Library Activities in July

Art in the Library – Paper Clay Texture Workshop

Keighley Library
Saturday 6th July 10am – 2pm Explore texture and shape using air drying paper clay.
Have a go at colouring techniques.
Make simple tiles, hangings, jewellery or just have a play.
No experience necessary.
For adults (16+).
Bring a packed lunch.
All materials provided.
£20 Pay on the day To book
Or email

Poem to Publication. Day Workshop with Mark Connors

Keighley Library
Saturday 20th July 10am – 4pm A day workshop/seminar in which participants will bring in one poem to be worked on in a participant led feedback seminar. We will also look at recent examples of published poetry via selected texts.

In the afternoon, there will be writing exercises to inspire your next poems and a Q & A session with the tutor, an award winning poet and managing editor of a local poetry publisher, where you can grill him on all aspects of poetry, from writing to getting your work into print in magazines, webzines and anthologies.

£10 pay on the day. To book
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Chapter 1 Day Workshop – How to Plan and Start Writing a Novel

Shipley Library
Saturday 27th July 10am – 4pm A day workshop focusing on how to plan and start writing a novel. We will look at character, plot and setting via selected texts and put pen to paper with writing exercises to help formulate ideas or expand on ideas you may already have.

The aim of this workshop is to get our first chapters up and running. And the really tricky bit….to keep going. We will also look at how not to write our novels to avoid the trapdoors that many first time novelists fall through.

There will also be a Q & A session with the course tutor, a published and critically acclaimed novelist, where participants can ask about all aspects of writing a novel, seeking publication and beyond.

This course is designed for both aspiring novelists and those who’ve never managed to complete their ambitious projects. £10 pay on the day To book
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John Clare’s Birthday Party

Keighley Library
Saturday 13th July 6pm Join us in Keighley Local Studies Library for a celebration of Poet John Clare’s birthday and the end of our project ‘The Meeting – Reading and Writing through John Clare’.

This project was created to mark the 200th anniversary of Clare’s most remarkable year by forging a new set of ‘meetings’ of Clare with new writers in the shape of poetry workshops. This project is part of a national scheme funded by Oxford Brookes University and created by Prof Simon Kovesi.

This celebratory event will involve the reading of John Clare poems, readings from poet Sarah Corbett and also poems inspired by the work of John Clare written and read by project participants. Free entry but please book.
All welcome.
Refreshments served. To book
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Bingley Writers Group

Bingley writers group are looking for new members. They meet in Bingley Library once a month on a Monday afternoon at 2pm. The next meeting will be 8th July. If you are interested in joining the group please email