4th Mar — 19th Mar

Magic Rock Tap have teamed up with the Huddersfield Literature Festival to present a huge array of literature themed events. There’s something for everyone, from children’s comedy to an all female spoken word event celebrating International Women’s Day.

* Most events are free apart from the Pete Brown evening.

Wednesday 8 MarchThe Ms. Shakespeare Project presents: Poetic Licence (as part of International Women’s Day) / 7pm – FREE

Verse, comedy and craft beer from some of the country’s most exciting women writers, hosted by Magic Rock Brewing Co. Award-winning poet Louise Fazackerley heads up this evening of cutting-edge poetry from female writers. Fazackerley recently won the Radio 3 Verb New Voices commission with her spoken word show ‘Love is a Battlefield’, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Expect consummate skill, infectious laughter and frank honesty. Also performing is ‘lyrical machine gun’ spoken-word poet Toria Garbutt and our Ms. Shakespeare competition-winner, Lily Luty.

Artist info :

Louise Fazackerley
– ‘A voice that tingles with promise’ Ian McMillan / Winner of the Radio 3 Verb New Voices commission with her spoken word show ‘Love Is A Battlefield. @louisethepoet

Lily Luty (Ms. Shakespeare Competition Winner) – Dark and glittering, yet filled with a sense of hope… A Slam champion born and bred in West Yorkshire, Lily is currently Poet in Residence at Six Lips Theatre. https://www.facebook.com/playbackpoetry/

Toria Garbutt – ‘The lyrical machine gun. Punk in its purest form’ – Matt Abbott / Pure punk heritage and unapologetic spoken word confessions.

No need to book, just turn up. The Ms. Shakespeare Project aims to provide support, platforms and new audiences for female writers – www.gardengatearts.com

Sunday 12 MarchModern Cautionary Tales for Children with Murray Lachlan Young / 3pm – FREE

An acclaimed mix of poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling, a touch of panto, and lots of fun participation. A hilarious and positive route to showing children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and even quite cool!

A raucous, silly, scary, funny, poignant and enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem, packed with dark tales and nonsense. This show gets children dancing on-stage, completing simple fun poems, being ponies and getting seriously involved in live interactive poetry –  www.murraylachlanyoung.co.uk

“Enchanting” : Sunday Times

No need to book, just turn up.

Sunday 12 MarchAn Evening with Murray Lachlan Young / 7pm – FREE

An evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and devastating-ditty as BBC6 music resident poet presents his stunning new live up-close and personal show. A delightful and satirical romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum. This is unique stand up poetry/spoken word performance, from one of the very best in the business.

Acclaimed playwright, actor, screen-writer and poet – extraodinaire. Celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy with delightful commentaries on the bizarreness of contemporary life, expect flamboyant, punchy wit, brooding subtext and empathetic humour. Mick Jagger recently presented Keith Richards with a CD of Murray’s poem, marking the anniversary of Keith falling out of a coconut tree.

No need to book, just turn up.

Wednesday 15 MarchMiracle Brew: Hops, Barley, Yeast, Water and the Nature of Beer with Pete Brown / 7pm, £10 advance (includes three thirds of beer) – purchase tickets below

Beer is the world most popular alcoholic beverage, so why do so few of us know what’s in it?

Award-winning writer and broadcaster Pete Brown tells stories from his new book and tastes beers that reflect the character of the four main ingredients. Over 18s only, ticket includes 3 x 1/3 of Magic Rock.

Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, blogger and broadcaster specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. His broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub.

He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012, and Fortnum and Mason Online Drinks Writer of the Year in 2015. He blogs at petebrown.net. Born in Barnsley, he now lives in That London.

Sunday 26th March – Tap Type launch / 12pm – FREE

Over the course of few months in 2016, the Tap asked their patrons to get involved to create something very unique. Armed with a Type Tap beer mat, a selection of pens and some very careful consideration, this customer led project has created unique letters and numbers in many shapes and forms, advocates of the Tap Room have now contributed to help design their very own typeface!

The Tap present a very special exhibition of the work, collated and orchestrated by their in house designer Richard Norgate, on the evening the Tap will be launching a special beer in collaboration with the Print Project, Shipley. Who will also be on board to show some of their work and host some letterpress workshops.

#TapType / @theeprintproject

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