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 members of the public to discover the supernatural side of Leeds hearing stories paired with chilling poetry in the company of award winning poet Mark Pajak, who will lead groups around the streets of Leeds.

The inspirations for the event which has been commissioned by the Library as part of its 250th Anniversary was both the sense that at some point during the course of the year it was important for the Library to stage an event that took people on a journey around old Leeds and also wanting to have an event that linked into the mystery of the ghost of the Library, Vincent Sternberg. Sternberg was the Librarian in the 19th century, who is said to have haunted the library ever since his death. Many of the library staff having experienced strange occurrences and happenings which have been blamed on the ghost of Sternberg.


Carl Hutton the Chief Executive of the Leeds Library is excited about the opportunity for the Library to be part of a nationwide festival. “We have been looking at new ways in which people can get to learn about The Leeds Library. We saw the Museum at Night festival as a perfect opportunity for us to engage with new audiences and look at ways in which the secrets of the library can be discovered. The ghost walk will not only go through the streets of Leeds but also through the heart of our building and should be both a really enjoyable and different experience for audiences. Mark is a superb poet who has a way with words and his delivery is perfect for this event.”

Tickets are available through the Leeds Library website here. The walk will take place each night from Wednesday 24 Oct – Sat 27 Oct, 8.00-9.15pm. Full priced tickets are £10/ £8 for Leeds Library members..


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