Friday, 27 March 2009


Richard Lindley, the affable owner of Café Lento, compered a delicious short story evening on Wednesday, with original stories (and wines) of all types. He wants the place to become even better-known as a microcosm of the Headingley arty universe, so let it be. Star turn was undoubtedly John Jones, who had revealed to Richard Wilcocks over the weekend that Yoko Ono had performed a happening along with her then partner Tony Cox at the Leeds College of Art in 1966 (when John was a young lecturer in the Fine Art department at the University of Leeds) and that she had stayed at his house in Rochester Terrace, bringing with her Kyoko, her daughter.

Brief mention of this was included in a LitFest email circular which reached the local press....and the result was an interview with John and a substantial article by Chris Bond on Wednesday in the Yorkshire Post. The focus was John's 1987 essay in an anthology entitled The Lennon Companion, in which he writes about his interviews with a constellation of artists who were around in the sixties in New York, including De Kooning, Man Ray and Lichtenstein. He just missed Andy Warhol. The essay was read out, and John answered questions.

The Yorkshire Post article can be found here.

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