The winning artwork in the children's sci-fi competition

Sci-fi art competition – kids have got the force to draw

Our sci-fi themed children’s art competition attracted 117 ‘out of this world’ entries from kids across Kirklees and the winners have now been announced.

Many of our libraries held art workshops during the October half term and these contributed to the large number of brilliant entries.

Prizes included tickets to the Lawrence Batley Theatre (LBT) and vouchers from Calder Graphics Art Supplies, as well as book tokens and vouchers for use in our museums’ gift shops.  Special thanks go to the LBT and Calder Graphics for donating prizes.

Entries were judged in three age categories. The 12 winners were:

In the 3 to 6 years old category

1st – Udo Onyenso, age 6 from Almondbury

2nd – Toby Hulme, age 4 from Marsden

3rd – Dylan Wailes, age 6 from Batley

4th – Harry Stanton, age 6 from Holmfirth

In the 7 to 10 years old category

1st – Theo McFarlane, age 8 from Birkby

2nd – Jessica Richards, age 9 from Birstall

3rd – Safah Hussain, age 7 from Huddersfield

4th – Finlay Addy-Child, age 10 from Linthwaite

In the 11 to 16 years old category

1st – Phoebe Bird, age 12 from Heckmondwike

2nd – Lily Webb, age 12 from Rastrick

3rd – Joe Day, age 11 from Dewsbury

4th – Ayaan Sarwar, age 11 from Batley

This is one of many events that were organised as part of Sci-Fest Yorkshire 2015 – a brand new science fiction festival organised by Kirklees LibrariesKirklees Museums and Galleries, and the University of Huddersfield.

Exterminate! -timey-wimey tales and creative writing workshops


Timey-wimey tales invites young Sci-Fi lovers and wannabee writers for a treat this half term. Our libraries are holding some special creative writing workshops with Dr Who magazine co-editor Mark Wright.

The workshop is for children aged 7 to 12 years old and will give budding whovians a chance to create their own ‘out of this world’ stories and characters with support from Dr Who expert Mark.

This is one of many events part of Sci-Fest Yorkshire 2015 – a brand new science fiction festival organised by Kirklees Libraries, Kirklees Museums and Galleries, and the University of Huddersfield.

Sessions last an hour and a half take place on Friday 30th October 2015. The morning session is at Greenwood Centre Library in Ravensthorpe and starts at 11am, the afternoon session is at 2.30pm at Huddersfield Library.

Sessions cost £2 per child.

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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:

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

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Sci Fi collectables - JD Hancock

Sci-Fi collectables wanted for museum exhibition

Sci Fi collectables - JD Hancock
Image via JD Hancok on

Are you a Trekkie, a Ringer, a Whovian or a wannabe Jedi?  Are you a fan of the classic oldie ‘Back to the Future’ or are you spaced out by the latest blockbuster ‘Interstellar’?

Whichever army of fans you belong to, Tolson Museum in Huddersfield is hoping you can join forces to showcase the appeal and excitement of science fiction.

As part of a sci-fi festival later in the year, the museum is planning a display of sci-fi collectables and is hoping local fans will delve into their personal collections to lend objects.

The museum are looking for a variety of items including: Darth Vader’s mask, sonic screwdrivers, lightsabres; model vehicles like the starship enterprise or the DeLorean time machine; or figures of the characters from Captain Kirk to Luke Skywalker, even the daleks.

Costumes, posters and other memorabilia from any era are also welcome.

The display is planned from October half-term until early 2016 to coincide with Sci-Fest Yorkshire, a programme of sci-fi events being organised by Kirklees Museums in partnership with Kirklees Libraries and the University of Huddersfield.

Sci-fi is hugely popular and there is a massive range of items available to collect.  It is hoped local fans will share their love and fascination of the genre by allowing the museum to show some of their personal collectables.

You can phone, email or go along in person to Tolson on Saturday 12 September. The exhibition curators will be at the museum from 12 noon to meet sci-fi collectors and look at anything they may have to offer for loan to the exhibition.

Get in touch

Tolson Museum can be contacted by calling 01484 223240 or emailing

Contributors are asked to include measurements and photos if they are emailing