Fish, chips and a side of Hines

26 January 2018

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

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.

50 copies of the novel are to be placed in and around Hoyland on Tuesday 30 January – the anniversary of the publication of A Kestrel for a Knave. Hoyland is closely associated with the book and subsequent 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.

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 pick up the book are encouraged to tweet @discoverdearne using the hashtag #Kes50 each time the book changes hands.

The book drop marks the launch of Kes 50 - a project by South Yorkshire artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want which has been funded by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and supported by The University of Sheffield and The Civic, Barnsley. More details can be found at

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.

Sally Gawthorpe, community officer at the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, said: “We’re hoping to inspire the people of Hoyland to pick up and pass on the book to their friends and family so the story lives on and is remembered for generations to come. The book drop is a great way to kick-start our Kes 50 celebrations in the same South Yorkshire community which inspired Hines’ rich and descriptive writing.

“Throughout 2018 the people of Barnsley can look forward to some exciting pop-up art installations across the town which will provide contemporary interpretations of the book and the changing social landscape. It’s a fascinating project and one we’re really proud to support.”

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership works to protect, preserve and enhance the landscape of the Dearne Valley with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Notes to editor

Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe at Capital B Media on 01226 766900 or at

Sally Gawthorpe from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and artist Patrick Murphy are available for interviews.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership

The lead partner of the The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is Barnsley Council with a partnership that includes Rotherham and Doncaster Councils, the RSPB, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Garganey Trust and others. The DVLP is part of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Services and is based at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery @HLFYandH

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