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Ken Livingstone
A Politics for the Future
How should the left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in the Labour Party, Ken Livingstone serves up an insider’s account of the Party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history.

At a time when many are now looking to revive Labour’s potential, Livingstone has form. His account takes us from the self-proclaimed ‘radical socialism’ of the Greater London Council, to his controversial independent candidacy that saw him branded as ‘dangerous’ by the Blairites, to the political battles against privatisation and pollution that characterised his time as Mayor. At each point, he suggests possible lessons for those who would seek to follow, or improve on, his achievements today.

Having spent years at the head of the GLC, served two terms as London Mayor, and having gone head to head with Boris Johnson, Being Red offers a clear-sighted study of the left’s possibilities and limitations, with reflections on the current state of the Labour Party and a look into its future. Newly published by Pluto Press.
Partnership Event with Left Book Club
Tues 8 March
1.00 for 1.30pm
Leeds University Union :
£8 (£6 students)
Ken Livingstone - Being Red
John Spurling link to John Spurling website
The Ten Thousand Hoops
John Spurling
Novelist, playwright and critic John Spurling’s book The Ten Thousand Things won the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The novel, set in Imperial China, is the story of Wang Meng, one of the fourteenth century’s great painters, and was acclaimed by the chair of the judging panel as “a book which deserves enormous credit”.
In his presentation and reading, which he

titles with a metaphorical reference to croquet, John will talk about the difficulties of writing The Ten Thousand Things and of getting it published.
Thurs 10 March
Headingley Library

Don Jordan link to Don Jordan website
Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II
Don Jordan
It’s 1660 and King Charles II returns to England after fourteen years of exile, determined to enjoy all that power can provide - including a voracious sex life.

The King’s Bed, Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II uniquely tells the story of Charles’s reign
through his private life.

Don Jordan is a writer and filmmaker. Among other awards, he has won two Blue Ribbons at the New York Film and Television Festival. He has worked widely in television current affairs, documentaries, history programmes and drama.
Sat 12 March
New Headingley Club

Tea and cake included
Sophie Hannah link to Sophie Hannah website Helen Cadbury link to Helen Cadbury website
Women of Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Danuta Reah, Helen Cadbury and Alison Taft
Danuta Reah link to Danuta Reah website
Alison Taft link to Alison Taft website
Headingley LitFest is thrilled to welcome crime writers Sophie Hannah, Danuta Reah, Helen Cadbury and Alison Taft to this year’s Women Of Mystery panel.

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 32 languages and 51 territories. Her first novel, Little Face, was published in 2006 and has sold a phenomenal 1,000,000 copies. Her 2008 novel The Point of Rescue was produced for ITV as the two-part drama Case Sensitive which was shown in May 2011. It starred Olivia Williams in the lead role of DS Charlie Zailer and Darren Boyd as DC Simon Waterhouse. Its first showing had 5.4 million viewers. A second two-part story based on The Other Half Lives was shown on 12 and 13 July 2012. ‘Hannah – like Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell before her – is an expert at exploring the delicate line between the ordinary and the monstrous. A Game for All the Family is the product of an author with an extraordinary imagination, working at the height of her powers.’ Independent Sophie is also a poet and published her first poetry book, The Hero and the Girl Next Door, at the age of 24. Her poems are now studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. She also writes for children.

Helen Cadbury is a crime writer whose new novel, Bones in the Nest, second in the Sean Denton series, is out now. Her debut, To Catch a Rabbit, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award 2012. First published by Moth Publishing, it was re-released in a new edition by Allison and Busby. Helen Cadbury was chosen as an Amazon Rising Star, best debuts of January 2015. In October 2015, To Catch a Rabbit was selected in the Yorkshire Post’s top twelve books that best define Yorkshire, written since the millennium.

Danuta Reah, who also writes under the name Carla Banks, is the author of seven crime novels, a novella, and many short stories. In 2005 Danuta won the CWA Short Story Dagger for No Flies on Frank. Her story Glazed, in Getting Even was shortlisted for the 2008 CWA Short Story Award. She publishes academic books, valued as resources for the study of language, covering topics as diverse as how the press creates monsters and how to address a thousand year old vengeance demon. She also offers courses in Creative Writing and is past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Alison Taft (Our Father Who Art Out There Somewhere, Shallow Be Thy Grave, My Time Has Come) is currently the LitFest’s Writer in Residence, well-known and valued as a creative writing tutor. Born and raised in Burnley, Alison dreamed of becoming a writer ever since reading Harriet the Spy by torchlight under the bedcovers, aged eight. After completing a degree, Alison 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.
New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road
Sat 19 March
7.30pm for 8pm
Ian Clayton
8 March

Headingley Library

A Song For My Father
What happens when you only know your dad when you’re a young boy and then, one day, when you are middle-aged, he phones to say he’d like to see you again before he dies?

In the space of one year, Ian Clayton makes a voyage around China, America and his father to ponder the familiar questions: Is blood thicker than water? Does it matter who teaches us so long as we learn? How do we let go of something that we never really had in the first place?

With characteristic storytelling, wit and good humour, Ian Clayton reflects on a lifelong search for a father figure, skipping across the generations to weave a tale of how we relate, what we do with what we’ve got and what happens when some things just don’t work out the way we want them to.

Ian Clayton has written on subjects as varied as the environment, homelessness, jazz and rugby league. His stories are about making sense of where we come from.
Ian Clayton
Partnership Event with Leeds Libraries
Tony Collins link to Tony Collins website
The Oval World
Partnership event with Leeds Rhinos Rugby Foundation
Tony Collins
Wed 9 March
a global history of rugby
Tony Collins will be reading from his new book The Oval
World: a global history of rugby and talking about why Leeds is one of the most important cities in the story of rugby. Illustrated with films of historic matches, Tony will explain how rugby became a vital part of the social history of the north of England.

Tony Collins is Professor of History and former Director of the International Centre for
Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University.
Headingley Stadium,

Gerry Kennedy
New Headingley Club

Sun 20 March
The Booles and the Hintons
Gerry Kennedy
a biographical quest
Ever wondered where Boolean logic came from?
In 2000 at a relative’s funeral, Gerry Kennedy discovered that he was linked to an illustrious chain of English and American 19th century radicals who had played significant roles in shaping the history of the last two centuries. Their work included the very foundation of the digital world, the
fourth dimension, a revolutionary bestselling novel, the building of the atomic bomb, botanical discoveries in Mexico and radical participation in China from 1948 through to the Cultural Revolution.

An account of that personal journey and the story of his ancestors are intertwined in his intriguing and fascinating new book
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