Photo copyright Peter James Millson 2016.

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 Ben Jonson was granted a pension by King James I for his services to the crown. Simon will take home an annual stipend of £5,750, along with the traditional butt of sack: 600-odd bottles of sherry. (Very handy for our annual sherry party!)

Simon Armitage was born and lives in West Yorkshire. He is an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist and writes for radio, television, film and stage. He published his first collection Zoom! in 1989 with several full-length collections in the years since. In 2007 he published his critically acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In 2015, he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry and in 2017 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. In 2010 he was appointed CBE. In 2018 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry “for his body of work.”

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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: http://www.historytoday.com/john-pierre-joyce/curing-homosexuality; http://www.historytoday.com/john-pierre-joyce/road-equality). 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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