In celebration of the fantastic Rugby League World Cup tournament , Leeds Library and Information Service, in partnership with Leeds Rugby Foundation Heritage Project, are hosting a free exhibition at the Central Library dedicated to the rich history of the rugby league world cup. Visitors can explore the fascinating history of the rugby league world cup through displays, memorabilia, nostalgic video clips, events, talks and interactive activities throughout the whole of September. Not only that, there has been a series of events with two at Central Library this week: David Hinchliffe talks about his recent book ‘They walked on Water’ on the infamous 1968 Watersplash Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Wakefield Trinity on Friday 27th Sept at the 1-2.30pm or catch Mick Martin on Tuesday 24th September 6.30-8pm as he discusses the history of Rugby League, the writing of the play ‘Broken Time’ and the historical events surrounding the piece with cast members performing extracts from it.
To further celebrate the Rugby League World Cup, there’s a list of recommended reads from Phil Caplan, expert and author of around 30 books on rugby league, Leeds Rugby Foundation trustee, Co-director of Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd, and the Rugby League monthly magazine Forty-20!
- At the George by Geoffrey Moorhouse: A wonderful series of diverse essays by one of the leading travel writers, detailing his passion for the sport
- To Jerusalem and Back by Simon Kelner: Spirited defence of the way rugby league used to be and the part it played in his growing up
- The Forbidden Game by Mike Rylance: The untold story of how vibrant French rugby league was betrayed by the Vichy government
- Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain by Tony Collins: A comprehensive social and cultural history using previously unexplored archive sources
- Blood, Mud and Glory by Neil Hanson: A magnificent insight into the great Wigan team of the early 90’s with unprecedented dressing room access to the characters in it
- Born on the Wrong Side by Cec Thompson: One of the most uplifting and inspiring autobiographies ever written by a true hero of the game
- XIII Winters by Dave Hadfield: Thirteen chapters from a range or writers that encapsulate their love of the sport via the team they follow during a particular season
- When push comes to shove by Yorkshire Arts Circus: Wonderful oral history backed up some superb, redolent imagery
- League’s a lot like life by Wayne Bennett: The super coach outlines his philosophies and examines what it takes to become a winner
- Simply the Best by Adrian McGregor: The definitive account of one of the best ever touring sides, the 1990 Kangaroos
- Super League The Inside Story by Mike Colman