THE life of Anne Lister will be marked by a programme of events around Calderdale later this month.

The famous diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar and traveller, Lister was born in Halifax on April 3, 1791 and died on September 22, 1840.

Her diaries of more than five million words detailed her life, loves, health, business interests and politics and her story became world-famous through Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO series, Gentleman Jack.

To commemorate the 183rd anniversary of her death, a series of events are being held across Calderdale from Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24.

An extra event on Saturday 30 September, with bestselling author Emma Donoghue, celebrating her new Anne Lister novel, ‘Learned by Heart’.

Events begin on Thursday, September 21, and includes the opening of a special free exhibition at Halifax Central Library and Archives.

Many events are taking place on the anniversary of Anne’s death (Friday, September 22). This includes a special service at Halifax Minster to remember Anne’s life and legacy from 7.30pm.

Events on Saturday, September 23, begin with flower laying at the sculpture of Anne Lister in the Piece Hall, Halifax from 9.30am.

The full programme of events taking place for ‘Anne Lister 183 – Celebrating her legacy’ and information about booking where applicable, is available at