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Sylvia Plath Literary Festival
21st - 23rd October 2022
Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
The blood jet is poetry, / There is no stopping it.
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Sylvia Plath Literary Festival
21st - 23rd October 2022
Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
The blood jet is poetry, / There is no stopping it.

A glittery-shiny festival fringe to explore and express All Things Sylvia

Category Archives: Plath’s Glitter

The Golden Slipper Hunt

The Golden Slipper Hunt

Local emerging artist Amy Coaten is designing and making a pair of Golden Slippers, inspired by the slippers worn by Sylvia at Court Green in the autumn of 1962, as she wrote her Ariel poems. The slippers will be the prize for a treasure hunt written and devised by Amy & Lugh Corbett-Martin, held over the festival weekend. Five clues at five locations will ask you to work out the title of a Plath poem, and when you have all five poem titles, you put your answers in a box on the festival desk by 6.30 on Sunday 23rd October. The winner will be drawn after the final event on Sunday evening. The first clue and full instructions will be printed with the festival programme, available at the Festival Desk, Town Hall Foyer, Hebden Bridge Library, and The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge on the day of the festival.

 

Here’s the first clue:

Plath’s Cakes

Plath’s Cakes

Writer and Plath scholar, Gail Crowther, has adapted a range of recipe cards for Plath’s favourite cakes. Participating cafes include Muse Music and Love Cafe, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge, Mooch Café Ba, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, and Towngate Tearoom in Heptonstall.

Friends of Heptonstall Museum: Contemplation Space

Friends of Heptonstall Museum: Contemplation Space

Friends of Heptonstall Musuem are creating A Contemplation Space where you can take time to remember Sylvia and to reflect on her life and work, to listen to or read her poems or even to write some poems, in the quiet space of the Heptonstall Museum, a beautiful 17th Century building at the heart of Heptonstall village. There will comfy chairs, cups of tea, candles, and second hand poetry books on sale (all proceeds to the museum restoration fund).

 

New event:

ADAPTING PLATH with Saskia Black
Heptonstall Museum, Sunday 23rd October, 1pm. suggested donation £3 (goes to the museum restoration fund)
An informal discussion on the process, pitfalls and potential of adapting the poetry of Sylvia Plath for radio. 
Shortly after a dramatic realisation of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel and Winter Trees has been aired on BBC Radio 3, the director of the programme, Saskia Black, reflects on how the production was realised and reflects on how adaptations can best honour (and not betray) Plath’s work. Excerpts from Almost Tangible’s production for BBC Radio 3 ‘Ariel and Winter Trees’ will also be shared.
Pop-Up Pamphlet Readings

Pop-Up Pamphlet Readings

Pop-Up Pamphlet Readings, hosted and produced by Lugh Corbett-Martin and Eira Murphy. Four short readings in independent and exciting venues introducing the work of emerging poets. See programme for further details. Free, but do book online if you can.

  • Daniel Fraser at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, Friday 21st October at 6 o’clock.
  • Cathleen Allyn Conway at Crooked Books, Saturday 22nd October at 1pm
  • Charlotte Eichler at The Hope Gallery, Hebble House, Saturday 22nd October, 6pm with drinks and nibbles.
  • Julie Irigaray, at The Cross Inn, Heptonstall, Sunday 23rd October, 6pm
‘My Little Flicker’

‘My Little Flicker’

‘My Little Flicker’, by Sarah Hesketh: The Town Hall Foyer, Friday 21st October – Sunday 23rd October. Poet and artist, Sarah Hesketh’s art work responds to Sylvia Plath, motherhood and and menstruation.

 

Sarah will also be giving an artist’s talk and reading, in the Town Hall Foyer, Sunday 23rd October at 3.15 pm. Free to drop in.

Poetry Film

Poetry Film

Rebecca Goss’s Sylvia Plath Prize winning poem, ‘when it feels hot, that rage against me’ is being made into a poetry film, courtesy of The Poetry Society, and will be screened at Hebden Bridge library during the festival, and available online after the festival.

 

Hebden Bridge Picture House will be screeing ‘Sylvia’, 7.45 pm , Saturday 22nd October

Library Display

Library Display

Library Display: a display of Plath books and related materials at Hebden Bridge Library.

**********Watch this space for other events and exhibitions to be confirmed!*********

Full price £8-£10 | Local ticket £5-£8

Digital ticket: £10-£20 | Workshops £12/8/5

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