Beer club at White Swan Leeds

One of our venues where we hold book club is having a beer club and its great value for money. So after the next meeting of LBCPuffins or if you just fancy the Beer club get yourself down to White Swan and dig in. white-swan_beer2 (1)

Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Bloomsday everyone!



James Joyce is one of Ireland’s most beloved authors. His most celebrated novel is the mammoth and epic Ulysses.  The novel charts the life of protagonist Leopold Bloom for one day – the 16th of June 1904. It takes place across one day and was based on The Odyssey by Homer.

The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea.

Joyce used this date as it had been auspicious in his own life – it was the date he and Nora Barnacle, his future wife, went out for the first time. At least that’s the version I was always told!

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Bloomsday (or Lá Bloom for purists) celebrations have been taking place in Ireland and across the globe since at least 1924. It is traditional to dress up as characters from the book or its time frame, visiting each of the locations described in the book (likely in order!). Additionally, there are readings, walks and discussion of the book and Joyce himself.

Love loves to love love

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of Joyce and prefer Finnigan’s Wake to Ulysses. However, a beloved uncle is a huge fan so every year I take a second, imagine him in a sun hat and grin. Good times.

LBCOutlaws picks for July and August

1st July 2015 – Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk


5th August 2015 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carré


And don’t forget if you would like to watch the films to we’d like your views

Books Unpicked for LBCOutlaws

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The necessary death of Lewis Winter – Malcolm Mackey

Disappeared by Anthony Quinn

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson

The Strings of Murder by Oscar Muriel

LBCDystopia’s next read on 22nd July @crowdoffavours – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A date for your diary!

LBCDystopia’s next read on 22nd July

starting from 6:30pmneverletmego1

Never Let Me Go

see goodreads for more information – here

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,

Follow us on  Facebook/BigBookendand Twitter/BigBookend.

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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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