The Library’s AGM 2019: Calling Notice and Trustee Nomination Form

May 21, 2019 3:16 pm

Official Notice of the Library’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting of the Leeds Library will take place on Saturday 29th June 2019 at 2pm. The Library counter will close at 1.30pm. Refreshments will be served for members from 1.30pm. The meeting will commence at 2pm and will be followed by a talk, […]

Simon Armitage Named as the UK’s 21st Poet Laureate

May 21, 2019 2:53 pm

The Library’s patron, Simon Armitage has been named as the UK’s 21st Poet Laureate succeeding Carol Ann Duffy who has held the post for the last 10 years. There have been 3 other Yorkshire poet laureates: Laurence Eusden, Alfred Austin and Ted Hughes. Britain’s highest literary honour has its roots in the 17th century, when […]

The Leeds Library Announces its Leeds Lit Fest Programme!

February 16, 2019 9:54 am

The Leeds Library announces its Leeds Lit Fest programme! Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th March 2019 We are proud to announce that The Leeds Library is a key partner in the first ever Leeds Lit Fest.  The festival which has been organised by a steering group representing a number of organisations committed to literary events and […]

Announcing the First Ever Leeds Lit Fest, 6-10 March 2019

December 16, 2018 6:24 pm

Save the dates! We are excited to announce that the first ever Leeds Lit Fest will take place from Wednesday 6 –Sunday 10 March 2019, at venues across the city. The Festival programme will celebrate the vibrant and thriving literature scene that exists in Leeds with local writers, performers and artists showcasing their talents alongside […]

Bradford Pupils Bring Dystopian Futures To Life Through Creative Writing

November 13, 2018 11:58 am

A group of Bradford school girls will delve into the world of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction at a special event led by academics at Leeds Beckett University. Twenty young women, aged between 15 and 18 years old and all attending Belle Vue Girls Academy in Bradford, will attend the workshop at the Leeds Library on […]

Happy Birthday to The Leeds Library! 250 Years Old Today!

November 1, 2018 7:11 am

Happy Birthday to The Leeds Library! 250 Years Old Today! Leeds Library member and author Chris Nickson tells us more. For anything to last for 250 years in Leeds is little short of a miracle. This city is hardly kind and respectful of its history. For it to last that long and not be known […]

Critically Acclaimed Interactive Theatre Experience, The Hidden, Premieres at The Leeds Library Next Week!

October 27, 2018 1:05 pm

The Leeds Library and acclaimed Glasgow-based theatre company Visible Fictions have teamed up to bring the national premier of The Hidden, a meticulously crafted dramatic interactive theatre experience to Leeds.  Fresh from its sell-out run at Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Hidden comes to the Leeds Library for 4 days (31st Oct to 3rd Nov) as part of […]

The Leeds Library Ghostly Poetry Walk Commission To Be Part Of Museums at Night Festival

October 19, 2018 10:12 am

As part of the year long programme of events to mark our 250th Anniversary, the Library will next week be presenting a Ghostly Poetry Walk as part of the national Museums at Night Festival. Between the 24th and 27th October, the Library, widely regarded as one of the most haunted buildings in Yorkshire is inviting […]

Announcing The Leeds Library’s Autumn Events Programme

September 3, 2018 8:05 am

In celebration of our 250th Anniversary we have a very special programme of events. We have already held a number of major events to mark this milestone, but the Autumn programme promises some real surprises. This daring programme will bring to the city some of the best Library specific events that have taken place in the UK over the last 18 months […]

Anniversary Exhibition, Through The Pages

August 26, 2018 12:34 pm

To mark our 250th Anniversary, the Leeds Library invites you to visit and explore a unique piece of Leeds’ cultural heritage, in our Through The Pages Exhibition. The Exhibition will take you on a journey around the magical rooms of the Library with displays presenting the story of how the Library was founded and has thrived […]

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John-Pierre Joyce’s launch of ‘Odd Men Out’

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John-Pierre Joyce is a writer, journalist and teacher. Odd Men Out is his first book and is based on ten years of research. He has written on the subject of male homosexuality for other publications, including History Today (e.g. February 2016 and July 2017 issues:; He also advised on the short film The Colour of His Hair (2017), directed by Sam Ashby, premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and winner of Best Documentary at the London Short…

Tour of The Leeds Library

September 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential. If your group is larger than 6 people please contact the library in advance. Charges may apply.

The Leeds Library Members’ Film Club (TTOTSM2019)

September 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Members' Film Club: The Continental Drift Season: The Americas Details are only available in the library. Register for FREE now. Refreshments and snacks will be available at £4.00 per head - payable before the screening at the Library Counter. SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY!

MODERN GEORGICS with Simon Armitage, Helen Jukes and Jack Thacker

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a special event celebrating the ‘georgic’ in modern literature, and featuring readings of poetry and prose by three of the country’s finest contemporary writers. The Georgics (29 BC), by the Roman poet Virgil, is sometimes described as a ‘farming manual in verse’. Its descriptions of agriculture and exploration of humanity’s relationship with nature have inspired writers for centuries. It is also famous for its tensions and its ability to deal with darker social themes including war. As…

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