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A Visit From St. Nicholas

A Visit From St. Nicholas    by Clement Clark Moore (1822)   ’T WAS the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that ST. NICHOLAS soon would be there; The children were nestled all … Continue reading A Visit From St. Nicholas


James and the Giant Peach at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find". Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a … Continue reading James and the Giant Peach at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Review: James and the giant Peach at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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‘This winter fly away on an amazing expedition with Roald Dahl’s hero James, his new-found garden bug friends and one gigantic peach. Join the adventurers as they journey through the sky on an across the world voyage. Have they bitten off more than they can chew in the shark infested waters of the Atlantic Ocean, or will it be plain sailing through the enchanted Palace of the Cloud Men? End this juicy tale with a trip to New York City and find out if everything turns out peachy at the Playhouse for James.’


‘James and the Giant Peach was Roald Dahl’s first classic novel for children. Although The Gremlins is sometimes referred to as an earlier example of his writing for children, James was Roald’s first conscious attempt to write for a younger audience after several years of writing…

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Sharing Stories – The Rosie Project Chat

Leeds Book Club has been participating in the Arts and Minds Network's ongoing project on raising awareness of mental health issues. We met up this week to discuss the latest book in our series!   Venue: Crowd of FavoursDate: 15th July 2014Time: 6pm ***** SPOILERS ***** ***** SPOILERS ***** ***** SPOILERS ***** BLURB (from Amazon) 'I'm not … Continue reading Sharing Stories – The Rosie Project Chat

Listening along to Dark Briggate Blues

LBC's pet author Chris Nickson has just released Dark Briggate Blues - the first in the Dan Markham series (at least I hope that it's the first; I'm only on chapter 10 and I'm hooked!). A jazz inspired noir, this book in set in the 1960's and has a fantastic soundtrack. Check it out on Spotify … Continue reading Listening along to Dark Briggate Blues

The Story of the Other Wise Man – Henry Van Dyke

Originally posted in 1895, this beautiful story has become part of our Christmas lore.  The links lead to a HTML version of the story by Project Gutenberg. The Story of the Other Wise Man Henry Van Dyke   Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul, May keep the path, but will not reach … Continue reading The Story of the Other Wise Man – Henry Van Dyke

Please note – re calendars

The Calendar and Book Clubs at a Glance pages will both be taken down for a few days.   We're working on making it easier to see what's on and where!   In the mean time, our first book club of the New Year will be: Where: White Swan When:  11th of January at 6:30pm Discussing: … Continue reading Please note – re calendars

Christmas Read-a-long 2014 – Act 05

THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE WC - 08th of Dec 2014 - ACT 05 Scene 01 - The Plains of Philippi Scene 02 - The field of Battle Scene 03 - Another part of the Field Scene 04 - Another part of the Field Scene 05 - Another part of the Field (it's … Continue reading Christmas Read-a-long 2014 – Act 05