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Booking it to Leeds Library Fest 2018

Words by Lauren Entwistle

Get ready for two weeks of unique and exciting events and activities at libraries across Leeds, with something for everyone to enjoy running from the 3rd to the 17th of February! Events include performances, story-times, crafts, coding, workshops, author events and chances to see treasures from their special collections.

This year, they’re marking 250 years of the Circus with some special events and we’re also really pleased to be celebrating LGBT History Month with a couple of special events at Central Library. Here’s just a selection of our favourite events across the programme:

Opera North’s The Kingdom Under The Sea

Come to Room 700 at Leeds Central Library on the 3rd February for an enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly. Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a Turtle and discover a mysterious treasure…

Performances are suitable for ages 3-7, with tickets costing £4 per person (£3 with a library card) which can be booked here.

The Room Of Secrets: Escape Game 

Whinmoor Library invites you to put your wits to the test on the 5th February in this immersive game inspired by local Pagan legend and their special collections. Solve puzzle boxes to unlock the secrets of a mysterious group of researchers who believe they have unearthed something fiendish in the heart of Whinmoor – and don’t worry, adults can join the fun too.

Running from 7pm – 8pm, you can book tickets here.

Found Fiction Launch Party

Come to the launch party of #foundfiction – a guerrilla publishing experiment that connects readers and writers across the world on the 8th February from 7 – 10:30pm for an evening of talks, film and spoken word. Among the presenters on the night are Carl Hutton,the Chief Executive of the Leeds Library, Lewis King, writer and presenter, Owen Clements, writer and founder of Open Letters and more.

There will also be three other notable events on the night, such as a unique creative experiment, where York artist Jay Sillence will be drawing a visual interpretation of the spoken word poems as they’re being read. There will also be a film montage featuring people in the #foundfiction community across the world about how the project has touched their lives will be screened.

You can register for the event here.

A Morning With Jacqueline Wilson

Join The Carriageworks Theatre on the 15th Feb from 11am – 12:30pm for a very special event with this best-selling and award-winning author. As well as talking about some of her much-loved characters like Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline will discuss her latest paperback, Wave Me Goodbye – her novel set at the start of WWII. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and books will be on sale before and after the talk.

Please note there will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature on will be available with every purchase from the book stall.

Tickets are £8.50 for standard and £5.50 for concessions with can be bought here.

Frankenstein Filmmakers

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by making your very own monster movie, complete with fake-blood and flesh-eating zombies, followed by a movie premiere, all in 3 hours.

Suitable for young people aged 12+ and running on the 14th February from 1pm – 4pm at Garforth Library – tickets can be bought here.

The Library adds: “We will require a slip to be filled out by a parent or guardian, giving permission for young people to be filmed. This will be emailed out after booking and must be completed by the start of the event.”

Oh Susannah!

Get to Room 700 at Leeds Central Library on the 13th Feb for a tale of true love and aspiration. Follow the tale of Britain’s first black Victorian circus owner and his wife Susannah presented by Urban Angels and Heritage Corner. Witness the back stage stories of this extraordinary couple who started Pablo Fanques Circus Royal in 1840s Yorkshire. They contributed richly to the golden age of circus in Britain and are both buried in Leeds (St. George’s Field).

Pablo was further immortalised with a mention on the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album.

You can book tickets for this talk here.


With loads on, even those who aren’t fond of books will be skipping to the library this February.

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