Sunday, 10th March

Sunday, 10th March 2019

Big Stories of the Little People, by Clare Muireann Murphy

Furious and fabulous, the fairies of Ireland are known for their mischief and mayhem.  Come and hear the truth about the Other People. With stories of weddings and funerals, wild babies, witches and lost causes.  Clare Muireann Murphy will take you on a journey to her homeland through her stories, aimed at all humans (big or little).


Northern Book Sale

Hyde Park Book Club and Leeds Big Bookend present a small presses book sale and author readings, celebrating all things good and Northern: Including Peepal Tree Press, Half Moon Books, Wild Pressed Books and othe


The Shahnameh: an Epic Book of Kings- family event

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present

Leeds Storytelling Takeover

As part of Leeds Lit Fest 2019

Dive into the majestic myths, stories and music of ancient Persia and join supersized hero Rustam and his faithful horse on their adventures with magical creatures, princesses and kings in this enchanting and interactive family performance.

Hand-picked stories are brought to life with effervescent energy by dazzling performance storyteller, Xanthe Gresham Knight and through the sublime rhythms of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi, on daf, setar and shurangiz – ‘the excitement maker’.


Light Lunch with James Nash and contemporary fiction writer SJ Bradley

As part of the Leeds Lit Fest 2019 a series of events have been programmed to give city centre workers, shoppers and residents the chance to take time out at lunch and listen to one of the regions finest writers.

Writer James Nash chats to contemporary fiction writer and editor SJ Bradley. Bring your sandwiches and enjoy some author chat.

This event is Pay What You Feel and has been made possible through support by Leeds Inspired and The Leeds Library. Please register for a ticket to avoid disappointment


The Shahnameh: an Epic Book of Kings- family event

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present

Leeds Storytelling Takeover

Dive into the majestic myths, stories and music of ancient Persia and join supersized hero Rustam and his faithful horse on their adventures with magical creatures, princesses and kings in this enchanting and interactive family performance.

Hand-picked stories are brought to life with effervescent energy by dazzling performance storyteller, Xanthe Gresham Knight and through the sublime rhythms of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi, on daf, setar and shurangiz – ‘the excitement maker’.


Strix #6 Launch

Described by Carol Rumens in the Guardian as ʺhandsome, streamlined and sharp-eyedʺ, and shortlisted in the 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine, in the less than two years since its first issue, Strix magazine has established a reputation for publishing distinctive and high quality poems and short fiction. Join Strix’s Leeds-based editors SJ Bradley, Ian Harker, and Andrew Lambeth in the breath-taking Leeds Library on Commercial Street to be the first to get your hands on Strix #6 and hear some of its contributors read their work.


Anthony Clavane in conversation with James Oddy. From Tragedy to Triumph – How Leeds (and Yorkshire) Lead the Way.

From Tragedy to Triumph – how Leeds (and Yorkshire) lead the way. After years in the wilderness Leeds United could be returning to the promised land.

Anthony Clavane, author of Promised Land and Moving the Goalposts, talks about this revival, with fellow writer James Oddy, and what it means for the city and Yorkshire.

Anthony has written three books including Promised Land which was about Leeds and was named  Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club – as well as Sports Book of the Year by The Radio 2 Book Club.

James Oddy was born in Leeds, and never left. He has written extensively about sport and culture for titles such as Prospect, The Yorkshire Post and Boxing Monthly. He is the author of True Professional, The Clive Sullivan story, A Guardian sports book of the year in 2017.


Ben Fogle: Tales from the Wildness

Thrilling tales from a modern day explorer. From crossing Antarctica to conquering Everest, Ben will take the audience on an inspiring adventure.

Join Ben in this uplifting and exciting show, when he’ll be sharing his stories of the wilderness. Ben has climbed Everest, been swimming with crocodiles, saved elephants, dodged pirates, been marooned for a year on an uninhabited island, walked to the South Pole, Crossed the Empty Quarter with camels, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, tracked the Migration of the Wilderbeest, swum from Alcatraz, had a flesh eating disease and messed around with ferrets!

The much-loved TV adventurer will recount, with warmth and honesty, his thrilling tales. If you like Ben’s TV shows then you’ll love this personal and intimate evening of stories from around the world. The show will include multi-media and an opportunity for Q&A’s.

The UN Patron of the Wilderness, Ben Fogle has travelled the world, has published 10 bestselling books & his TV shows are a global hit watched by millions around the world.


Nunkie Theatre performs MR James

In a thrilling performance by candlelight, Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre Company brings to life two of the eeriest and most entertaining stories by M. R. James, Master of the English ghost story. A young tourist from Cambridge visits France, finds a strange image in an old document and discovers the devil in the details. The second story of ghoulish revenge involving a haunted work of art unfolds before the helpless eyes of a museum curator in Oxford.