A wordy cause - Roger McGough is heading into town for a day

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Performance poet, Roger McGough, will headline a day of word-inspired events and activities as part of this year’s Wakefield Lit Fest.

Roger, who has been awarded an OBE and CBE for his services to poetry, will perform poems from his new collection ‘As Far As I Know’ at Ossett’s Festival in a Day on Saturday, September 20.

Wakefield Lit fest 2013 - Children's author Darren Shan at The Orangery. (W515E341)

Wakefield Lit fest 2013 - Children's author Darren Shan at The Orangery. (W515E341)

The day of Lit Fest events will focus on Trinity Church, where the poet will perform.

There will also be a story walk through town, performance poetry on the Ossett-Wakefield buses and ‘pigeon’ poetry arriving on the wing from Wakefield Cathedral.

Featherstone writer, Ian Clayton, will also be working with local people to capture stories of Ossett and create a Book in a Day snapshot of the town in 2014.

Fran Smith, organiser of Wakefield Lit Fest, which is running the day-long festival with Ossett Observer, Trinity Church and Wakefield Council said: “The idea behind Festival in a Day is to share the excitement of Lit Fest beyond Wakefield city centre and into the district.”

The full Wakefield Lit Fest, programmed by Wakefield arts charity Beam and Wakefield Council’s Creative Partners scheme and backed by the Express, runs from September 19, until September 30. This year’s events will be announced early in July at www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk

Children’s author Darren Shan and poet Carol Ann Duffy attended last year’s festival.