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The Power of Story ... and Cake!

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

‘The Power of Story ...and Cake’ brightened up a drab winter day at Fair Trader’s Toll House in Holmfirth. On 29th January, local authors Anne Steward and Sarah Sheard read extracts from their books in one of the atmospheric, stone arched caverns.

Timed to coincide with National Storytelling Week, the event kicked off with an astounding tale of families passing children up to safety through the floorboards and chimneys of this same building, to escape the rising flood water in the Bilberry Reservoir disaster of February 1852.

Casting for Words

Anne read a selection of poems, evoking memories of youth and family, isolation and loneliness, fulfilment and happiness – sometimes accompanied by her stunning landscape photographs of places near and far.

Adventures of the Doves in the Field of Ideas

Sarah talked about her writing journey and some of the environmental issues facing the world today. She read extracts from her book – an adventure story with a difference – centred on the plight of the bees and the need for us to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. The book features beautiful illustrations by Rose Holman.

A lively discussion (with cake) followed – everything from ecological issues to the challenges and opportunities of self-publishing.

Fairtrade cake ingredients included Zaytoun almonds, Equal Exchange Honey, Pura Panela (organic, dehydrated sugar cane) and Divine chocolate.


Casting for Words by Anne Steward.

Adventures of the Doves in the Field of Ideas by Sarah Sheard.

Books and cake ingredients are all on sale at Fair Trader, 32 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 2JS

Kathryn Sheard, February 2019

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