In partnership with Ilkley Literature Festival, Playful Being has developed a new Fringe Festival to showcase local writers and performers.

The free festival will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October in three neighbouring Ilkley venues: Church House, Ilkley Arts Studio and The Manor House.

Stone house with pink and white roses growing in front,
Ilkley Arts Studio, one of the venues at the Fringe Festival

The programme is packed with literary delights and surprises, from spoken word to comedy, storytelling to music, workshops to drop-in sessions. Playful Being, creative facilitators based in Yorkshire, sought out local talent with strong links to the region. The festival encompasses a range of art forms and aims to build a sense of community between the writers and performers.

Hallmark editor Hannah Woodcock will be leading a workshop from 10-11am on Saturday 5 October. Picoems: Poetic Inspiration in Unexpected Places will explore how everyday scenes (such as trolley bays and potholes!) can spark interesting metaphors and new ways of writing. The word ‘picoem’ is a combination of picture and poem and attendees will be encouraged to write about selected images and their own photos.

Picoem of Hornsea beach

The workshop is based on a self-initiated writing project. As part of the 2019 Step Up January campaign, Hannah challenged herself to walk for at least 30 minutes every day in January, take a photo en route, then write something inspired by the image.

Day 9 of Step Up January

Hannah said, ‘Surprisingly, I found the more mundane photos easier to write about. I love the idea of overlooked scenes sparking new writing and can’t wait to hear other people’s ideas at the festival.’

Day 11 of Step Up January

View the Fringe Festival programme here. You don’t need to book onto the events – attendees can join a particular session or stay for the whole day.