Menston based writers’ club at Ilkley Literature Festival

Back row, l to r, Ruxandra, John, Martin, James, Roger; front, Jo and Bob. Photo after rehearsal on Saturday - not all members due to 'perform' could make it.

Back row, l to r, Ruxandra, John, Martin, James, Roger; front, Jo and Bob. After rehearsal on Saturday – not all members due to ‘perform’ could make it.

Menston based writers’ club, Writing on the Wharfe, after two successful appearances in the past two years at the Ilkley Literature Festival ‘Fringe’, several appearances in Ilkley or Menston library, and two appearances in Leeds Art Gallery earlier this year, has this year been invited to present ‘Evocation‘ as part of the main Ilkley festival but instead of stories, poems and music evoked by four paintings in the the Leeds gallery there will be music, stories and poems evoked by four photographs around Ilkley, taken by club member Robert (Bob) Hamilton. The music will come from the brilliant Samuel Moore, a distinguished flamenco guitarist.

Eight writers

Of the eight writers who will be presenting their story or poem, four are from Menston – James Brown, Jo Campbell, Roger Livesey and David Machin; two from Guiseley – Kayla Herbert and John Ridyard (well known as a member of the Menston Art Club); one from Otley – Martin Fuller; and one from Ilkley – Sussi Smith. Presenting the hour long show will be founder of the writers’ club, Ruxandra Moore.

At Ilkley Playhouse

The event is on Saturday 29th September, 7.45pm at Ilkley Playhouse, Wildman. Tickets are £5 on the door. They can be booked by telephone or on line but be warned, there is a £2 booking charge in these cases (the club has no control over ticket prices or booking fees).

New members welcome

The writers’ club, friendly and supportive of both aspiring and experienced writers,  currently has about 20 members between mid 20s and 80 (minimum age 18) though about half this number usually attend any particular meeting. New members are welcome.

The club meets once a fortnight, usually at 1.30 on a Saturday afternoon in the Menstone on Farnley Road, Menston. For more information email Ruxandra at

A long absence from this site

It’s more than a year since it was suggested in a post, about the 2017 Menston Show, that it might be the last post on this site. The reasons were given at the time. It was suggested that if sufficient organisations sent information about their events, in time, then the diary feature might be continued but there were not enough responses to make it worthwhile. And it was suggested that maybe the occasional event might be featured. This has not been possible. The post above should be regarded as a one off.

Nevertheless, for some reason frequent views of the site have continued and the number of  followers has continued to grow. So there may be very occasional posts in the future.