Celebrating 50 years of Kes

People picking up their fish and chips in Hoyland near Barnsley this week may be surprised to find a free copy of A Kestrel for A Knave to enjoy with their supper.

KES AND CHIPS: Copies of the book have been placed around Hoyland.
KES AND CHIPS: Copies of the book have been placed around Hoyland.

Casper’s Fish and Chip Shop in Hoyland is just one of five locations in the town centre to receive copies of the novel, gifted by The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP).

Fifty copies of the novel were placed in and around Hoyland on Tuesday – the anniversary of the publication of A Kestrel for a Knave. Hoyland is closely associated with the book and film, providing inspiration to the author Barry Hines and film locations for Kes. Residents and visitors to the town centre will also be able to find free copies at Irish bar O’yle in the Wall, The Knave and Kestrel Pub, NHS Hoyland Centre and the Hoyland Library.

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The DVLP is inviting people to record the journey of the novel using a code at the back to ensure the story of Kes lives on. People who find the book are encouraged to tweet @discoverdearne using the hashtag #Kes50 each time the book changes hands.

The book drop also marks the launch of Kes 50, a project by South Yorkshire artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want which has been funded by DVLP, The University of Sheffield and The Civic, Barnsley.

The artists have collaborated to create a collection of new artworks celebrating the work of Barry Hines which will appear in various public locations in 2018 and will culminate in a new exhibition during 2019.