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The Bookshop Band

by The Leeds Library


We’re delighted to welcome The Bookshop Band to The Leeds Library for a unique and magical concert of songs inspired by books, from Margaret Atwood to Robert Macfarlane, all curated by the multi-award-winning independent bookshop Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights.


Ben Please and Beth Porter have been on quite a journey over the last few years, touring bookshops and libraries in Europe, the USA, Canada, and writing the score and songs for Aardman Animations’ first musical, Robin Robin, receiving OSCAR, BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award nominations in the process. The band have also been working with Pete Townshend who is producing (and features on) their forthcoming album, due for release in late 2023.


Sit back and let the band whisk you away for a musical evening inspired by the books they have loved, and hopefully you’ll come away with a few new recommendations yourself.


The band are great! If I had a bookshop I’d stock all their albums

Margaret Atwood


Not just good but achingly good

The New York Times


Really fabulous new music…just delightful

BBC Radio 2


It’s a modern day Twinkle meets fairytale-land for adults. You’ll be smitten

BBC 6Music


I am enchanted, such variation and delicacy…such latent power, really great work. It reminded me of my days listening to Sandy Denny and Fairport [Convention] and The Incredible String Band…a great discovery and inspiration

Pete Townshend, The Who

A note about accessibility – Unfortunately, our Grade II* listed building is not currently fully accessible. We have a stair lift from the ground floor foyer to the first floor but are unable to install a through-floor lift due to the building’s historic status. Please email us on enquiries@theleedslibrary.org.uk if you have any questions around access, and we will do everything that we can to accommodate you.


The Leeds Library is committed to making its building and collections accessible to everyone in our current capital building works project The Next Chapter Project. To find out more, please visit the website HERE.

Date and Time

Fri, November 24, 2023

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Leeds Library

18 Commercial Street
Leeds, England LS1 6AL United Kingdom

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