The Great Grimsby Literature Festival

The CultureHouse supported by Arts Council England presents  

  October 2013 Author Events – Workshops – Children’s Events  

Welcome to The Great Grimsby Literature Festival.

Taking place during the month of October, the festival places regional writers at the heart of the programme, offering the opportunity for the public to discover and enjoy their work. We also welcome a special guest, one of Britain’s best loved poets, John Hegley, who will be performing his work for both adults and children. The festival is launched in style as 72 volunteers read the ‘great work’ of Samuel Taylor Coleridge – poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – in a live relay on National Poetry Day. The poem starts at the top of Grimsby Dock Tower, by megaphone and will ‘travel around’ the region concluding by the Fisherman’s Memorial statue in St James’ Square. Following on from this are open mic events, writers’ workshops and talks, national touring theatre productions and exciting half-term children’s events. We hope you enjoy the festival! Download PDF of Festival Brochure

Thursday 3 October

The Great Grimsby Poetry Relay

Various Locations 72 volunteers including the general public, business people and students will be taking part in this one-off, live participation event. Each participant will read a section of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous sea-faring poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at locations around North East Lincolnshire, starting in style by megaphone atop Grimsby Dock Tower. The poem will travel around the region with readers placed at locations such as Grimsby Fish Market, The Humber Bridge and the River Freshney – all relating to National Poetry Day’s theme of water while paying homage to Grimsby’s maritime history. The Rime will conclude at the Fisherman’s Memorial statue in St James’ Square with the final passage being read by Anthony Suter, a professional poet from Grimsby, now living in France. Local musician John Conolly will finish the event with his new song Joe Pearson, about the life of an ordinary fisherman.     Throughout October

Poets in Public Places

Various Locations As this year’s National Poetry Day theme is “water” poets from the region will become poets in residence for the month, choosing locations around the county to inspire new work. Regular postings will appear on and the results of their work will be performed on Sunday 27 October at Abbey Walk Gallery.     Thursday 3 October 2pm – 4pm

Pop up Poetry

Petit Delight Join Anthony Suter, Allen Prowle and guests at this Cleethorpes brasserie, for an afternoon of pop up poetry with your patisserie. Expect a poetic surprise from the chef too! About Anthony Suter – Originally from Grimsby but now living in France, Antony is returning to the area to take part in the festival. As well as completing the poetry relay he will be visiting Franklin College to work with students before performing at Petit Delight. A former pupil of Saint James and Wintringham schools, Anthony is the author of several translations between English and French and has published four poetry collections. One of his collections, When You Get to “G.Y.” (Redbeck Press, Bradford, 2004), is an evocation of his childhood in Grimsby.     Thursday 3 October 7pm

Poetic Jazzness

With The Shannon Reilly Trio + guests

Petit Venue Resident jazz trio and a customer favourite The Shannon Reilly Trio are joined by Antony Suter and Jo Gray for an alternative evening of live jazz and poetry. FREE ENTRY     Thursday 10 October 10am – 3pm

People’s Park Activity Day

People Park Celebrating World Mental Health Day Join Driftnet Poets and guests as they perform in the Floral Hall as part of a wider programme. Includes an open mic session so why not come along and share your words? During the day, visitors can find out about things to do in the local area. FREE ENTRY     Thursday 10 October 7.30 pm

Poetry Open Mic

With Rob Etty & Kathy Daszkiewicz

Nunsthorpe Library Come along and share your words.     Saturday 12 October 7.30 pm

Fusion Youth Theatre presents…


Oasis Academy Wintringham A brand new play by Grimsby writer Josie-Anne Gray, based on the Japanese myth of the heroine Tokoyo and how Tokyo got its name. Suitable for ages 8 and above £5/£4  •  Family Ticket £15 Book by calling or email 07884 308992     Monday 14 October 10.30am – 2.30pm

Grimsby Writers’ workshop

New members welcome

Grimsby Writers continue their workshop programme covering “writing principles”. Age 16+. Call Ron Geddes for confirmation of venue 01472 509758 or email for further information.     Thursday 17 October 7.30 pm

Poetry Open Mic

With Allen Prowle & Rennie Parker

Nunsthorpe Library Come along and share your words.     Friday 18th October 12.30 -1.30

Writers Q & A

Grimsby Minster Nick Triplow presents the dos and don’ts and common pitfalls of the publishing process plus Q and A for writers considering submitting manuscripts  to agents and publishers. Nick’s extensive experience as a writer, editor and literary consultant makes this event a must for writers aiming to publish their work. Entry £3     Saturday 19 October 12.30pm – 3pm.

Nunsthorpe Poetry Group

Nunsthorpe Library A discussion group for readers and writers, which invites anyone to come along with a poem to read and share with the group. The group is friendly and informal, but with an emphasis on critical discussion. 18+ Call 01472 323636 for further information. FREE ENTRY     Sunday 20 October 1pm – 2pm

Landscapes of Life with Simon Naylor

Café in the Park (Peoples Park) Join Simon Naylor for words and songs inspired by the Lincolnshire landscape. Simon has produced two volumes of poetry – both about his love of wildlife, and a series of children’s books, Earthwood that portray the beauty and wonder of the natural world. His most recent work,  a solo album titled Wide Lincolnshire Skies is due for release on CD later this year. Lincolnshire sausage in giant Yorkshire pudding with mash, peas and gravy available for £3, served between 12pm and 2.30pm(café open 10am – 3.30pm).     Saturday 19 October 8pm

Merlin’s Keep with special guest Wendy Arrowsmith

Petit Venue Enjoy the best in contemporary folk music from Merlin’s Keep and Yorkshire based guest singer-song writer Wendy Arrowsmith, who has recently released her third album Love, Life and Chocolate. FREE ENTRY “…commanding singing voice and consistently strong writing. ” fROOTS magazine     22  – 26 October Tue – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Sat 2.30pm

The Mousetrap

Grimsby Auditorium

A classic. A landmark. A legend.

The Mousetrap is famous around the world as being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre with over 25,000 performances, it’s a play to be proud of. And to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, to give you a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece at Grimsby Auditorium. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Tickets: £10 – £38. Tel. 0844 871 3016 ‘Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers’ The Observer     Wednesdays 23 & 30 October and 6 & 13 November 6pm – 8pm

The Story Lab – creative writing course

with Nick Triplow

Petit Venue The Story Lab takes place over four Wednesdays, with a focus on story-telling in the context of short story, flash fiction, novel, radio, film and TV. A range of skills for writing fiction and script will be explored with participants encouraged to reflect on their own story-telling technique. Writers will gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful story, how to make the most of their ability and also troubleshoot inevitable barriers to finishing projects. Open to new and experienced writers. £24 for four sessions Booking essential – or call 07962063872 About Nick Triplow Nick’s debut crime novel Frank’s Wild Years was published last year on Caffeine Nights   Wednesday 23 October 8.00 pm


New and Selected Potatoes

Petit Venue Join poet, comic, singer, song-writer and glasses-wearer, John Hegley as he performs and reads from his new book – a greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation with some new stuff thrown in. ‘Comedy’s poet laureate’ (Independent) has captivated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals and with numerous television appearances. This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and – of course – potatoes. ‘Fabulously funny’ – Time Out. £8 – advance booking only, call Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111 or book on-line at     Thursday 24 October 7.30pm

Breakwater Theatre presents…

Chills and Thrills

Musika Night Club Breakwater Theatre invites you to an alternative Halloween celebration – start by watching some thrilling new writing in the form of six short plays written around a Halloween theme.  Afterwards, stay and party the night away with a disco and light buffet. Fancy Dress encouraged, with a prize for the best Halloween costume. Breakwater Theatre is a new project devised by Andy Evans and Sara Beasley to promote the performance of new writing for the stage in North East Lincolnshire. £5 – for advance bookings call 07928 104257 or buy on the door. See more at     Friday 25 October 12pm – 1pm

Local Life – lunchtime stories for adults

Grimsby Minster Community Room Presenting four brand new works of up to fifteen minutes in length, from emerging writers working in the region. The new pieces of work have been commissioned for the festival and will include spoken word, story-telling and drama, based on the theme of “local life”. Food available for purchase from Minster cafe prior to event start.     Friday 25 October 7.30pm

Festival Cabaret

Kiki Lovechild presents

The Weatherman

Plus special guest

Oasis Academy Wintringham Following a 5 star run at the Brighton Fringe, Kiki Lovechild brings his solo show to Grimsby. How would you pass time in purgatory? When he is given a banal job in the afterlife, silent clown Kiki Lovechild tries to amuse himself throughout eternity by creating new worlds from his imagination. Featuring physical comedy, mime and illusion from the clown who makes it rain from his fingertips. A regular face on the burlesque and cabaret circuit, Kiki has introduced an entirely new side to this “endearing … funny” and “fantastically inventive” clown. Tickets: £8 – call Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111 or book on-line at **Bar Available**     Sunday 27 October 2pm – 4pm

Poets in Places showcase

Abbey Walk Gallery Following their month-long poetry residencies at locations around North East Lincolnshire, regional poets along with selected artists will informally share the results of their work, and you’re invited. Young emerging poets from the region will also read their original writing. FREE ENTRY     Monday 28 October 10.30am – 2.30pm

Grimsby Writers’ workshop

New members welcome

Grimsby Writers continue their workshop programme covering “writing principles”. Age 16+. Call Ron Geddes for confirmation of venue 01472 509758 or email for further information.     Tuesday 29 October 7.30pm

Writing Friends with Kerry Drewery and Rebecca Mascull

Cleethorpes Library Writing can be a lonely business and every writer needs another writer friend; through the ups and downs of rejections from readers, competitions, agents and publishers, to the balancing act of family life, earning money and trying to write the next novel. Kerry and Rebecca met at Grimsby College a decade ago and have been friends ever since, sharing the trials and tribulations of their developing writing careers. Now both published authors, this event will see Kerry and Rebecca read extracts from their work, answer questions from the audience and discuss the writing process, the road to publication and the support they offer each other as fellow writers. Kerry’s first novel A Brighter Fear, about a young Iraqi girl trying to survive through the war, was published by HarperCollins (2012), and was shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards.  Her follow-up, A Dream of Lights (2013), is the story of a teenager trying to survive the harsh reality of life in North Korea. Rebecca’s first novel, The Visitors, is being published in January 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton.  It is about a deaf-blind girl in late Victorian England, her friendship with her teacher and the mysterious Visitors.  It has been described as ‘a heart-breaking love story and a compelling ghost story’. FREE ENTRY For more information about Kerry Drewery visit For more information about Rebecca Mascull visit You can also find both writers at Books are available at: &


Monday 21 October  – Friday 25 October

The Story Cauldron

North East Lincolnshire Council Libraries present spooky games and a creepy craft to create a story around the cauldron. Children are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween best. The event is suitable for children aged 5 and above and their families or carers. Places must be booked in advance either in person or by phone at the library where the event is being held. Booking starts on Monday 30th September. The cost is £1 per child payable on the day.   Mon 21st Oct 10:30-11:30 Waltham Library, High Street, Waltham, Grimsby, DN37 0LL (01472 323656) Mon 21st Oct 2:30-3:30 Humberston Library, Church Avenue, Humberston, DN36 4HZ (01472 323682) Tue 22nd Oct 10:30-11:30 Grant Thorold Library, Durban Road, DN32 8BX (01472 323631) Tue 22nd Oct 2:30-3:30 Scartho Library, St Giles Avenue, Scartho, DN33 2HB (01472 323638) Wed 23rd Oct 10:30-11:30 Immingham Library, Pelham Road, Immingham, DN40 1QF (01469 516050) Wed 23rd Oct 2:30-3:30 Laceby Library, Cooper Lane, DN37 7AX (01472 323684) Thu 24th Oct 10:30-11:30 Willows Library, Binbrook Way, DN37 9AS (01472 323679) Thu 24th Oct 2:30-3:30 Nunsthorpe Library, The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Nunsthorpe Community Campus, Sutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby, DN33 1AW (01472 323636) Fri 25th Oct 10:30-11:30 Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LG (01472 323650)     Tuesday 22 October 10.30am – 2.30pm

Family Fun Day

Grimsby Minster Come along and take part in a whole host of healthy activities, games and competitions as well as a treasure trail and arts and crafts. Garlic Theatre presents Old Mother Hubbard as part of the day at 11am and 1pm.  Children and adults alike will delight at this fresh and funny adaptation, featuring glove puppets, clowning and a feast of musical treats. FREE ENTRY   Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 10am – 5pm

Shadow & Words

A three-day theatre project with Mizuchi Theatre

St James’ House Mizuchi Theatre, in association with Fusion Youth Theatre, hosts a three- day project for young people to learn about and create their own shadow theatre performance. Using shadow techniques, puppetry and voice, youngsters will work with a professional puppeteer and theatre director to produce a magical show, inspired by the poetry of Lewis Carroll. No previous experience is necessary. Showcase performance to friends and family on Thursday evening at 6pm. Open to ages 7+ £18 Booking essential – 07884 308992     Wednesday 23rd October 2pm

John Hegley – I am a Poetato

Scartho Junior Academy An amazing, live A-Z about people, pets and other creatures… From a mosquito and ants, through (wise) camels, dogs, deck-chairs, goldfish and guillemots, to Toby the Armadillo from Peru and not forgetting the unusual unicorn in school, this is your chance to take a fantastical rhyming journey with one of Britain’s best-loved poets. For family audiences All tickets £6 – book at Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111 or book on-line at Supported by Lincolnshire Montessori – offering childcare and Montessori education from birth to twelve.     Friday 25 October 11am and 2pm A Birdhouse event:

Lawrence Speck in association with Little Mighty presents…

The Boggle – a theatre show for ages 6+

Scartho Junior Academy We all know that Boggles don’t exist… Don’t we? John’s dad has given him dire warnings about the strange creature that lives on their farm. So when John forgets to feed the Boggle, he is breaking one of the key rules he has been given. As the mischievous and strange Boggle wreaks havoc, John must set out for adventure and mayhem in faraway lands. How far will he go to be rid of the troublesome creature? And is he just unfortunate – or do we make our own luck in life? Using storytelling, comedy, puppetry, object manipulation and an original soundscape, The Boggle invites you into the fun and bizarre world of myth and folklore. £5 children / £4 adults Suitable for ages 6+ Book on-line via or by phone or in person at Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111.   Audience quotes: “The show was very good and funny. My favourite bit was when the Boggle threw underpants at me!” Alexander, aged 7     Saturday 26 October 11am – 5pm Birdhouse presents…

Spooky Saturday

Freshney Place Join Moonfruit Stories to hear The Tale of Red’s Tail, an Earthwood story about a grumpy witch and a spell that goes wrong, at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Meet locally-based Earthwood Stories author, Sime Naylor at 4pm who will be signing books. Children can also take part in a spooky trail and arts and crafts throughout the day. Suitable for ages 2 – 7. FREE  

Coming soon

Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November Mon 1.30pm & 4pm Tue 10.30am & 1.30pm

Room on the Broom

Grimsby Auditorium   Adapted for the stage from the best-selling book by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler. A spellbinding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will savethe poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? A rip-roaring ride on a truly magnificent broom. A magical, musical delight for children. Tickets: £12 Box Office: 0844 871 3016 Aged 3+.