Thursday, 7th March

Thursday, 7th March 2019

Leeds Lit Fest Light Lunch with James Nash and historical crime fiction writer, Chris Nickson

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 writer Chris Mixon and his 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

Leeds Pub Theatre Monologue Moments

Leeds Pub Theatre presents Monologue Moments – Mettle or Metal, Courage or Steel, or Both. 10 moments in ten different lives. Ten local writers explore and respond to the theme ‘mettle’ in a world premiere of new five-minute monologues. Local actors and directors will bring you an evening of eclectic experiences. Expect comedy, surrealism, bathos, flights of fancy and mid-life escapism

Book online or pay on the door

Manifesto in Verse

A celebration of 100 years of some women getting the vote. Join us while we showcase a year-long project working with young women using spoken word/poetry as a form of activism.

Rush Hour Words with writer and broadcaster Nick Ahad

So take time out of your busy day!  Come along and hear writer and broadcaster, Nick Ahad talk about his latest play, Glory, presented by The Dukes and Red Ladder Theatre  in association with Tamasha..Glory takes us into the wrestling ring in his painfully funny, sweaty and gutsy story about what people will do to achieve glory.


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

34 Years of Peepal Tree Press!

Join us for an evening of readings and performance celebrating Leeds based publisher Peepal Tree Press’ 34th year of publishing the very best in Caribbean and Black British writing. With MCs Malika Booker and Khadijah Ibrahiim, and a host of talented poets and fiction writers, including Desiree Reynolds, Roger Robinson, Nick Mahoka, Degna Stone, Anthony Joseph, Jacqueline Bishop, Seni Seneviratne and Jacob Ross, we promise you an unforgettable evening of word and sound!

“Polterheist | Script Yorkshire celebrates 30 years Followed by Q&A with Director & Co-writer. In honour of Gemma Head”

Guns, gangsters and ghosts. This ambitious indie film set in Bradford has been sweeping up awards at film festivals all around the country. Eleven to date, and counting. What’s more, it’s made by two of our members: Dave Gilbank, Director. And one of its co-writers was the amazingly talented Gemma Head. Sadly Gemma died in October last year. Gemma was an incredible writer with a portfolio of brilliant plays in her own right. She certainly made her mark in this film too, winning a Best Screenplay Award.
Look out for Gemma’s cameo role in Polterheist! After the film, Director Dave Gilbank and another of his co-writers Paul Renhard will be doing a Q&A session. A chance to get some insider info and tips on how it’s possible to make a low-budget film in Yorkshire and then win tons of awards.

Lynne Murphy: The Prodigal Tongue

British and American English may seem similar, but their differences abound. Contentious cultural wars are waged daily, on both sides of the Atlantic. As an American linguist based in Britain, Lynne Murphy brings a wry fish-out-of-water wit and a keen eye to this great divide. Some Americans suffer from a verbal inferiority complex, while on this side of the pond Brits are gripped by a delusional paranoia that their English is under attack. Murphy puts the mythologies of British and American English to the test, sharing surprising revelations about how our language really works.

Lynne Murphy is a professor in linguistics at the University of Sussex. Born and raised in New York state, she studied linguistics at the Universities of Massachusetts and Illinois and worked at universities in Texas and South Africa before moving to England. Married to a Londoner and mother to an eight-year-old who says bahth and zeb-bra, Lynne spends much of her life immersed in British English but visits the US for about a month each year, keeping touch with her changing mother tongue

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.