I’m on the organising committee for the Big Bookend this year, and am proud to be able to share the programme for the week of the festival.
The festival officially opens on the 4 June, at the Carridgeworks, with a performance of Drink With a Chimp from Leeds theatre company Common Chorus. There will also be a wee party with entertainment from singer/songwriter and all round good egg Lisa Marie Glover. Tickets are £6 and can be ordered through the Leeds.Gov website.
The festival is a varied programme that focuses on supporting and promoting Yorkshire writers, readers, and idea makers. From the Wakefield Black Horse Poets, the fabulous Chris Nickson, and other Leeds authors (including Frances Brody, who also writes as Frances McNeil, whose book Somewhere Behind the Morning I just LOVE) there is a LOT to this festival, and if you love localism you will love this. It is also incredible value for money, being a small festival that keeps things local we are proud to be able to offer a range of events at minimal cost for people to be able to learn about writing, their city, and expand their minds a bit.
I hope you can join us at The Bookend, the full programme can be found on the festival’s website.
Volunteers from The Bookend also were on hand last week handing out World Book Night books to students at Park Lane Campus, Leeds City College. Here is myself, with wonder women festival coordinator Fiona Gell, and one of the festival’s poetry coordinators Rebecca Leeming. The photo was taken by Steve Evans and is shared with permission.