stop what you’re doing and pick up a book and read even if its just for an hour

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6a00d83451e1f069e2010536ccb321970bindexIn such a busy world, or so we are lead to believe with the amount of technology we own and feel tied to. To our jobs that require more and more of us, we forget to take time out and do what we love, whether its photography, cooking, playing or watching football, chatting with friends, we forget to make time for ourselves. Recently I read an article about taking an hour out of each day to do the one thing you loved most. One of mine is reading, but this year I keep losing my reading mojo, I’m either too tired mentally and physically I just want to numb my brain with the internet or TV or something else gets in the way. Last week when  visiting Mum I had the lurgy. Although I did read my illness made me miss obvious signs the author was telling me. Today after…

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Let your inner child out and come and join LBCPuffins


LBCPuffins choice for January & February 2015 @whiteswanleeds

January 21st at 6:30pm at the White Swan Leeds

Five Children and it by E.Nesbit

45181 The five children find a cantankerous sand fairy or ‘psammead’ in a gravel pit. Every day ‘It’ will grant each of them a wish that lasts until sunset, often with disastrous consequences. Never out of print since 1902.

About this author

Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connected to the Labour Party. -Goodreads

February 18th at 6:30pm at the White Swan Leeds

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce


Lying awake at night, Tom hears the old grandfather clock downstairs strike . . . eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! When Tom gets up to investigate, he discovers a magical garden. A garden that everyone told him doesn’t exist. A garden that only he can enter . . .

About this Author

Philippa Pearce was one of the twentieth century’s greatest children’s writers. Her books include Tom’s Midnight Garden, winner of the Carnegie Medal; The Squirrel Wife, illustrated by Wayne Anderson; and A Finder’s Magic, created for her two grandsons and illustrated by their other grandmother, Helen Craig. Philippa Pearce died in 2006.

LBC Outlaws will meet at Crowd of Favours on 27th November

New date for LBCOutlaws 27th November. The next meeting will be held at Crowd of Favours due to a clash of events. LBCOutlaws will be discussing John Connolly’s The Wrath of Angels. find them on Twitter @LBCOutlaws  for more information.

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The Wood Beneath the World – Review

Twilight-Time-Thur-30thLast night, I went on a unique adventure.

It all began relatively normally. I arrived – as is my wont – far too early for The Wood Beneath the World and was ‘forced’ to pop into the former gaol cells at Leeds Town Hall for a quick drink at the pop-up-pub. Despite their sordid history; the Victorian cells were inviting and enchanting, if a bit on the cold side – remedied the second I spotted the blankets thoughtfully left throughout! There were candles, the scent of mulled wine in the air and a steady hum of conversation…which ended the second I said that I was yet to experience the show.

They – like me – weren’t quite willing to spoil the surprise…

The Wood Beneath the World is best experienced without any expectations. All you really need to know is that there have always been forests and woods and wild areas uncontrolled by man. Despite all our efforts, every now and again these pop up where we least expect them. For decades, one such wood has been growing beneath our city town hall and recently…it has started to take over.

If you decide to explore the woods further, you won’t be alone. Jack lives on the edge of the wood; tracking it; recording it; learning from it. He will be your tour guide – direct you, lead you in and pass on invaluable tips and hints. If you’re very lucky, Gwen might also appear…though she frequently provides more questions than answers.

Be Alice and follow the rabbit. Channel Lucy stepping out of the wardrobe and into the snow.

Trust in your guides and in your imagination. And remember…there are many ways to approach the woods…

the wood beneath the world - YEP

DATES:   17th of November until the 17th of December

DURATION: 1 hour

TICKETS: Visit the official website HERE

PRICES:  Evening adult experience £8 full price / £6 concession;

Father Christmas Experience £6.50 per child / £3.50 per adult;

Family ticket of four £17.50.


Created by: Lord Whitney


The Wood Beneath the Worlds at Leeds Town Hall

the wood beneath the world

Excited to be heading out to see the Wood Beneath the World on Friday evening – I hadn’t heard of this event until recently but it sounds very interesting!



The Wood Beneath The World is a large­scale, magical forest installation hidden in the depths of Leeds Town Hall Crypt, which has been growing silently for decades.

Its roots and trees have now burst through the floors and walls, and the wood has taken over.

The installation will include evening experiences for adults, daytime workshop sessions for school groups and a unique Father Christmas experience on weekends, where visitors are treated to a journey through the woods and storytelling sessions led by the man himself.

The Leeds City Council project has been created by design studio, Lord Whitney. The design­ duo and their production team have built the set in the Town Hall Crypt, and an ambitious and an all-encompassing use of lighting, sound and performance combine to create a truly mesmerising experience for visitors of all ages.


POINT OF INTEREST: During this time the Town Hall’s old Victorian cells will also play host to The Wood Beneath the World’s pop­up bar, where visitors can mull over the experience. There will be a selection of mulled wine, cider, craft beers and soft drinks on offer in the cosy bar, which will be open 5­11pm on weekdays and 11am­11pm on weekends.

DATES:   17th of November until the 17th of December

DURATION: 1 hour

TICKETS: Visit the official website HERE

PRICES:  Evening adult experience £8 full price / £6 concession;

Father Christmas Experience £6.50 per child / £3.50 per adult;

Family ticket of four £17.50.


For further information please contact Jasmine or Nina at Content Soup on 0113 397 9892 or email


Check out the preview/trailer on youtube below!


Christmas Read-a-long 2014 – Act 03




WC – 10th of Nov 2014 – ACT 03

Scene 01 – Rome

Scene 02 – The Forum

Scene 03 – A Street

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Only THREE more meetings for Leeds book club in 2014 then PARTY!!!!


Medusa 12th November 2014 – We – Yevgeny Yamatin- held at the Medusa bar Horsforth

LBCPuffins 19th November- The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman -held at the White Swan Leeds

LBCOutlaws 27th November 2014 – ‘Wrath of Angels’ – John Connolly – held at Outlaws Yacht Club Leeds


Date for your diary – 12th of December

Venue – White Swan, City Centre

Time – 7:30pm


christmas book tree

Hey there everyone,

I know I know, we haven’t even had Halloween yet…but y’all are so busy if I don’t book you now…

As regular book clubbers we know, we always take the month of December off from the various clubs and meet ups – something about spending time with loved ones and preparing for the 25th.

However, to ensure that we don’t have to miss each other too much for too long – all LBC-ers, friends, pet authors, maths jammers, clandestine cake clubbers (latters - if they wish) and (il)literate people are invited to hit the town together for a bit of a sesh!

This year, White Swan will be setting aside a bit of space for us to meet up, natter and imbide liquidy substances.


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January read for LBCWhiteswan @whiteswanleeds

Wow, tonight was the last meeting for White Swan in 2014. Can you believe it another year gone. And we’ve picked January’s and it looks a corker!

The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns,

1073750 Meet on the 11th January 2015 at 6pm at the White Swan Leeds


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