Sunday, 19 July 2020

The View from Olympia. Poems inspired by Olympic Sport.

Book launch on Zoom. Contributions from residents of Headingley feature in this anthology.


The anthology will be launched at an online event on Zoom on Friday 24 July – the day that the Olympic Opening Ceremony was due to be held in Tokyo. Contributors will read their poems from the book, and anyone is welcome to join the audience. Entry is free, and details can be found online at Eventbrite or Leeds Inspired.

Edited by local writers Joe Williams and Peter R White, The View from Olympia features contributions by some of the best contemporary poets in the UK and around the world, as well as an introduction by Bramhope-based double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee.

Joe Williams said: 'We came up with the idea for the book back in December, with the intention of bringing it out this summer to coincide with the 2020 Games. We had no idea that by the time we’d finished collecting the poems, we’d be in the middle of a global pandemic and the Olympics would be cancelled. 

'We decided to carry on regardless and publish the anthology anyway. I hope it’ll bring some enjoyment to those who have been missing sport this summer, as well as people who love poetry.'

The View from Olympia is currently on sale for the special introductory price of £9 plus postage, from

For further information contact Joe Williams, tel 0113 295 6111 or 07760 375712 

Friday, 17 July 2020

Leeds Lit Fest 2022

At a necessarily delayed debriefing meeting held al fresco at the Hyde Park Book Club on Tuesday afternoon (14 July), it was agreed that the next Leeds Lit Fest could not take place next year because of the uncertainties and threats posed by the virus and by Brexit. It will (hopefully) take place in 2022, and there will (again hopefully) be a big push for 2023.

We are currently weighing things up in Headingley, and it is possible that we will be able to put on an event or two next March. Whatever, our poetry in primary schools project is scheduled to go ahead.