Tim Ralphs, Beneath an Endless Sky

Thursday 27th, October, 6:30-7:30 pm, Lindley Library Storyteller Tim Ralphs joins the dots between ancient constellations and modern space exploration, between the fears that gripped Victorian scientists and our wildest visions of the future. If you’ve ever gazed at the stars and been filled with wonder then this is the evening of storytelling for you. £1 entry – No pre-booking required Continue reading Tim Ralphs, Beneath an Endless Sky

Alison Lock, Let’s make a fantasy world!

Tuesday 25th October Birkby Fartown Library 10.00am-12 pm Batley Library 2.00-4.00 pm Alison’s latest book, Maysun and the Wingfish, is set in a fantasy world. In this workshop young writers will learn how to construct their own fictional world, looking at elements such as planets and climate, history and language, magic and rules, people and customs. Age 11-18 years Free entry Book via your local … Continue reading Alison Lock, Let’s make a fantasy world!

Ken MacLeod: How to be a Science Fiction Writer

A joint event with the Huddersfield Literature Festival Thursday 27th October, Heritage Quay – The University of Huddersfield, 2:15PM Interested in writing Science Fiction? Or just interested in reading it? Either way, award-winning science-fiction author Ken MacLeod’s talk will entertain and inspire you. Described as ‘one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read’, Ken is the author of novels, short stories and poetry, … Continue reading Ken MacLeod: How to be a Science Fiction Writer

Ken MacLeod: The Science in Science Fiction – Does it Matter?

A joint event with the Huddersfield Literature Festival Thursday 27th October, Town Hall Reception Room, 7.30pm £4 full price £2 concessions Join Arthur C. Clarke-nominated science-fiction novelist Ken MacLeod as he explores the vexed question of the science in Science Fiction. From biotechnology to robots, space travel to virtual reality, how far do the probable and the possible in science matter in Science Fiction? Described as … Continue reading Ken MacLeod: The Science in Science Fiction – Does it Matter?

Other Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Futures

Saturday 29th October, 10am-12.30pm, Town Hall Reception Room. If you like reading and talking about books, then come along to these bitesize introductions to three thought-provoking utopian/dystopian novels. Allegra Hartley, Nic Stavris and Sarah Falcus from the University of Huddersfield will offer short talks – with plenty of time for discussion – about Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Sarah Hall’s The Carhullan Army. All welcome, … Continue reading Other Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Futures

Joanne Harris: From Tricksters to Tweeting

  Tuesday 25th October, Town Hall Reception Room, 7pm Joanne Harris is perhaps best known for novels such as the phenomenally successful and engaging Chocolat, but there’s much more to Joanne’s work than this. Joanne is a versatile writer who moves seemingly effortlessly between genres, from crime to mythology. Join Joanne as she talks about what draws her to mythology, the fantastic and the gothic – and to … Continue reading Joanne Harris: From Tricksters to Tweeting

Dr Will Tattersdill: Late-Victorian Sci-Fi Magazines

Wednesday 26th October, Heritage Quay – The University of Huddersfield, 7:00PM.   Before ‘Science Fiction’ was even a recognised term, the authors of the 1890s were writing imaginative tales of technology, exploration and the future. They largely published them not in dedicated sci-fi magazines – which did not yet exist – but in general interest mass-market publications which also printed adventure fiction, westerns, crime writing, … Continue reading Dr Will Tattersdill: Late-Victorian Sci-Fi Magazines

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

Saturday 29 October, Heritage Quay – The University of Huddersfield, 6.45-10pm Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield This Halloween come and get scared at Heritage Quay at our unique horror experience. In partnership with the University’s Drama department enjoy renowned mystery entertainers, terrifying tales and haunted artefacts, as well as a classic movie with live music accompaniment. On the night there will be magical performances before … Continue reading The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari