Tales From The Leeds Library

The Leeds Library’s podcast series in which we talk to members of our extended community about their lives, their work, and their relationship to books, libraries, literature and heritage.

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Hello and welcome to Tales from The Leeds Library, the Leeds Library’s podcast series in which we talk to members of our extended community about their lives, their work, and their relationship to books, libraries, literature and heritage. Founded in 1768 The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving membership subscription library of its kind in the British Isles and alongside our discussions with contemporary members, we also dive periodically into the Library’s rich history to find out what makes us one of the most interesting and unique cultural institutions in Leeds and the UK.

Episodes

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

For the final episode of season 2 of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to author Sarah Brooks about her upcoming debut novel A Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands, if less is more in sci-fi and speculative fiction, bringing myth into her work and being taught by George R.R. Martin. We also discuss the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, Samovar, a bilingual online magazine of translated speculative fiction for which Sarah is co-editor, and Chinese fairy tales.    The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/   Edited and Produced by Jack Simpkins Presented and Produced by Molly Magrath

Wednesday May 25, 2022

This week's episode of Tales from The Leeds Library features a conversation with Jed Aitchison from Buy Nowt LS6. We talk to Jed about libraries, but not as we know them: instead of lending books Buy Nowt LS6 lends things. We also discuss sustainability and the ethos behind the Library of Things movement, some of the weirder objects available for borrowing, and what our relationship to stuff says about us.  Find out more or become a member of The Library of Things here.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday May 18, 2022

This week we talk to author Yvonne Battle-Felton about growing up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, completing a PhD while raising three children, the differences between writing for children and writing for adults and what you can learn about writing in universities vs the school of life. We also talk in depth about her Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel Remembered, delving into Yvonne's writing process and the inspiration behind the novel.    On the 28th of May 2022 Yvonne will be teaching Speaking to the Shelves, an online writing workshop at The Leeds Library. More info and tickets can be found here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/speaking-to-the-shelvescreative-writing-workshop-with-yvonne-battle-felton-tickets-315218004537?aff=ebdsoporgprofile   Find out more about Yvonne on her website here: https://www.yvonnebattle-felton.com/ Buy Remembered here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/remembered/yvonne-battle-felton/9780349700489  Listen to Write Your Novel with Yvonne Battle Felton here: https://soundcloud.com/write-your-novel     The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc  Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXR oZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/ 

Wednesday May 11, 2022

In today’s episode, we talk to Librarian Ann Sproat and Archivist Errin Hussey from the Henry Moore Institute. We discuss art archives in the digital age, how libraries and archives acquire new material, what does and doesn't count as sculpture and the difficulties of deciding how to order an archive.  Henry Moore Institute: https://www.henry-moore.org/ The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday May 04, 2022

In today's episode, we talk to Niimi, the Archives Assistant and Anna, the Assistant Librarian, about The Leeds Library's archive. Anna has been working for the library for over 20 years and has a strong understanding of the archive, while Niimi has only been with us for a few months. Together we discuss the reasons we have an archive in the first place and what can be found in the libraries extensive collection. Niimi's email for Archive Inquiries: day-goughn@theleedslibrary.org.uk The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

Lisa from fellow independent library The Morrab talks to us about a career in libraries, the trials and tribulations of independent library life and keeping the Morrab running over lockdown. We discuss the Morrab's extensive Cornish collection; 3,000 books printed in the 16th-18th centuries; manuscripts relating to various local families; long runs of periodicals and local newspapers; prints, engravings and a Cornwall photographic archive as well as the library's contemporary projects and events program.  More about the Morrab library here The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday Apr 13, 2022

This week we talk to Cheryl who runs The Little Bookshop in Chapel Allerton about what makes us fall in love with reading, what inspires young readers, and why it is important to focus on building diverse and inclusive collections for children and young adults. We also talk about the day to day logistics of running a bookshop and the joys and hardships of the bookselling world. The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

We talk to Aoife Larkin about artist books and books as artefacts, Leeds Arts University's special collections and some of the more unusual volumes it holds, and issues of conservation in historic collections. Aoife worked for a long time at fellow independent library The Portico in Manchester, and we discuss her work there as well as some of the issues around managing historic collections and engaging people in what they have to offer.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022

This week we talk to poet and new staff member at The Leeds Library Ian Harker. Ian joined the Library as the Marketing and Communications Officer a month ago, and we discuss the exciting projects that will be taking place in the Library over the next few months. We also talk about Ian’s background in writing and the Leeds poetry and literature scene, as well as discussing his Saboteur award nominated magazine Strix.  The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022

In this episode, we have a conversation with Peter Spafford, a musician, author, broadcaster and writer organiser. We talk to Peter about his role at Chapel FM as the director of words. We also discuss the work Peter has done in poetry, tv and radio plays to see what inspired Peter to be a creative that has experience in so many mediums. The Opening and Ending Song is Book Bag - E's Jammy Jams which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbeUbgO2AJc Listen to the Podcast on your favourite Podcast Platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1ZrmYIJS8y84kzsEqHu2OG Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d39e4765-fd96-4751-bef4-ff47313ef5a9/tales-from-the-leeds-library Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RhbGVzZnJvbXRoZWxlZWRzbGlicmFyeS9mZWVkLnhtbA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tales-from-the-leeds-library/id1584141498 Podcast Website: https://talesfromtheleedslibrary.podbean.com/ Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/theleedslibrary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedslibrary/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theleedslib... Website: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

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