The National Coal Mining Museum for England hosts a series of interactive and unique events as part of the Wakefield Lit Festival

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is proud to host events for the Wakefield Lit Festival for the second year running. The Wakefield Lit Festival combines poetry, history and performance, and this September visitors can experience and participate in a unique series of interactive and accessible events.

Visitors of all ages are being asked to consider the powerful impact of mining in literature and poetry and to form a response to the work.

Fans of literature can attend ‘Lit from the Pit’ which is taking place at the Museum on 27 September at 7:30pm. Author and veteran journalist, Paul Routledge, will speak about the variety of writing sent to him from miners and their families whilst he was a columnist for The Daily Mirror, which he is compiling into an anthology.

A premiere of the live performance of ‘The Thin Seam’ is taking place on 30 September at 6-7pm at Westgate Chapel, Wakefield. Local singer/songwriter Ali Bullivent will perform a newly commissioned lyrical song piece from the National Coal Mining Museum for England, inspired by the former miner, columnist and writer, Sid Chaplin. Audiences can expect colourful music and lyrics that combines poetry, prose and factual accounts drawn from a unique mining heritage as Ali performs alongside the Imba Basi Band.

The Coalshed Poets will be performing drop-in sessions on 2 October. Combining both poetry and storytelling, titled 'Mine all Mine,' visitors can find them around the Museum and create impromptu poetry experiences, and are encouraged to bring their own coal mining poem and join in.

The Wakefield Literature Festival in partnership with the Museum is also providing opportunities for local schools, as pupils at KS2 and KS3 are being offered an exciting opportunity to work with performance poet Matt Abbott. The interactive workshop, which runs from, 26 - 30 October will inspire pupils to focus on making a poetic interpretation from their visit underground, exploring different techniques in response to the exhibition, Heroes and Heroines and the question it poses: What makes a hero or a heroine?

An ongoing poetry competition, in which attendees of the Wakefield Lit Festival and visitors to the Museum are encouraged to submit entries for, is currently running where visitors are encouraged to respond to the Heroes and Heroines of the mining industry. The competition includes two categories: Young Visitors (Under 16) and Adults (16+).Entry to the competition is free and closes on 7 October.

Tickets to the Wakefield Lit Festival events must be booked in advance.

For more information and to book tickets visit / or call 01924 848806.

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- Editor’s notes Information about the Museum:

• The Museum is free admission

• Free car and coach parking

• Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January

• Café open 10am – 4.30pm daily, opening at 9am 16 – 20 February.

• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

• Please arrive early to book onto an underground tour, as at busy periods tours are often fully booked by midday

• Temperature underground is 12C; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour

• Indoor play area for children under five

• Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806 or email or visit the website at

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