image for Literary Event item typeZoe Howë and Celeste Bell in Conversation at Unity Works

Literary Event, Sat 30 Sep 2017, free entry

Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene


Wakefield Lit Fest

07718 564 376


Unity Works,


A discussion focusing on the new book and film celebrating late X-Ray Spex star Poly Styrene with Celeste Bell, Poly’s daughter, and writer Zoë Howe.

Beyond the songs, the look (incorporating the most famous braces in rock) and that warrior-cry voice, Poly Styrene's fascinating and sometimes frightening story - incorporating struggles with misogyny, racism and mental health issues - has remained largely untold until now.

In both book and film, the jigsaw pieces of Poly’s life will be brought together for the first time. Combining original interviews, new research and previously unseen archive materials - and underscored with Poly’s music from throughout her career - these two projects celebrate one of punk’s most uncompromising mavericks. Both the film, directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain; Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle), and the book (published by Omnibus Press) will be released in November 2018, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of seminal X-Ray Spex album Germ-Free Adolescents.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 30 Sep 2017 14:00 to 15:00
This event takes place inside the Unity Works Minor Hall.


Free entry

£8 full / £6 concs
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Map reference: SE 329207  Lat: 53.68183 Long: -1.50231

Unity Works lies at the heart of Wakefield, close to the refurbished train station and opposite the Theatre Royal.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Westgate station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality