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.

20 books that rocked the English-language universe

Captain Corelli's mandolinA panel of literary experts has compiled a list of what they think are the top novels released over the last 20 years. It’s being done to  mark the 20th anniversary of the Independent Bath Literature Festival.

The books had to have been deemed to have ‘transformed the literary landscape’ to make the list. Every novel shortlisted for a prize in the past 20 years was included, as well as some the panel believed had been overlooked. Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, recently adapted for TV by BBC Two, was picked out as the overall winner.

Commentator John Walsh, who sat on the panel, said: ‘We think the final top 20 represents the books that most conspicuously rocked the English-language universe in the last 20 years.’

Here they are in date order:

  1. 1995 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Louis de Bernieres)
  2. 1996 Alias Grace (Margaret Atwood)
  3. 1997 American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
  4. 1998 England, England (Julian Barnes) (reordering this)
  5. 1999 Disgrace (JM Coetzee)
  6. 2000 White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
  7. 2001 Atonement (Ian McEwan)
  8. 2002 Any Human Heart (William Boyd)
  9. 2003 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon)
  10. 2004 Small Island (Andrea Levy)
  11. 2005 We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
  12. 2006 The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
  13. 2007 Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
  14. 2008 The Outcast (Sadie Jones)
  15. 2009 The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)
  16. 2010 Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
  17. 2011 A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)
  18. 2012 State of Wonder (Ann Patchett)
  19. 2013 Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
  20. 2014 The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)