Saturday, 26 May 2018

Robert Devereux - Tudor music and poetry

An 'In Between the Lines' event

A Rehearsal of the Life and Death of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex

27 September 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm           Free

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The Leeds Library 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

Tudor song and drama with Jenny Hill and Simon Nisbett ('Merry Melancholy')

It is 1624. Richard and Susannah, a lutenist and singer, are preparing a concert to mark the publication of a book – Gervase Markam’s Honour in his Perfection – dedicated to Robert Devereux. Although he was executed for treason more than two decades previously, during the reign of Elizabeth I, he still has a huge following.

The play tells of his eventful years at court, his stormy relationship with the Queen and his early death. The character of Richard is based on Richard Mynshall, whose handwritten lute book has survived to the present day.

The playwright, Jenny Hill, is a poet and a singer who has founded three choirs, specialising in the field of early music. Simon Nisbett taught the guitar in schools for many years before making the lute his first instrument ten years ago.

The music in the play is provided by Thomas Campion, John Dowland, Daniel Bacheler and Philip Rosseter. Lyricists include Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, George Peele and of course Robert Devereux.

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Charlotte Brontë in Brussels

An 'In Between the Lines' event -


7 Jun 2018 7:30pm - 9pm

The Leeds Library 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

This illustrated talk is to promote Helen MacEwan's much-acclaimed new book: Through Belgian Eyes: Charlotte Brontë’s Troubled Brussels Legacy.

Helen MacEwan
Richard Wilcocks writes:
MacEwan once more reveals herself as the current leading figure in the area of Brontë studies which concentrates on the time spent in Brussels by Charlotte Brontë, as a pupil and as an assistant teacher. Her well-known negative observations on Brussels and its inhabitants, and on Belgium in general, are rehearsed, embroidered upon and set in context, and the influence of her experiences in the city on her writings, particularly those relating to her beloved teacher, Constantin Heger, are examined in detail in a discourse which is both scholarly and accessible to less academic readers.

Less well-known ground is ploughed in addition: MacEwan has researched not only what Belgian commentators wrote about Charlotte Brontë, but what other literary figures like Baudelaire and Thackeray thought of Brussels and the relatively new country at a crossroads of Europe in the nineteenth century. Many of their opinions were not too different to hers.

It's free. Just turn up but to make sure of a seat ring 0113 245 3071 or register here:

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A A Dhand - 'City of Sinners'

Read our local pharmacist's latest crime thriller. Enter the competition too!

Book launch & MAJOR competition to find Yorkshire's next big crime-writer!
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The time has arrived! "City of Sinners" is due for release on Friday June 29th at Bradford Waterstones and I would love for you all to join me and host BBC 5 live radio presenter Phil Williams (who has a cameo in the book!) as we explore the novel and the Harry Virdee series.
The launch also kicks off a weekend of crime at the Bradford Literary Festival AND a major competition to find Yorkshire's next big crime-writer... see below
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Major writing competition in association with Bradford Literature Festival, WME agency and Mayfair Group Investment

Time to give something back! I'm delighted to announce that Yorkshire based company, Mayfair Group Investment have donated a substantial amount of money to provide a UNIQUE opportunity for up to TEN writers to attend a writer's residential course at the well-respected ARVON foundation in Yorkshire where AA Dhand and Simon Trewin will help them with their novels. The six-week competition window will open at the launch of "City of Sinners" at Bradford Waterstones where more details will be provided. As a preliminary heads-up, writers will be asked to submit the first 5000 words of their crime-novel and up to TEN will be selected for a year's mentorship. WME agency will also consider representation of one or more of these authors.  

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Crime-writing workshop at Bradford Literature Festival with AA Dhand and agent Simon Trewin

Want to kick-start your entry to the competition above? Then get ahead with this workshop where author AA Dhand gives you the cheats, hows and why's and agent Simon Trewin tells you what he is looking for and how to make your novel stand out from the crowd.

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Into the mind of a serial killer - join AA Dhand and former Bradford detective's Andrew Laptew and Stephen Snow as we explore the criminal mind

How does the criminal mind work and what can we learn from the detectives who helped to bring down some of the most notorious murderers of our time including the Yorkshire Ripper and the Crossbow Cannibal Killer. Not only a fascinating view into the darker side of human behaviour but for aspiring authors, a view into a world they may be writing about in their novels... 

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