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Sci-fi festival comes to Brighouse

Dr Who and The Time Machine are among the sci-fi favourites featured at Calderdale Libraries' first ever Science Fiction Festival

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Calderdale libraries are boldly going where they’ve never gone before – by hosting their first-ever Science Fiction Festival.

Events are running at Brighouse library and Halifax central library until Sunday (Sept 25) and include film screenings, author talks and special effects demonstrations.

Saturday morning will feature family-friendly activities including face painting. Fancy dress is optional – but definitely encouraged – for all the events.

Author events taking place at Brighouse library start at noon on Friday, when local author Joe Pitts will gave a talk about his novel, Annie’s Lights.

From 11am to 12.30pm on Saturday Mark Wright, co-author of Doctor-Who-ology, will read extracts from his work and talk about everything Doctor Who. He will also run a writing workshop for budding sci-fi novelists. At 1pm, author Dan Micklethwaite will read from his debut novel, The Less than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote.

Brighouse author Dan Micklethwaite

From 4pm on Sunday, Christopher Priest, will talk about his new book, The Gradual. That will be followed by a screening of Christopher Nolan’s film adaptation of The Prestige. Tickets are £5 or £3 concessions for this event.

Other films shown throughout the weekend at Brighouse Library include the classic 1960 movie, HG Wells’ The Time Machine and Big Hero 6.

Most of the events are free, but booking is required at www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdalembc or call Brighouse Library on 01422 288060.

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