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Literary Festival, Fri 30 Sep 2016, free entry


The Thin Seam

The Thin Seam


Wakefield Lit Fest

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Caphouse Colliery,
New Road,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 28 May - Sat 31 Dec Heroes and Heroines
Wed 4 May - Mon 31 Oct The End of an Era: Big K 1965-2015
Fri 30 Sep The Thin Seam
Sun 2 Oct Coalshed Poets
Sun 2 Oct Mine All Mine
Wed 5 Oct Wacky Wednesdays


Venue: Westgate Unitarian Chapel, Westgate, Wakefield

Building on the success of their event last year at the Wakefield Literature Festival with former Pit Nurse Joan Hart, the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) are making a return to this year's Wakefield LitFest with Yorkshire based singer/songwriter Ali Bullivent.

Ali will be premiering an exciting new work commissioned by the NCMME which will highlight their vast and unique collection of mining literature in the NCMME Library.

It will be based on the work of novelist and short story writer Sid Chaplin who was also a regular contributor to Coal Magazine, the official newspaper of the National Coal Board and columnist for the Guardian newspaper. Sid Chaplin, who was from the North East of England came from a mining family and as a teenager worked in the local pits.

The performance will also include a number of other songs and poems inspired by prose, poetry and factual accounts from our mining heritage.

Ali will be joined by a number of guest musicians including the Imba Basi Band and Librarians from NCMME will be on hand to speak to people about the fascinating collection held in the museum library before and after the event.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 30 Sep 2016 18:00 to 19:00


Free entry

Free, please book via the festival box office



See location of National Coal Mining Museum for England on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality