Reading will take audience on a journey

ELMET Trust patron Simon Armitage will take his audience on a journey during a book reading in Mytholmroyd.

Simon will read extracts from his latest book “Walking Home” at The Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, on Burnley Road, from 7.30pm on Friday, June 15.

The book explores the journey he made in the summer of 2010, when he walked the Pennine Way.

It is a challenging 256-mile route, usually approached from south to north - from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, on the Scottish border.

However, Simon did it the other way round so that he would be walking home towards the Yorkshire village where he was born.

He travelled as a ‘modern troubadour’ without a penny in his pocket, stopping along his journey to give poetry readings in village halls, churches, pubs and living rooms.

Simon chose the Ted Hughes Theatre for the reading because it was one of the destinations he stopped to give a reading whilst on the trip.

An Elmet Trust spokesperson said: “Some will have missed him, but this is their chance to see him perform, and also to find out what he wrote about the Trust in his book.

“Walking Home describes the journey he made through Britain’s remote and wild landscape, capturing the generosity of the locals who sustained him on his journey.”

Tickets are priced at £6 each, and are available from Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre, Butlers Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge.

For more information email or telephone 01422 843831.