Writing London

Documenting the work and the working habits of successful London writers, Writing London marks sites of literary triumph and tragedy throughout the capital. Significant locations, mapped forever in narrative, reflect writers at work, writers… Continue reading

Melvyn Bragg pays tribute to the greatness of ordinary lives

“Critics often say I write novels about ordinary people,” Lord Bragg of Wigton told the audience at Ilkley’s King’s Hall, “but I’ve never met anyone who is ordinary.” Melvyn Bragg was in Ilkley… Continue reading

Whiling away an afternoon at The Wheatley Arms

The Wheatley Arms is tucked away in Ben Rhydding. Handy if you fancy leaving the car at home and having a pint or two as it’s practically next door to the train station. With… Continue reading

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s novels are – at first glance –tales of society balls held in the tranquil countryside, stately homes, beautiful dresses, and ardent romances. Yet Austen’s… Continue reading

The ‘unlikely’ journey of Rachel Joyce

Fittingly, on the last day of the Ilkley Literature Festival, Rachel Joyce was in town to talk about journeys. And what a journey the festival’s 40th year has been. The runaway success of… Continue reading

Faces: Anatomy of Autonomy

A new, interactive exhibition at Leeds Gallery looks at how we define ourselves – and how others define us. Making graphic art accessible for everyone, Lee Goater’s Anatomy of Autonomy uses a restricted… Continue reading

Belgrave: bringing the festival indoors

Located in the rapidly expanding ‘Northern Quarter,’ and so jostling for business with the likes of the newly-opened The Pit and It Bar, and popular drinking stalwarts Mojos, Sandinista and Reform, Belgrave Music… Continue reading

An explanation

The title of my blog might seem a bit abstract – but it’s taken from TS Eliot’s brilliant poem The Waste Land: “At the violet hour, when the eyes and back Turn upward… Continue reading