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Saturday July 3

Culture and Madness: On becoming a Fairy Godmother

Sara Maitland, Phil Thomas, Clare Shaw, Rufus May

Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge

4.00pm (to 5.30pm approx)

£5 (profit to charity)

We think of madness as unknown, something to be feared. This discussion explores the positive, spiritual and creative aspects of madness, illustrated with readings. Bookstall

Jo Shapcott and Jackie Wills

Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge

6.00pm (to 7.00pm approx)


Jo Shapcott, one of Britain’s most high-regarded poets and Arc’s UK editor, is joined by Jackie Wills, named recently by Mslexia as one of the UK’s 10 best women poets, in the second of this year’s poetry readings presented by Arc Publications.

An Evening with Sean Hughes

Picture House, New Road, Hebden Bridge


£10 (£8)

Comedian, novelist, actor, raconteur Sean Hughes will entertain with his poems, extracts from his novels and sharply witty biographical snapshots. He was the youngest winner of the Perrier Award for Comedy at Edinburgh, spent five years as captain of Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2) and appears in The Last Detective (ITV) as Mod Lewis, Dangerous Davies’ exasperating and very likeable best friend. He has written two novels, The Detainees and It’s What He Would Have Wanted, and will give a preview of the third due out this autumn. Bookstall. Bar.

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The Hepton Singers

Directed by Roger Scaife and Alison West

Heptonstall Parish Church


£6 (£4); £1 under 16s

The Hepton Singers is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Based in Heptonstall, the choir performs regularly in the parish church. The programme includes the second performance in Heptonstall of 'As the very rocks themselves' by Paul Robinson, which was commissioned in 2000 and first performed in the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2001.

Roger Beaujolias Quintet

Mark Lockheart (sax), Robin Aspland (piano), Jeremy Brown (double bass) and Winston Clifford (drums)

Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge


£9 (£6)

Beaujolias’ glassy-toned vibes playing is agile, fresh and inventive, but the arrangements - as well as the Beaujolias originals - are also very distinctive. Roger Beaujolias writes great melodic, hooky themes. Whether stating the melody or playing some delicate fills, his vibes bring a touch of distinction to the set. This is top drawer contemporary British jazz!

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival