Wednesday, 6th March

Wednesday, 6th March 2019

The Last Tribe Film Showing and Director’s Q&A

This humorous and intimate account of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in England – thinking that they’d arrived in America – charts their rags to riches story from the ghettos of Eastern Europe to the self-made empires of Marks & Spencer, Burton’s Clothing and countless more.

Combining drama with documentary, a 19th Century Russian Jew searched the City of Leeds for a people that have since moved on. Having moved up the social ladder and out of the city slums, younger generations of Leeds Jews moved away, married out and forgot where they came from.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with director Simon Glass.

Part of the MILIM festival, including a small exhibtion of the Jewish diaspora in Leeds

Free entry

Free, no booking required.


Leeds Lit Fest Light Lunch with James Nash and Frances Brody

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 historical crime fiction writer, Frances Brody about her hugely successful Kate Shackleton mysteries and her writing career. Bring your sandwiches and enjoy some author chat in your lunch hour.

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

 


Rush Hour Words with writer Richard Smyth

As part of the Leeds Lit Fest 2019 a series of events have been programmed to give a welcome alternative to the rush hour commute.

So take time out of your busy day! Come along and hear writer Richard Smyth talk about nature writing. Why do we love nature books so much? How is it that nature on the page has such power to excite, entrance and inspire us? Nature writing in English has a long history, and has taken many forms over the centuries. Today the field is as vibrantly crowded as ever. In this talk, Richard will take a wander through Britain’s wild writing heritage, asking why nature-writing matters, who gets to write it, and where does it go from here?

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


Northern Short Story Festival 2019 Programme Launch

The “revelatory, educational, inspiring” Northern Short Story Festival, now in its fourth year, is the North’s only dedicated short story festival. Host to a diverse range of award winning publishers and authors, the festival has won plaudits for its innovative programming and affordable, accessible ethos. Join Festival Director SJ Bradley, NoShoSto Academy member Jenna Isherwood, and special guests, at this fun and free event, for the exclusive reveal of the 2019 Festival programme.


Leeds Savages: Live

Come along to the first ever Leeds Lit Fest and enjoy a spectacular showcase from The Leeds Savage Club – Leeds oldest (and best!) writing group! You’ll hear captivating tales, magical voices and wonderful poetry from a wide range of writers.

Readings may contain mature themes


Chelping – Spoken Word Night

The leading monthly spoken word night in Leeds will be taking place at The Leeds Library, the oldest membership subscription Library in the country. Curated and compered by Matt Abbott, one of the UK’s leading spoken word artists, the night will include open mic slots followed by sets from Steve Williams and headline act Jess Green and compered by Matt Nicholson.

If you have never been to a spoken word night before, this is the perfect opportunity to see some of the finest performers in the country performing in one of the most stunning venues in the country.


The Leeds Library Ghostly Poetry Walk with Mark Pajak

The Leeds Library, one of the most haunted buildings in Yorkshire, invites you to discover the supernatural side of Leeds with stories paired with chilling poetry courtesy of your host for the evening, award winning poet Mark Pajak. The tour of landmarks of historic Leeds and their macabre folklore and history will be matched by poetry bringing the history of Leeds from years gone by to life.
The walk will take place each night from Wed 6 March to Sat 9 March, doors open 8.30pm for a prompt 9.00pm start until 10.30pm.
Dress warmly and bring a torch.

The tour will begin at the Library (on Commercial St NOT Central Library), the home of Thomas Sternberg its resident spirit, a previous Librarian of the Library in the late 19th century.

The walk will take place regardless of the weather.