrating the life and work of Toni Morrison, one of the greatest and most celebrated writers of her era, who passed away in August 2019. Featuring Dialogue Books’ authors, Yvonne Battle-Felton and Paul Mendez, and hosted by writer and activist Dr Anita Franklin.
Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was the author of 11 highly acclaimed novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
Yvonne Battle-Felton was the winner of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017 for her novel, Remembered, which has drawn comparisons with Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
Paul Mendez’s stunning debut novel Rainbow Milk is a bold exploration of race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion.
Concession tickets can be purchased by those over 60 or under 16 (please note U16s should be accompanied by an adult); students in full-time education, anyone registered disabled, those receiving job seekers allowance, and Kirklees Passport holders.
Students and tutors at the University of Huddersfield can access free tickets to certain events, please get in touch for a list of these.