Friday 10 February
A Cartoon History of Here
Ian McMillan and Tony Husband
Comedy, cartoonery, poetry and improv!
Created by tonight’s audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband.
‘Bloody Hell, the man’s a genius!’ Yorkshire Post
‘Tony Husband is even funnier than me.’ Griff Rhys Jones
7.00pm HEART Centre, Bennett Road
and Ian McMillan
in partnership with HEART
A fastflowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. For audiences, 9 to 109. @IMcMillan
Wednesday 8 March
Schwa: I Am Alive (I Guess)
Poetry and music about the short walk from light to the edge of darkness - and back.
Schwa is Peter Spafford on piano/vocals and Richard Ormrod on at least nine instruments, joined by singer Jacqui Wicks. Here they set to music poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, and Edna St.Vincent Millais, besprinkled with original text by Peter Spafford.
Schwa’s ‘Threshold’ was premiered at Headingley Litfest in 2015 and is touring this spring for the second time, funded by The Arts Council.
7.30pm HEART Centre, Bennett Road
Richard Ormrod and
‘Vivid lyricism and authentic vocals blended with fantastic eclectic arrangements.’
Saturday 11 March
Trio Literati: The Exceedingly Good Writings of Mr Kipling
7.30pm Headingley Parish Hall (St Michael's Church Hall)
St Michael's Road LEEDS LS6 3AW
A sparkling words-and-music entertainment on the works of
As a highly successful journalist Kipling travelled widely
across a world on the brink of change. He wrote compulsively all his life: ‘my pen took charge and I, greatly admiring, watched it write for me far into the nights.’ Well-loved stories and poems such as The Jungle Book, The Man Who Would Be King and On the Road to Mandalay are a mere fraction of his output - his war reports, playlets and science fiction - now virtually forgotten - are just as colourful.
Prepare to be surprised!
Musical duo Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Jonathan Drummond (piano) add to
the heady mix with settings of Kipling’s own poems and popular songs
from the Empire and beyond.
Maggie Mash, Jane Oakshott and Richard Rastall gave their first performance as Trio Literati in November 2003. Set up to do simple poetry readings, the group quickly started on the enchanting and slippery slope of hats and sound effects.
They now offer a wide range of performance options, from pure poetry to fullscale dramatic works, often commissioned and scripted to fit a special occasion or place. As performers, their backgrounds are varied - television, theatre, music - but they share a passion for words and a taste for comedy. Producing many very different shows since 2003, they have gained a reputation for energy, wit and style.
Change of venue
Friday 24 March
Mark Connors at The Chemic
Partnership event with Word Club
Open mic slots will be available.
Mark Connors is a widely published poet who won the Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic Competition in both 2014 and 2015. His debut pamphlet, Life is a Long Song (OWF Press, 2015) and debut novel, Stickleback (Armley Press, 2016) are both now in their second editions.
Mark runs Word Club and performs and comperes regularly at literature festivals.
Join Mark Connors and friends for a Word Club Special at The Chemic Tavern. Mark will be launching his first full length poetry collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken, published by Stairwell Books.
7.30pm The Chemic Tavern,
9 Johnston St, Leeds LS6 2NG
Saturday 18 March
Yorkshire Anthology Launch
Anna Chilvers: Tainted Love and East Coast Story
Poetry Book launch
Valley Press launch their long-awaited Yorkshire Anthology, for which poets around the world were asked to write on any subject or topic, while keeping some connection with the county of Yorkshire, perhaps creating the most eclectic book about Yorkshire ever pieced together.
There will be readings from contributors and discussion with the editors, including Jamie McGarry.
Tainted Love and East Coast Story by Anna Chilvers
Anna will be talking about her latest novel Tainted Love and about her work in progress East Coast Story.
Tainted Love (published by Bluemoose Books) is a modern gothic tale of how
old stories can unravel people’s lives. Secrets and stones have settled in Hawden
where everything stays as it is; the past is hidden, or rewritten. Lauren lives with her
dad and Mr Lion after her mother left her when she was three months old. Her
boyfriend Peter is struggling with his identity. When Meg and her son
Richard arrive, both dangerously attractive, and Ali too, angry and on the run from
drug dealers, old stories resurface, creating new tensions. After seventeen years Lauren’s mother comes back into her life and nothing is quite what it seems any more but love however tainted can sometimes heal.
East Coast Story: novel in progress In 657AD St. Etheldreda, a princess of Anglia and Queen of Northumbria, fled from St Abbs in Scotland to Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, a journey of around five hundred miles.
In 2015, funded by the Arts Council, Anna followed in her footsteps and walked the same distance in five stages, as inspirational research for her novel.
Anna is a writer, a poet, a runner, a long distance walker, a mother, a teacher and a reader. Her first novel, Falling Through Clouds, was published by Bluemoose in 2010. She has also published a collection of short stories, Legging It (Pennine Prospects, 2012) and her play, The Room was performed in the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2013. She lives in Hebden Bridge with her family and her dog, Bet, and two cats. www.annachilvers.co.uk
7.30pm New Headingley Club, St Michael’s Road
Friday 17 March
Do you still love to tread the boards? Love open mic events? If you are under thirty, or okay if you look under thirty, this is your
chance to perform. It could be poetry, or song, or stand-up comedy, in a group or on your own. If you think you’ve got it, then flaunt it!
At the last LitFest, there was an astonishing range of acts for this wildly popular event.
There’s no age limit for the audience.
Get in touch now to make sure you are on the list if you want to perform.
with all the details.
7.30pm Heart Centre
Under 18s free, adults £5
Tuesday 21 March
Partnership event with local creative writing groups
Sponsored by Workers Education Association
11.00am HEART Centre,
Free - donations invited for refreshments
Once again we are delighted to welcome two local groups of creative writers - from Headingley and from the Osmondthorpe Hub - to take the plunge and share their work with us.
Dark tales? Wry poems? A drama? Short stories with a twist? Or just an entertaining excerpt from life writing? An eclectic selection of pieces to fascinate, amuse or arouse your curiosity.