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; or to book tickets, follow this link.

Love Reading! Morley Town Hall, 5 October

The 2014 Morley Literaure Festival ProgrammeDon’t miss Morley Literature Festival’s first-ever Love Reading!

The event is the chance to enjoy an afternoon listening to a range of talented writers in an informal setting.

Sunday, 5th Oct , 13:30 – 16:30 at Where Morley Town Hall Price £6.00 / £7.00 on the door. Price includes refreshments and a free raffle ticket, booking details here.

Our programme features:

Cara Brennan – poet and author of ‘Damaged Dresses’. Cara was featured by Read Regional earlier this year ( and is a graduate of the Writing Squad. “Brennan is clearly a young writer who is capable of creating a world which is distinctly her own”, Sabotage Reviews

Susanna Meese, acclaimed traditional storyteller, short listed for the BASE (British Award for Storytelling Excellence) Award 2013. “Made me very excited to go and get storytelling” Yorkshire and the Humber Youth Libraries Group day school, May 2014

Crime writer Bea Davenport, who will be discussing her latest novel ‘This Little Piggy’. “In Too Deep’ is a thrilling crime novel, so suspenseful that…it’ll have you poring over its contents until 3am…” – Laura Steven, Living North Magazine

Deborah Swift, author of historical fiction, including ‘A Divided Inheritance’ who gets tons of 5* ratings from Leeds readers. ‘Another superbly researched and detailed novel by Swift. Filled with suspense, accuracy, real-to-life settings and characters, A Divided Inheritance will satisfy even the most discerning of history buffs.’ The Examiner

Morley Literature FestivalThe event also includes a book swap (bring an old favourite and exchange it for something completely different) a raffle and a literary quiz. Waterstones Leeds will be on hand with books for sale and signing by our guest authors.

Two great author events

alexWe’re really lucky to have two great author events coming up this and next Wednesday in libraries. Gavin Extence, author of ‘The Universe versus Alex Woods’ and Alison Taft, author of ‘Shallow be thy Grave’ and ‘Our father who art out there –somewhere’ and more will be at Central Library and Headingley Library, as part of the Headingley LitFest, respectively.

Gavin will be at the Central Library on Wednesday 12th March at 6.30pm (till 7.30pm). Event is free but ring to book

Alison will be at Headingley Library for ‘Lily Appleyard in Paris’ on 19th March at 7pm. It’s £4, to book

Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in Lincolnshire. As a youngster, he was a keen chess player, winning several national titles. He began writing his first novel after he had completed his PhD in Film Studies and was unable to find employment. The Universe Versus Alex Woods which is rated 5 stars by 6 readers, tracks wilful teenager Alex, who has a fascination with science and astronomy came about after he was put into a coma by a falling meteorite. When he breaks a window in next door’s greenhouse, his mother insists that he offers to help out his elderly neighbour. A remarkable friendship develops the youngster and the reclusive Mr Peterson, Vietnam veteran, amputee, dope smoker and dedicated fan of Kurt Vonnegut. The novel won Waterstones 11 literary prize for his first book

 taft Alison Taft was born and raised in Burnley and dreamed of becoming a writer ever since reading Harriet the Spy by torchlight under the bedcovers, aged eight. After completing a degree, she lived in Crete and spent time in the Middle and Far East. In the mid-nineties she was a keen supporter of the free party network. She has worked in a variety of jobs but after being sacked once too often for gross insubordination, Alison decided to heed the words of one employer who described her as ‘unmanageable’, and became a full time writer.

Alison now lives in Leeds with her partner and two children. She spends her evenings at the computer, sipping mint tea and plotting her revenge.

‘Shallow be thy Grave’  Half-sisters Lily and Fiona haven’t had the easiest of relationships – hardly surprising when they discovered each other’s existence only a year ago. But when Fiona disappears, and it’s all Lily’s fault, Lily knows she has no choice but to fly to Paris and track the wayward seventeen-year old down. Accompanied by her best friend Jo, Lily soon uncovers her sister’s secret life in the French capital. What does Fiona’s employer, the suave M. Beaumont, know about her disappearance? Who is the mysterious Bridget, and why is the Shadow Minister for Justice involved? As communism collapses around them, Lily learns disturbing truths about sibling rivalry, the international sex trade and the dark side of herself. Is Lily too late to save her sister and restore her fantasy of what a happy family should look like? Time is running out.