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