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.

Writers bring fiction to life with #TwitterFictionFestival.

Twitter Fiction Festival 2012Amateur writers can submit their ideas from 2nd March to become featured in the author showcase of the third #TwitterFiction festival which takes place from 11th to 15th May — 25 spots are available. Anyone can also join in by creating fiction on the spot Fiction Festivalusing the hashtag #TwitterFiction.

The festival invites authors to create original fiction using the Twitter platform –  to “embrace, explore and develop the art of storytelling on Twitter”, with fiction that uses Twitter functionality creatively strongly encouraged.

Famous authors participating include Jackie Collins, Margaret Atwood and Jojo Moyes as well as Lauren Beukes, Chuck Wendig, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, and Anna Todd.

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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David Nobbs comes to Love Arts Festival

image-medium (10)Love Arts Festival is delighted to host an evening with writer David Nobbs as part of his 2013 tour. You can enjoy an evening with David, who can take the subject of mental health and make us laugh, see how to book below.

In the 1970s David Nobbs created the ultimate comedy about a man having a nervous breakdown, ‘The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’. Reggie appeared in several TV series and books and after a while audiences began to suspect that he was the only sane man in a mad world.  In ‘An Audience with David Nobbs’ the man behind Reggie Perrin looks back on 50 years as a comedy writer. His first writing job was on ‘That Was the Week That Was’ and he worked with all with comedy greats: Frankie Howerd, Ken Dodd, Dick Emery, Kenneth Williams, Jimmy Tarbuck and The Two Ronnies. With another half dozen successful TV series behind him, plus many more books and plays, David Nobbs takes to the stage for the first time himself to tell the funny stories behind a lifetime of comedy writing.

Tickets (£10/9) can be booked online or you can reserve a ticket by phone 0113 305 5900 (please note if you reserve by phone you will have to pay on the night) Bar and refreshments are available

Love Arts is England’s biggest celebration of creativity and mental well-being the festival offers music, theatre, exhibitions, comedy, literature, dance, cinema and more. Each event has a connection with mental health, often created by artists with personal experience of the issues. This year’s theme is sharing stories – it helps to talk about mental health.

If you haven’t read any of his work, we have copies in stock to enjoy, including his latest book the Fall and Rise of Gordon Coppinger

Synopsis: ”When revelations about the scandalous relationships and less than honest business practices of Sir Gordon Coppinger – infamous financier and devotee of excess – are made public, the glamorous facade of his London life begins to crumble and those around him fear the worst. But, much to Sir Gordon’s surprise, all he can feel is relief’

Love Arts Festival

Lovearts Festival Logo croppedThe Love Arts festival is back and in it’s third year. The festival is organised by the Leeds And York NHS Trust and it’s aim is to get people thinking and talking about mental health and to reduce the related stigma.

The festival starts on Tuesday with a launch event at The Light Shopping Centre, The Headrow, Leeds. Go along to get your hands on the festival brochure and find an event that appeals to you. There is so much choice there will be something that floats your boat whether that be an art exhibition, a comedy performance, a music event or a trip to the theatre.

Leeds Libraries are very pleased to be supporting the festival again this year and we are hosting several events for the festival in our libraries. Central Library will be the home of a brand new exhibition capturing the unheard voices of the people who used, visited and worked in the now closed psychiatric asylum, High Royds. Come along to the launch event on the 7th October to hear live stories from people telling their stories of mental health and how mental health treatment has moved on since the doors closed.

Cul-de-sac Theatre will also be presenting their award winning production, ‘Telling Lives’ at Central Library on Monday 14th October. This was devised using stories and photographs of patients in the great asylums of northern Britain, including High Royds, Prestwich and Lancaster Moor. The play is set on the eve of the First World War and poses questions as to who is mad, who is sane, who’s the healer and who the victim?

We did, of course have to host a literature event at one of our libraries and we are very pleased to be welcoming Sai Murray and Desiree Reynolds to Chapel Allerton Library on Wed 9th October. Sai will be introducing us to his debut poetry collection, Ad-Liberation and perfoming pieces from it. Desiree will read extracts from her novel ‘Seduce’.

The festival looks like it is going to be fabulous and to make sure you don’t miss out on anything have a look at the festival website, http://www.loveartsleeds.co.uk

Alfie Crow and Glasto Code

image-mediumNorthern Crime Award winning author  Alfie Crow whose novelRant’ is rated 5 star by our readers, is writing a novella about Glastonbury with resident Glastonbury poet Kate Fox (who is also his wife) Copies of the novella, to be called ‘Glasto Code’, will be offerred as a souvenir to festival goers. The story will be a spoof of the Da Vinci Code and feature a race to track down treasure buried beneath the Pyramid Stage.

If you’re not off to Glastonbury and you’d like to try Rant in the meantime, it’s the story of Mike Rant, an out of work actor and accidental bank robber cum international hit man – though less Jack Bauer and more Jack Duckworth.​

Another novelist who has dipped his toe into writing about Glastonbury is David Belbin – Festival: The Glastonbury novel. We haven’t got that one but a lot of his other novels are highly rated by readers such as Bone and Cane

For something completely different – and you’re the Mo Farah of long distance reading if you get through it – is The Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 celebrates 30 years

2013 Edinburgh International Book FestivalWould you like to go to the largest celebration of the written word in the world?

Edinburgh’s international book festival takes place on 10th – 26th August, with  over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet brought together in 700 events to rub shoulders with the audience. This year’s programme has been announced and tickets go on sale on 28th June. It sounds great. 

So many highlights to choose from, here’s a flavour

Margaret Atwood launching her new novel  MaddAddam, the Man. The Booker Prize-winning author highlights why there is no such thing as genre, showing why the best fiction breaks literary boundaries, plays with the rules and draws on a range of influences from history and contemporary culture.

Gavin Esler: The Collapse of Trust. A leading voice in British journalism, Gavin Esler presents a series of events looking at our loss of faith in institutions that have previously upheld society’s values. From the devalued British intelligence network to the discredited financial sector, Esler presents conversations that ask why so many old certainties have withered away.

Stripped is a key part of this year’s Book Festival programme, celebrating comics, graphic novels and the people who create them.Over four intense days in Charlotte Square Gardens, more than 40 events lay bare the incredible scope of comics and graphic novels being produced today. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the writers and artists behind this surprising, witty and insightful literary form.

Neil Gaiman: Reshaping Modern Fantasy. In a series of four unique conversations – with a psychologist, a theatre director, an artist and a novelist – Neil Gaiman explores the reshaping of the modern fantasy story and how readers’ perceptions of the modern writer have changed. Each event looks at a different aspect of the artist, from the memory and imagination of childhood to why making ‘good art’ involves the breaking of rules.

Kate Mosse: Women in the 21st Century. The bestselling author and founder of the Orange Prize (now re-named the Women’s Fiction Prize) presents a series of discussions re-evaluating the role of women in the world today. Why does society, business, even literature, remain obstinately resistant to an equal voice for women? Kate Mosse explores the issues in discussions with fellow authors.