Margaret Atwood – Live Screening at Central Library

We are very excited to be able to join up with the British library when Margaret Atwood receives the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize.

On Thursday 13th October we are screening a live broadcast from the British library to see Margaret receive her prize and deliver an address. There will also be a reading of Margaret’s classic book, The Handmaid’s Tale by actress Elizabeth McGovern.

This is a real treat, and not to be missed if, like us, you are a huge Atwood fan. The screening will take place in Room 700 in Central Library from 6.30 – 8.00pm. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. There are a few places left, but you are going to have to be quick! To book a place go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents

To celebrate here are a few of our favourite Atwood classics:-

atwood-hag-seedHag-seed: the Tempest retold

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After 12 years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

atwood-heart-goes-lastThe heart goes last

Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.

atwood-stone-mattressStone mattress: nine tales

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet’s syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly-formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. And a crime committed long-ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion year old stromatalite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle.

atwood-handmaids-taleThe handmaid’s tale

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function – to breed. If she deviates, she will be killed. But even an oppressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

atwood-the-doorThe door

With a wickedly sharp sense of the funny, underpinned by a wordly sagacity, this is a collection of poetry about love, about growing older, about family, and about writing.

atwood-madd-adamMaddAddam

Toby, a survivor of the man-made plague that has swept the Earth, is telling stories. Stories left over from the old world, and stories that will determine a new one. Listening hard is young Blackbeard, one of the innocent Crakers, the species designed to replace humanity. Their reluctant prophet, Jimmy-the-Snowman, is in a coma, so they’ve chosen a new hero – Zeb, the street-smart man Toby loves. As clever Pigoons attack their fragile garden and malevolent Painballers scheme, the small band of survivors will need more than stories.

atwood-oryx-and-crakeOryx and Crake

Pigs might not fly, but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and raccoons. A man, once named Jimmy, now calls himself Snowman and lives in a tree, wrapped in an old bed sheet. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. The green-eyed children of Crake are his responsibility.

Featured Library – Oakwood

Another in my random series about the libraries that we have all around the city. This time I am concentrating on Oakwood library as the Roundhay & Oakwood Festival starts soon and we are delighted that Oakwood Library is hosting a number of events for the festival, which runs from the 23rd October until the 1st November 2015.

Oakwood%20Library%20Exterior%201_jpgFirst off though, a bit about the library. Oakwood is one of our more unusual buildings as it is housed in a  converted end terrace house on Oakwood Lane. This makes it a little bit challenging with the book shelves, but on the bright side we have a fantastic big bay window to display books in as well as a lovely garden to hold summer events. Some of you may have been to our reading challenge event held outside in the summer holidays.  The library has a regular monthly readers group and a weekly storytime on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 2.30pm.

For the festival the first ever Oakwood Library Street Food Festival will be on Saturday 24th October, along with a book signing with Lynn Hill, founder of Clandestine Cake Club; following the success of their first recipe collection the Clandestine Cake Club is back with a second delicious helping of 100 gorgeous recipes to whet your appetite in ‘A Year of Cake’.

skin like silverOn Monday 26th October local author Chris Nickson offers a special, exclusive preview of ‘Skin Like Silver’, the third in his Detective Inspector Tom Harper series set in the Leeds of the 1890s.

death in the dalesThen on Wednesday 28th October we will be joined by another local author Frances Brody, who will speak about ‘A Death in the Dales’ the seventh book in her Kate Shackleton Mysteries series, which is set in 1920s Yorkshire.

On the morning of Friday 30th October we will be joined by Stir Krazy Kids who will be showing us how to make delicious Wonka treats from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’!

 

 

And, if all that wasn’t enough already we will also be celebrating the 65th anniversary of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ on the afternoon of the 30th October with an afternoon of crafty fun – we will be making Narnia snow globes and more!

For further details about these events, and many more please go to the festival website.

Morley Arts Festival: 26th Sep – 31st Oct

Morley_Arts_Logo_MasterLeeds Libraries are delighted to be supporting the Morley Literature Festival again this year. The festival, starting today, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and to celebrate they have a new name and logo. From this year they become the Morley Arts Festival and their logo represents the wealth of literature, music, performance and more that feature as part of the programme this year.

We are hosting several of the events at Morley Library and we would love you to come along. The Edith Cavell Story (Wednesday 7th Oct) is a one woman performance by Julie Ann Cooper to tell the story of the nurse who came to be a matron working in Belgium and finally to her arrest during the First World War.

Morley based poet Susan Darlington will be leading a Poetry Workshop at the library on Saturday 31st October. The workshop will use everyday objects to stimulate a creative response and is suitable for beginners and experienced writers alike.

For further details about these events, and many more please go to the website; www.morleyartsfestival.co.uk or to book tickets, follow this link.

Truly Madly Rugby

RWC2015_HostCity_FC_LeedsJust in case you hadn’t noticed Leeds is a host city for the Rugby World cup. To celebrate we are holding a number of events.

Truly, Madly, Rugby exhibition and displays: Friday 4 September – Saturday 30 October 

In celebration of this global tournament coming to the city, Leeds Central Library will host an exhibition exploring rugby’s history and culture with displays and memorabilia reflecting its local, national and international heritage.

Truly Madly Rugby: Tuesday 22 September, from 6.00pm, Arts Space, Central Library

Join leading rugby historian Professor Tony Collins, photographer John Ashton and author Stuart Sheard for a lively talk as they share their knowledge, insight and passion for the game. Places are limited, so please book your free ticket by going to http://www.leedslibraryevents.ticketsource.co.uk

Family Drop-in: Rugby World Cup Match Day!: Saturday 26 September, 11.00-1.00pm, Central Library

Join us for fun-filled activities with a rugby theme for all the family in the Children’s Library! Take part in crafts, games and make a Lego Rugby World Cup.

Rugby World Cup Panel event at Morley Library: Wednesday 30 September, 7.00pm, Morley Library

An evening of well-informed chat and highly charged debate mixed in with great anecdotes from those with the best stories to tell from the dressing room to the boardroom to celebrate Leeds hosting two games as part of the World Cup this year.

This event is part of Morley Arts Festival, tickets £4, to book visit www.morleyartsfestival.co.uk  for further information.

 

Dying Matters Awareness Week

dying matters logoDeath is not the most pleasant subject to talk about, but yet we all know that it will happen to us eventually. Leeds City Council is pleased to be supporting Dying Matters Awareness week, a week to encourage us all to prepare for the inevitable.

We have a number of leaflets in libraries over the week, to help with the following subjects:- Five Things to do before I die; Putting your house in order; Mythbusting; Organ Donation; My funeral wishes.

Of course you can also borrow a number of titles to help and advise you from our libraries. We currently have some suggestions on the front page of our catalogue.

There are also a number of events happening across the city during the week. Further information on these can be found on the Leeds City Council website.

 

 

Read Regional Author Events

PrintWe are very pleased to be taking part in the Read Regional campaign again this year. Now in its seventh year, Read Regional is a unique campaign run by New Writing North that partners with libraries and publishers to give readers the chance to meet authors in their local libraries. As well as the author events, all of the Read Regional titles are stocked in 19 library authorities across the region, creating a wealth of northern literature available to borrow. To find out more about all the authors featured in this years campaign visit the Read Regional Website.

Last-King-of-Lydia1We are hosting 3 events over the next few weeks. Next Wednesday 29th April Tim Leach will be visiting Chapel Allerton Library to talk about his latest book, The Last King of Lydia. This is the story of Croesus. Croesus was the wealthiest man of the ancient world, whose name is proverbally associated with magnificent riches – ‘rich as Croesus’, as it is sometimes said. Yet the thing that seemed to concern him the most in his life was not wealth or power, but happiness. Come along at 5.45pm to hear why Tim chose Croesus to write about and the research he carried out to do so.

Quick-The-copy1On Monday 11th May at 5.45pm Rothwell Library are hosting an event with Lauren Owen. Lauren will be talking about her debut novel, The Quick. This is a Victorian gothic tale set in Yorkshire. To discover the secrets of ‘The Quick’ you must first travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will in time, enter the rooms of London’s mysterious Aegolius Club – a society of the richest, most powerful men in England. And at some point – we cannot say when – these worlds will collide.

TookeyMissel-childCVR6mmLater in May we will be hosting a Poetry morning at Oakwood Library. This is on the 21st May and starts at 11.00am with a poetry workshop where you can read and discuss a selection of poetry.  Following that Read Regional poet Helen Tookey will read from her latest collection of poems.

Don’t miss our first Library Fest coming soon

 library fest logo This year Leeds will be hosting its very first Library Fest (click for all the details) . During this week libraries across the city will showcase some of their fantastic work and highlight the variety of services, events and activities that are unique to libraries.

Events will include storytelling, film, talks, live music, crafting, heritage tours, gaming and the opportunity to discover somelego man of our rare books and map collections. There really is something for everyone, so bring friends and family with you to experience something new at the library and let us surprise you with all the exciting things Leeds Libraries have to offer.

Events will include storytelling, film, talks, live music, crafting, heritage tours, gaming and the opportunity to discover some of our rare books and map collections. There really is something for everyone, so bring friends and family with you to experience something new at the library. You may be surprised at all the exciting things Leeds Libraries have to offer.

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