Marsden the Poetry Village is a group of active volunteers whose main aim is to promote the village as a literary and cultural destination. By celebrating Marsden’s culture, history and landscape and by working closely with business, voluntary groups and schools, the aim is to make Marsden a go to destination. Poetry is much more than words on paper – this is a revolution.
Marsden is a large village in West Yorkshire. It is located seven miles west of Huddersfield in the Colne Valley.
Historically Marsden was an important centre for the production of wollen cloth in the South Pennines. The last mill closed in 2003.
Culturally the village hosts festivals and events throughout the year. The Cuckoo Festival, held annually in April, celebrates the arrival of Spring. The Marsden Jazz Festival is held every October, and the winter Imbolc Festival, in which the ‘triumph of the Green Man’ (who represents the coming spring), over Jack Frost (the winter) is celebrated with fire juggling and giant puppets every two years. Marsden is also home to the award winning Silver Prize Brass Band and Mikron Theatre Company, the world’s only professional theatre company to tour by narrowboat.
The village has a large selections of individual shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs and is used extensively as a film and television location.
In 2010 Marsden gained Walkers are Welcome status in recognition of its well maintained footpaths and facilities for walkers and ramblers. The Pennine Way passes close by the village and the surrounding moorland is managed by the National Trust.
Samual Laycock, the famous dialect poet, was born in the village as was the current Oxford Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage, who still writes extensively about his experiences living in the village.
The village hosts a monthly Write Out Loud Poetry spoken word event together with an annual Poetry Jam featured as part of the Jazz Festival.
This is a contact page with some basic contact information and a contact form.