Saturday, 9th March

Saturday, 9th March 2019

Story Walk Leeds, with Ursula Holden Gill

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present

Leeds Storytelling Takeover

As part of Leeds Lit Fest 2019

Join award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden Gill for an eye opening and thoroughly entertaining tour bringing Leeds ‘Street Stories’ to life! Drawing her inspiration from the Carriageworks Theatre, the history of the place and its connections to folk and fairy tale, on this hour-long story walk, shapeshifter Ursula promises to transport her audiences into the magical realm of myth making. Expect Northern grit, amusing fabrication, cold hard facts and a fist full of urban charm…

Venue: Leeds City Centre
Performance Location: Outside event – walk

Times: 11:00 and 15:00


Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre Kingston present:
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.

Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s (founder and Artistic Director of Kneehigh) magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s (award-winning actor and singer-songwriter with The Sussex Wit) sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

Zog © 2010 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books

Signs by Si Smith, local artist and author

Signs, the new graphic novel from Si Smith (How to Disappear Completely and Abide With Me), is filled with images of the city centre in Leeds and explores the positive impact of strangers amongst us. You will be struck by the places you recognise, and your sense of recognition of bigger truths in the short stories it contains.


Signs places a high value on the contributions of diverse people, whose names are often not known and who might just be passing through the city, and shows the difference their acts of kindness, action or support can make in people’s lives. It is inspired by portrayals of angels in the bible and also in popular culture. Signs is relevant for people in Leeds of all faiths and no religious faith. It is about the city that we inhabit and create together.


At Holy Trinity on 9th March, you can view an exhibition of Signs storyboards, chat with the author and try your hand at printmaking. At 2pm, its time for the official launch of the new novel, with a Q and A session with artist and author Si Smith.


In Other Words


Local artists Jade Jeffreys and Lisa Boardman present In Other Words, a spoken word event which combines live performances of poetry and prose with abstract film.


At Holy Trinity, on 9th March you can see an exhibition of Newsletter & Zine Work that collates illustrations and interviews with local artists and writers.


You can view a series of short films that show writers performing a chosen piece of work to camera. The performers are local artists that range from professionals to novice artists, there is a warm welcome for everyone from every community and walk of life. Join us for what promises to be an eye-opening and inspirational event.


Tim Ralphs- Rebranding Beelzebub

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present

Leeds Storytelling Takeover

“Have you seen the cloven hoof prints burned on the cellar steps? Have you heard the fiddle player cursing? Can you smell the scent of secrets in the candle smoke?”

Edinburgh Festival hit Rebranding Beezlebub shines a spotlight on ‘Him Downstairs’ in a performance shaped by razor wit, diabolical horror, absurd confessions and guffaws fit for the unholy host. Tim Ralphs presents innovative re-imaginings of traditional tales as he exhumes the bones of old Devil stories and stitches them a new skin. Darkly humorous with disturbing turns and a distinct whiff of sulphur.

Leeds Lit Fest Light Lunch with James Nash and award winning contemporary fiction writer Clare Fisher

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


An Afternoon with Jenni Murray

As the presenter of Woman’s Hour, Jenni Murray has been interviewing and championing remarkable women for the last three decades.

We’re delighted to welcome her to discuss her book, A History of the World in 21 Women. Personally chosen by Jenni, and from all walks of life, the women featured stood up, spoke out, broke moulds and fought for change. They range from political leaders and heads of states such as Angela Merkel, Benazir Bhutto and Hillary Clinton, via activists Wangari Maathai and Anna Politkovskaya, to the writers and artists Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood and Frida Kahlo. Join us to celebrate the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have helped shape our world.

JENNI MURRAY is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She is the author of several books, including A History of Britain in 21 Women and Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter. She lives in North London.

Clare Muireann Murphy: The King of Lies

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present
Leeds Storytelling Takeover

A beautiful country is at the mercy of a lie-obsessed king as he pits his wits against a fool in a self-made lying competition. Sound familiar?

Blending reportage and folklore to tell a story that underlines the power of fakery, this performance is a dynamic adaptation of Damascus Nights, by exiled Syrian writer Rafik Schami.

The King of Lies is created and performed by internationally acclaimed storyteller, Clare Muireann Murphy who returns to the Carriageworks following her recent performance with Daniel Morden, The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos. Experience a powerful performance with a sting in its ta

I, Anarchist, by Damir Avdić and Erik Valenčič

This is the first UK performance of I, Anarchist, a blend of real life experiences, reporting and creative storytelling and music. We follow the lives of two individuals on different paths on a journey into the world as it really is, shared with empathy, humour and sharp energy.

Created and performed by Damir Avdić (storyteller, musician and author from Bosnia) and Erik Valenčič (journalist, filmmaker from Slovenia) brought together with director, storyteller Ana Duša who devised this performance with them.

Wordy Women

Chapel FM presents an evening dedicated to women and words. This live broadcast event runs in two parts. You are welcome to join us in the studio audience for one or both parts:
Five women talk about the physical and metaphorical voice: losing it, finding it, using it. With Becky Cherriman (writer/performer), Louise Gibbs (singer), Khadijah Ibrahim (poet/theatre maker), Jane Oakshott (performance coach), Maggi Stratford (voice coach). Chaired by Peg Alexander.
WORDY WOMEN. 8.00 – 9.30pm.
A panoply of female poets perform their work upstairs in Chapel FM’s atmospheric radio theatre, hosted by Khadijah Ibrahim; featuring Helen Burke, Becky Cherriman, Jane Kite, and Gaia Holmes

Tongue Tied and Twisted – Indian Tales with a Contemporary Twist

Leeds Storytelling Takeover

Tongue Tied & Twisted blasts Indian storytelling into the 21st century combining the talents of UK music producer PKCtheFirst on stage with international performer Peter Chand.

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present

“How many of the sisters will the wild jackals spare…what becomes of the foolish man who thought he was dead….and what is the haunting message that a dove sings across time and space…”

Experience two distinctive artists bringing a fresh UK twist on traditional tales collected from South Asian elders. This show celebrates the art of live storytelling fusing a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds. Together, these two artists present a unique audience experience which bridges cultures and generations.

A co-production with Black Country Touring and Peter Chand in partnership with Creative Black Country supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

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. Don’t miss one of the highlights of the Leeds Lit Festival.