New poetry tour aims to ‘spread a message of hope’

A ‘Poems of hope tour’ will travel across Kirklees in support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week from Saturday 9th October.

The tour, organised by Kirklees Council, aims to raise awareness of hate crimes, what they are, the importance of reporting them and the support available for victims.

Each of the six themed events will feature poems specially written and performed by Batley Poets, information about hate crimes and the importance of reporting them, children’s activities, readings from local writing groups and an open mic for anyone wishing to get up and share messages of unity.

The council will also use informational pop-up stalls throughout the week at various supermarkets and at Huddersfield Bus Station to continue raising awareness amongst local communities.

Hate crimes include physical attack, damage to property, offensive graffiti and inciting hatred, perceived to be aimed at someone because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Hate incidents are similar, but not to a criminal extent, such as verbal and online abuse.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said “We’re proud to host the Poems of Hope Tour in support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

“Being targeted with verbal or physical acts of hate is simply not acceptable. Hate crimes can have a deeply damaging impact on not only those who experience them, but their families and their neighbourhoods too.

“That’s why events like this are so important to raise awareness. Only by helping people to understand what a hate crime is and how to report them can we make sure victims get the support they need. Their bravery in coming forward could also prevent someone else from experiencing a hate crime. Not only that but reporting is vital to help us to build a true picture of what’s happening locally, so we can work with our partners to take necessary action.

“I’d urge anyone who’s experienced a hate crime to report it. More information can be found on the council’s website –

The poetry tour dates are:

  • Saturday 9 October 11am – 1pm

Nelson Mandela Corner (behind the library), Huddersfield Town Centre, HD1 2QF

Theme: Race

  • Saturday 9 October 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Beaumont Park, Crosland Moor, HD4 7AY

Theme: Faith

  • Sunday 10 October 2pm – 4pm

Greenhead Park Band Stand, Huddersfield, HD1 4DT

Theme: Sexual Orientation

  • Wednesday 13 October 2pm – 4pm

Longcauseway Band Stand, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

Theme: Transphobia

  • Saturday 16 October 11am – 1pm

The Green, Heckmondwike, WF16 0HE

Theme: Misogyny

  • Saturday 16 October 2.30pm – 4.30pm 

Batley Market Place, Batley, WF17 5DA

Theme: Disability

These are free to attend, outdoor events, so people are advised to go dressed for the weather and can take camping chairs if they wish.

Further information about the tour is available by email at

For more information about hate crimes, and how to report them, go to

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