POETRY – My Ireland by Steven James Smith

https://youtu.be/lb8gNQP5fiw I've just been introduced to the poetry of Steven James Smith (@SJSWords), a Dublin born poet and playwrite. This poem was commissioned last year by the St Patrick's Festival, who wanted something new that would celebrate and reflect the Ireland of today. This must have exceeded their wildest dreams! The piece is incredibly relatable … Continue reading POETRY – My Ireland by Steven James Smith

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2 minute review – Reni Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

A number of years ago, I watched a Ted Talk that discussed where the societal responsibility of gender related violence (sexual assault, domestic violence,┬árelationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children)┬árested. Regardless of those subjected to abuse - men, women or children - the perpetrators were overwhelmingly male, leading Jackson Katz to posit that gender … Continue reading 2 minute review – Reni Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

TRAILER – The City and The City

We've recently read China Mieville's The City and The City for not one but two book clubs this year and were absolutely thrilled by it. I podcast about it in January, before suggesting it to the Book Elf (@bookelfleeds) who mentioned it during our February podcast - and she's now passed it onto the Silent … Continue reading TRAILER – The City and The City

LBC3Reads – 2018 – Four Seasons Theme

LBC3 is our quarterly book club. We meet every three months on a Saturday morning to book club, drink lots of hot chocolate and - naturally - set the world to rights. Originally, we started out with no fixed theme, just a desire to tackle longer reads (quickly abandoned), though in the past few years … Continue reading LBC3Reads – 2018 – Four Seasons Theme

PODCAST – Feb 2018 – This month, I have mostly been reading…

Join Jess (@BookElfLeeds) and myself for a meander through our February reads. Books discussed (in detail) Dream Lake by Lisa Klepas The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov Seasons of my Life - Hannah Hauxwell His Dark Materials Trilogy and the Book of Dust - Philip Pullman Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier (where we … Continue reading PODCAST – Feb 2018 – This month, I have mostly been reading…

PODCAST – Jan 2018 – This month I have mostly been reading…

Join the BookElf and I as we discuss the books that we've read this month (Ok, I discuss the books I've read this month and Jess discusses HALF of the books that she has read. Swot.) From missing the mark to hitting you right in the heart to slightly smutty novels to book club low … Continue reading PODCAST – Jan 2018 – This month I have mostly been reading…

ADMIN – February and March Date Changes!!

For #LBCHorsforth - 7.30pm - The Black Bull 21st February - The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov PLEASE NOTE - the February date has been pushed back by a week to avoid clashing with Valentines Day. For #LBCWSwan - 6pm - @WhiteSwanLeeds 11th February - The City and the City - China Mieville 18th … Continue reading ADMIN – February and March Date Changes!!