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,

Hearty Words – Knitted Bookmarks

In October we are asking you to tell us what book nourishes your soul, makes your heart sing or takes you to another place. The lovely people at Knit a Bear Face are helping us by putting their funky knitted bookmarks into the books that are special to them. Look out for the bookmarks in books at Central Library. If you find one, you can either keep it or pass it on by putting it into a book that means something to you.

Remember you can also tell us your comfort books on twitter using #heartywords or by writing on one of the postcards in our libraries.