Publications

As well as contributing to the newsletters of Wakefield Civic Society, including editing and acting as publisher, I have also contributed to other civic newsletters at national and regional level.

I currently write restaurant reviews and other articles for TopicUK magazine, even featuring on the cover of the March 2017 edition!

The magazine, published in alternate months, now covers the whole of Yorkshire and is distributed free of charge to various outlets across the region. You can find out more about the magazine and read the latest edition on the TopicUK website: https://topicuk.co.uk/

June 2017 saw the publication of my new book on the history of Wood Street in Wakefield.

The book was written for Wakefield Civic Society as part of the Heart of Wakefield Project. Made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – the project was delivered in partnership with Wakefield Council, Wakefield Historical Society and Leeds Beckett University with support from Faceless Arts and One to One Development Trust and was set up to research the history of the street.

The book looks at the history and architecture of the street and its buildings which include two town halls, three police stations and the County Hall! It also reveals how Wood Street acquired its name.

In June 2019, my latest book for Wakefield Civic Society was published. The book, Wakefield: City of Sculpture and Public Art, sets out a walking trail around the city centre pointing out the decorative embellishments to be found on buildings, sculptures and monuments that can be found just through strolling casually around Wakefield. With an expanded text, new photographs and a larger format, this book is an updating of the original work published in 2011.

Both of these books can purchased from Wakefield Civic Society and the Wakefield Cathedral Visitor Information Point in the Treacy Hall at a cost of £3.50 per copy with all proceeds going to the Society. (Alternatively copies can be ordered by post for £5 including postage and packing (or delivery to addresses in the Wakefield area). Please send a cheque made payable to Wakefield Civic Society to Wakefield Civic Society, PO Box 380, Town Hall, Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 3WT.). The City of Sculpture book is also available at YSP and The Art House in Wakefield.

With the late Kate Taylor, and on behalf of Wakefield Civic Society, I have also written two other guides to Wakefield, published by the Society.

These booklets can be purchased from the Society directly or from Wakefield Cathedral’s Visitor Information Point in the Treacy Memorial Hall. See www.wakefieldcivicsociety.org.uk for more information. They cost £1 each or £1.50 if ordered from the Society by post.