The Leeds Big Bookend Premiere of Drink with a Chimp and Festival Launch Party

The Leeds Big Bookend Premiere of Drink with a Chimp and Festival Launch Party, Thursday 4th June 2015

Join us from 2nd-10th June as we map

Have you ever made a monkey of yourself?

A new play from Common Chorus

Common Chorus’ Drink With a Chimp is a new play about one woman’s struggle with addiction and her journey to recovery. Based on biographical stories from clients at the Spacious Places recovery centre, Sally’s story is one of loss and desperation, of hope and reconciliation to her long lost brother. This is a story about the realisation that recovery isn’t only about giving up drink and drugs, that’s just where it begins. As Sally discovers, recovery is a much bigger journey.

Drawing on the 12 step programme and Prof. Steve Peters’ The Chimp Paradox this is a story of hope for anyone who has ever wanted to be ‘better’.

Festival Launch Party

Join us for a complimentary drink in the bar of the Carriageworks Theatre at 7.00pm and meet the Big Bookend team whilst enjoying the music of singer song writer, Lisa Glover before the performance which starts at 7.45pm.

Tickets for the  Drink with a Chimp Première on 4th June and the second performance on Friday 5th June which is followed by a Q&A  from writer, Daniel Ingram-Brown, director,Simon Brewis and actor, Lynsey Jones, can be bought from the Carriageworks Theatre.Click here to buy your tickets, £6.00 / £8.00.

To download our programme and for all events and ticket information, visit our website,

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LBC 3 Reads – Date Change – PLEASE NOTE

Date:  *22nd of August 2015*
Time:  11am – 1pm
Address: Unit 2
Munro House,
Duke St,
Leeds LS9 8AG


Our Choice



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Maya Angelou’s seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it’s like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again’ Maya Angelou

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from Amazon)

Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world’s most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights’ activist – working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King – and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, ‘On the Pulse of Morning’, for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

Date:  *14th of November 2015*
Time:  11am – 1pm
Address: Unit 2
Munro House,
Duke St,
Leeds LS9 8AG


Our Choice



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BLURB (from Amazon)

On his third birthday Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures is post-war Germany

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from Amazon)

Günter Grass, born in Danzig in 1927, is Germany’s most celebrated contemporary writer. He is a creative artist of remarkable versatility: novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, graphic artist. Grass was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.

Breon Mitchell’s translations include works by Franz Kafka, Heinrich Boll, and many others. He is the recipient of several awards for literary translation, he is Professor of Germanic Literature at Indiana University, and Director of the Lilly Library.


LBCWhiteswan picks @whiteswanleeds with @leedsbookclub

14th June 2015 – Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

12th July  2015 – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch –  Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

9th August 2015 – Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Books unpicked for LBCWhiteSwan

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The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

A Change Of Climate by Hilary Mantel

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translator)

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel x2

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

The Book About Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist, Tiina Nunnally

The Three  by Sarah Lotz

Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux

Last Night in Montreal  by Emily St. John Mandel

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty by Catherine Bailey

After Dark by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by AS Byatt

World Book Night April 23rd 2015

Originally posted on For the love of Books!!:

This year I attended my 3rd World Bok Night event. I love these. A chance to meet other book lovers. You get free books and there’s a giant book swap. An opportunity to share some of the books you no longer need and maybe find yourself with some new gems.

This year as with the previous ones my friends were the organisers. My job is volunteer emotional support :) They put an awful lot of work into making these events successful, applying for the free books to giveaway, negotiating with venues to host the events. Not to mention marketing, advertising and which cakes to bring! I get to wander around on the night encouraging strangers to have free books.

Which in itself amuses me. We Brits are so polite that when someone is encouraging you to help yourself to freebies. Quite a few were worried about being greedy and not…

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LBCWhiteSwan 6pm tonight @whiteswanleeds

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The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

at The White Swan

5 Swan Street,

City Centre,

Leeds LS1 6LG

And bring your book choices so we can pick July and August!!!

May Book Club meetings


6th May 2015 – I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim #1)  – Terry Hayes


10th May 2015 – The Owl Killers – Karen Maitland


13th May 2015 – Carte Blanche – Jeffrey Deaver


16th May 2015 – Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin


20th May  – Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising #1) by Susan Cooper


27th May – The Girl With All The Gifts -M.R. Carey

Severus Snape – his chronology

9th January 1960 – 2nd May 1998


And then read this as a reality check – Nerds Doing Stuff – Snape is not a good guy

Helen’s Roald Dahl challenge book 04 – The Twits

About the book
How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything — except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.

Mr Twit hates his wife. Mrs Twit detests her husband. They like nothing more than playing wicked tricks on one another. Sooner or later, things are going to go too far…

Even in real life Roald Dahl was very suspicious of men with beards. He thought they must be hiding something sinister. Michael Rosen, who wrote a book called Fantastic Mr Dahl all about Roald and his stories, remembers that the first time he and Roald met, Roald told Michael’s son Joe that his beard was “disgusting.”

Mr Twit has a beard. His is dirty and has bits of food clinging to it. Quentin Blake’s illustrations in the original story show cornflakes, tinned sardines and even stilton cheese stuck in the bristles on Mr Twit’s face. In fact, he and his equally unlovely wife, Mrs Twit, are just about as horrible as can be – but there are a few characters who might just have found a way to outsmart this nasty pair…

The Twits, first published in 1980, may be about a pair of horrible twits, but it also features one of the most-quoted phrases in all of Roald’s books…

and a  piece from the Guardian here
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940’s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world’s bestselling authors. read more at
My review
What a great opening line – “What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays.”.  What a funny little story. I wasn’t sure what to make of this. two people who are married making war with each other. How peculiar. I think this was one of my Sister’s favourites, but I’m not sure.  Like Roald Dahl I don’t like beards. I don’t know why but it’s always stuck with me. In this case it’s of a man who apparently was born a twit who likes to play tricks on his wife and vice versa. There’s also, I hate to say it a touch of bullying and animal cruelty in it, but in the end the animals are smarter than the Twits and get their revenge and head back home to Africa.
I’ve not got much to say on this one but after a little research I found it was for 5-8 years olds so thats probably why it’s such quick paced and you could say to the point. Brilliant descriptions on the characters, so strong that you come to hate them and shout hooray! when the animals seek their revenge.
“So what I want to know is this. How often do all these hairy-faced men wash their faces? It is only once a week, like us, on Sunday nights? And do they shampoo it? Do they use a hair-dryer? Do they rub hair-tonic in to stop their faces from going bald? Do they go to a barber to have their hairy faces cut and trimmed or do they do it themselves in front of the bathroom mirror with nail-scissors?”
It’s a lovely book with fantastic illustrations from Quentin Blake and a beautiful tale by Roald Dahl. I can see why every one is so fond of him. He creates fantastic characters, There appears to be hidden morals in the stories perhaps only picked up later in life when we re-read them, and most of all they are a light-hearted read.
I think you should go pick up a book now and see what I mean.
And I leave you with this:
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
Thank you for reading

World Book Night 2015

We’re ready for you now!!!



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