A book on the infamous ‘Water Splash final’ at Wembley will feature at a selection of rugby league readings as part of the Wakefield literature festival.
‘They Walked on Water’ by David Hinchcliffe focuses on the 1968 Challenge Cup final, a game that has haunted players and fans alike . BBC shows that kick every year – but never the controversial penalty try awarded to Leeds – without which Wakefield would have won the game.
The book takes centre stage in the event at Wakefield labour club on Saturday 29th September, but also included are stories of Neil Fox’s first game at Belle Vue, what it is like being a fan of Swinton, players jumping into the crowd to reconcile their differences with fans and a lot more.
Dedicated to Trinity Committee man John Lindley and with readings from Castleford and Halifax fans as well as former MP David Hinchliffe, any cash raised will go to the RL Benevolent fund.
The day will run as follows:
12.30 Not Bad That –Wakefield’s answer toWith Great Pleasure – you are invited to read or recite from your favourite books (5 minute slots)
2.30 pm Mad Jo and his radical ukulele
3.30 Rugby League Readings – two 40 minute halves of favourite readings from rugby league literature featuring David Hinchliffe talking about his latest book on the notorious ’68 Watersplash Final and the process of making a book from people’s memories.
The day will also feature:
John Ledger’s art work on display in the ‘BIG ROOM’
The launch of ‘Telling Stories’ – Telling Stories an opportunity to submit creative work in any form about your life and where you live. Visit: www.neat.uk.com
8.30pm onwards ‘Folk open mic neet’. Come and listen or join in.
The day is free with Wakefield Labour Club located on Vicarage Street, WF1 1QX.
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