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Tales From The Leeds Library

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The Leeds Library’s podcast series in which we talk to members of our extended community about their lives, their work, and their relationship to books, libraries, literature and heritage.

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Tales From The Leeds Library S2E11 Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6
May 25 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E11 Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6
This week's episode of Tales from The Leeds Library features a conversation with Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6. We talk to Jed about libraries, but not as we know them: instead of lending books Buy Nowt LS6 lends things. We also discuss sustainability and the ethos behind the Library of Things movement, some of the weirder objects available for borrowing, and what our relationship to stuff says about us.  Find out more or become a member of The Library of Things here.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E11 Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6
May 25 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E11 Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6
This week's episode of Tales from The Leeds Library features a conversation with Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6. We talk to Jed about libraries, but not as we know them: instead of lending books Buy Nowt LS6 lends things. We also discuss sustainability and the ethos behind the Library of Things movement, some of the weirder objects available for borrowing, and what our relationship to stuff says about us.  Find out more or become a member of The Library of Things here.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E10 Yvonne Battle-Felton, author
May 18 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E10 Yvonne Battle-Felton, author
This week we talk to author Yvonne Battle-Felton about growing up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, completing a PhD while raising three children, the differences between writing for children and writing for adults and what you can learn about writing in universities vs the school of life. We also talk in depth about her Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel Remembered, delving into Yvonne's writing process and the inspiration behind the novel.    On the 28th of May 2022 Yvonne will be teaching Speaking to the Shelves, an online writing workshop at The Leeds Library. More info and tickets can be found here:    Find out more about Yvonne on her website here: Remembered here:   Listen to Write Your Novel with Yvonne Battle Felton here:     The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here:     Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms:  Spotify:   Amazon Music:   Google  Podcasts: oZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA  Apple Podcasts:   Podcast Website:   Social Media Links  Twitter:   Facebook:   Instagram:   Website:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E9 Librarian Ann Sproat and Archivist Errin Hussey from the Henry Moore Institute
May 11 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E9 Librarian Ann Sproat and Archivist Errin Hussey from the Henry Moore Institute
In today’s episode, we talk to Librarian Ann Sproat and Archivist Errin Hussey from the Henry Moore Institute. We discuss art archives in the digital age, how libraries and archives acquire new material, what does and doesn't count as sculpture and the difficulties of deciding how to order an archive.  Henry Moore Institute: Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E8 Anna the Assistant Librarian and Niimi, the Archives Assistant
May 4 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E8 Anna the Assistant Librarian and Niimi, the Archives Assistant
In today's episode, we talk to Niimi, the Archives Assistant and Anna, the Assistant Librarian, about The Leeds Library's archive. Anna has been working for the library for over 20 years and has a strong understanding of the archive, while Niimi has only been with us for a few months. Together we discuss the reasons we have an archive in the first place and what can be found in the libraries extensive collection. Niimi's email for Archive Inquiries: day-goughn@theleedslibrary.org.uk The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E7 Lisa di Tommaso, Librarian at The Morrab Library
Apr 20 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E7 Lisa di Tommaso, Librarian at The Morrab Library
Lisa from fellow independent library The Morrab talks to us about a career in libraries, the trials and tribulations of independent library life and keeping the Morrab running over lockdown. We discuss the Morrab's extensive Cornish collection; 3,000 books printed in the 16th-18th centuries; manuscripts relating to various local families; long runs of periodicals and local newspapers; prints, engravings and a Cornwall photographic archive as well as the library's contemporary projects and events program.  More about the Morrab library here The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E6 Cheryl from The Little Bookshop
Apr 13 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E6 Cheryl from The Little Bookshop
This week we talk to Cheryl who runs The Little Bookshop in Chapel Allerton about what makes us fall in love with reading, what inspires young readers, and why it is important to focus on building diverse and inclusive collections for children and young adults. We also talk about the day to day logistics of running a bookshop and the joys and hardships of the bookselling world. The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E5 Feat. collections librarian at Leeds Arts University, Aoife Larkin
Apr 6 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E5 Feat. collections librarian at Leeds Arts University, Aoife Larkin
We talk to Aoife Larkin about artist books and books as artefacts, Leeds Arts University's special collections and some of the more unusual volumes it holds, and issues of conservation in historic collections. Aoife worked for a long time at fellow independent library The Portico in Manchester, and we discuss her work there as well as some of the issues around managing historic collections and engaging people in what they have to offer.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E4 Feat. poet and The Leeds Library marketing and communications officer, Ian Harker
Mar 30 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E4 Feat. poet and The Leeds Library marketing and communications officer, Ian Harker
This week we talk to poet and new staff member at The Leeds Library Ian Harker. Ian joined the Library as the Marketing and Communications Officer a month ago, and we discuss the exciting projects that will be taking place in the Library over the next few months. We also talk about Ian’s background in writing and the Leeds poetry and literature scene, as well as discussing his Saboteur award nominated magazine Strix.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E3 Feat. writer, broadcaster and musician Peter Spafford
Mar 23 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E3 Feat. writer, broadcaster and musician Peter Spafford
In this episode, we have a conversation with Peter Spafford, a musician, author, broadcaster and writer organiser. We talk to Peter about his role at Chapel FM as the director of words. We also discuss the work Peter has done in poetry, tv and radio plays to see what inspired Peter to be a creative that has experience in so many mediums. The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E2 Feat. poet theologian Hannah Stone
Mar 16 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E2 Feat. poet theologian Hannah Stone
In this episode, we have a conversation with Hannah Stone, a theologian and poet. We talk with Hannah about her experience with poetry and making her extensive collection of works. As well as her experiences getting published and how she leads a community of like-minded individuals at the Leeds library in her Friday lunch club: Nowt but Verse. The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E1 Feat. Professor in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities and Director of the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University, Susan Watkins
Mar 9 2022
Tales From The Leeds Library S2E1 Feat. Professor in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities and Director of the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University, Susan Watkins
Welcome back to Tales from The Leeds Library! Kicking off our second season is a fascinating conversation with Susan Watkins. We talk about her work on contemporary women's post-apocalyptic fiction and what post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction can tell us about our current world. We also discuss the posthuman, women and aging and why, when we so often feel like we are living in the 'end times', do we turn to post-apocalyptic fiction for answers. The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E12 Feat. Director of Heritage Corner and the Leeds Black History Walk Joe Williams
Nov 17 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E12 Feat. Director of Heritage Corner and the Leeds Black History Walk Joe Williams
For the final episode of season one of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to actor/writer and director of Heritage Corner and Leeds Black History Walk Joe Williams. We talk about Joe’s life and work, black history in Leeds, and the importance of engaging with local history through creativity and the arts. Heritage Corner Leeds: Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E11 Feat. author Frances Brody
Nov 10 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E11 Feat. author Frances Brody
In this episode, we have a conversation with the author of the only novel ever set in The Leeds Library. We talk with Frances Brody, author of the gripping Kate Shackleton series of detective fiction, about her life in libraries both here on Leeds and across the UK and the US. Frances’s website: Frances on Twitter @FrancesBrody Buy the Kate Shackleton Series here: Opening and Ending is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: Amazon Music: Podcasts: Apple Podcasts: Podcast Website: Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E10 Feat. Assistant Librarian at The Leeds Library Anna Goodridge
Nov 3 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E10 Feat. Assistant Librarian at The Leeds Library Anna Goodridge
Like all good historic buildings, The Leeds Library has a ghost. In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we discuss the haunting of the library with our resident paranormal expert and assistant librarian Anna Goodridge.  Anna’s ASSAP talk on the ghost: Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E9 Feat. author Chris Nickson
Oct 27 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E9 Feat. author Chris Nickson
In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to author Chris Nickson about his life as a music journalist in America, the changing face of Leeds over the years, and the importance of historical research and veracity in his own historical fiction. We also discuss Chris’s latest book in his DI Inspector Tom Harper series: Brass Lives. Chris’s website: Brass Lives here: Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E8 Feat. Professor in English and Director of Research for the School of Cultural Humanities at Leeds Beckett University, Ruth Robbins
Oct 20 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E8 Feat. Professor in English and Director of Research for the School of Cultural Humanities at Leeds Beckett University, Ruth Robbins
In this week’s episode of Tales from the Leeds Library we talk to Ruth Robbins – professor in English and Director of Research for the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. We talk to her about her research specialisms in the late Victorian era and the work she has done on The Leeds Library’s own Victorian fiction collection. We also discuss her interest in biography, subjectivity and talk in detail about her book Literary Feminisms - which traces the history of the intersection between feminist theory and literary criticism. Buy Literary Feminisms: Opening and Ending is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: Amazon Music: Podcasts: Apple Podcasts: Podcast Website: Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E7 Feat. local historian, photographer, Leeds Echoes host, Shaun Page
Oct 13 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E7 Feat. local historian, photographer, Leeds Echoes host, Shaun Page
This week’s Tales from The Leeds Library episode features a conversation with Shaun Page, a local historian photographer, and host of the Leeds Echoes podcast. Shaun talked to us about the importance of local history, the use of new technologies in arts, culture and heritage, and the joys of living in Burley. Shaun’s Website: Leeds Echoes Podcast: Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify:  Music:  Podcasts:  Podcasts:  Website:  Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E6 Feat. bookbinder Brian Cole
Oct 6 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E6 Feat. bookbinder Brian Cole
Brian Cole has worked extensively with The Leeds Library’s collection as a conservator and bookbinder. In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we discuss the history of bookbinding, and the shape of the trade in the UK today. We discuss his book Aspire to the Beautiful and Brian also takes us through some of the different bookbinding techniques he has used to conserve some of The Leeds Libraries own collection. Copies of Aspire to the Beautiful cost £12.99 + £2 p&p and can be bought directly from Brian. Email him at: bcole11@hotmail.com or pick up a copy in person at The Leeds Library. Read Brian’s article on New York libraries in our newsletter Speaks Volumes: Opening and Ending is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: Amazon Music: Podcasts: Apple Podcasts: Podcast Website: Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E5 Feat. author, poet and Reader in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Beckett University, Emily Zobel Marshall
Sep 29 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E5 Feat. author, poet and Reader in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Beckett University, Emily Zobel Marshall
The latest episode of Tales from The Leeds Library features Dr Emily Zobel Marshall - Author, poet and Reader in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about Emily's work with Carnival, her work with the charity Remember Oluwale and their planned memorial sculpture garden featuring work by artist Yinka Shonibare. We also talk in depth about Emily’s most recent book American Trickster: trauma, tradition and Brer Rabbit – a fascinating study of the cultural journey of Brer Rabbit from its contested origins in African folklore to an internationally recognisable trickster figure. Buy ‘American Trickster: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit’ here:   Find out more about Remember Oluwale:                                                                                                                     Find Emily on Twitter: @EmilyZMarshall   The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: Amazon Music: Podcasts: Apple Podcasts: Podcast Website: Media Links Twitter:
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E4 Feat. Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library, Louisa Yates
Sep 22 2021
Tales From The Leeds Library S1E4 Feat. Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library, Louisa Yates
In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library and visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester. We talk about the collection and her work at Gladstone’s Library, the importance of preserving independent libraries and their future – particularly how digital technology is helping to shape it. We also discuss the upcoming ILA (Independent Libraries Association) AGM which will take place here at The Leeds Library. Find Louisa on Twitter: @louisayates Gladstone’s Library: Opening and Ending is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: Amazon Music: Podcasts: Apple Podcasts: Podcast Website: Media Links Twitter: