Beam me up Scotty! – 3 ways to enjoy Sci-Fest Yorkshire 2015

Have you got the force? Sci-Fest Yorkshire 2015 brings to you a brand new science fiction festival held from 23rd October to 1st November 2015, across various venues in our area. The festival has something to offer everyone – from your little furry ewoks looking for half-term entertainment to the expert H.G. Wells fan after an enjoyable evening of discussion.

As well as author talks and book discussions, we have a host of exciting activities. For the ‘hands on’ fan we have sci-fi themed workshops, for the film enthusiast we have various screenings of sci-fi classics, and for the Cosplayers amongst us we have a costume trail around the People’s Show of Sci-Fi.

Whatever your age, whatever your fandom, come along and get involved!

1. Sci-fest launch – 23rd October 2015

Creative Arts Building University of Huddersfield

Kicking off the launch we are pleased to announce that Huddersfield-based band Stems will be headlining on 23rd October, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and will be performing to the accompaniment of the 1902 silent movie ‘Trip to the moon’.

Stems describe themselves as ‘Art rock embellished with strings – epic cinematic compositions full of sweeping elegant darkness and hypnotic delicate intensity’, with an eclectic mix of influences from Stravinsky to Velvet Underground. The band have undertaken several European tours and have performed at events such as Huddersfield’s Festival of Light.

The event costs £1 entry (refunded with any bar sales) and with optional fancy dress encouraged, this promises to be a spectacular festival launch.

2. Writing workshop and talk – 26th October 2015

Huddersfield Art Gallery and University of Huddersfield

Are you the next Stephen King? Why not come to our creative writing workshop at the university led by sci-fi author Justina Robson which will include discussions and activities, and address the problems what writers face.

If that doesn’t satisfy your thirst for fiction why not move along to Huddersfield Art Gallery and see lecture by Justina on genre fiction: the imagination and the creatively lived life. This is a must for all readers, writers, and all kinds of dreamers!

The workshop is £2.50 entry and takes place at 2.15pm to 4.15pm in the University’s Lockside Building, Room LS1/27. To book tickets for this event please visit our website:

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The lecture is free entry and starts 6pm.

3. ‘Manga Madness’ and workshop – 27th October 2015

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Whether it’s Digimon or Pokemon you prefer, this is a must for all you mini Pikachus! Pop down to Huddersfield Art Gallery from 11am to 12.30pm and learn how to draw different styles of Manga to create your own ‘out of this world’ Manga mask.

For you hardened teens come and get involved with our Manga drawing workshop and create your own cartoon.

The cost of ‘Manga madness’ and the workshop are £2.oo each per child. Manga madness is for ages 7-12 years old and the workshop for 13+.

To book tickets for these events please visit our website:

Book tickets for Kirklees Libraries creative writing events


SciFest Yorkshire is brought to you by Kirklees Libraries, Kirklees Museums and Galleries, and the Universtiy of Huddersfield.

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