Headingley Literature Festival now on

LitFest-logo-2013-webHeadingley Literature Festival is now in full swing. The progamme features some exciting author events. The theme this year is ‘Lives and Loves  with a great array of events.   Roger McGough will come ‘as far as he knows’ on 21 March. Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too.

Alao featuring are Kay Mellor the Leeds born and bred writer, director and actress,  Blake Morrison pondering fiction or life writing and one of Britain’s leading biographical authors, and Hilary Spurling, talking about her acclaimed book (recently on Radio 4) on Nobel Prize winning author Pearl Buck and her life and love of China.

The Woodhouse New Woman drawing on Rebel girls  — –Headingley Library has historian and suffrage detective Jill Liddington on Monday 18th March 6pm at Headingley Library, tickets £4  Jill is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Leeds and will tell the compelling tale of long forgotten women and their struggle for the vote. She tracks suffragettes and suffragists across Edwardian Yorkshire, from the terraced streets of Woodhouse to the leafy suburbs of Adel and Harrogate. Drawing upon brand new evidence, she captures their passionate campaigning, giving long-overdue recognition to their political achievement Her book ‘Rebel Girls’ was shortlisted for the Portico Book Prize in 2008.

The Woodhouse New Woman Scenes from the life of Mary Gawthorpe devised by June Diamond and David Robertson with members of Theatre of the Dales. Growing up among the mills and tanneries of Woodhouse, this witty and diminutive girl became one of the unsung heroines of the Suffragette movement. Based upon on Jill Liddington’s book this short piece deals with key moments in her corageous yet little known career.