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 Nov 17, 2021

For the final episode of season one of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to actor/writer and director of Heritage Corner and Leeds Black History Walk Joe Williams. We talk about Joe’s life and work, black history in Leeds, and the importance of engaging with local history through creativity and the arts. Heritage Corner Leeds: https://heritagecornerleeds.com/ 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 Nov 10, 2021

In this episode, we have a conversation with the author of the only novel ever set in The Leeds Library. We talk with Frances Brody, author of the gripping Kate Shackleton series of detective fiction, about her life in libraries both here on Leeds and across the UK and the US. Frances’s website: https://frances-brody.com/ Find Frances on Twitter @FrancesBrody Buy the Kate Shackleton Series here: https://www.waterstones.com/author/frances-brody/405010 The Opening and Ending 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 Nov 03, 2021

Like all good historic buildings, The Leeds Library has a ghost. In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we discuss the haunting of the library with our resident paranormal expert and assistant librarian Anna Goodridge.  Anna’s ASSAP talk on the ghost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Ixm-O1SPA 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 Oct 27, 2021

In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to author Chris Nickson about his life as a music journalist in America, the changing face of Leeds over the years, and the importance of historical research and veracity in his own historical fiction. We also discuss Chris’s latest book in his DI Inspector Tom Harper series: Brass Lives. Chris’s website: https://chrisnickson.co.uk/ Buy Brass Lives here: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/n/chris-nickson/brass-lives.htm 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 Oct 20, 2021

In this week’s episode of Tales from the Leeds Library we talk to Ruth Robbins – professor in English and Director of Research for the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. We talk to her about her research specialisms in the late Victorian era and the work she has done on The Leeds Library’s own Victorian fiction collection. We also discuss her interest in biography, subjectivity and talk in detail about her book Literary Feminisms - which traces the history of the intersection between feminist theory and literary criticism. Buy Literary Feminisms: https://www.waterstones.com/book/literary-feminisms/ruth-robbins/9780333689196 The Opening and Ending 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 Oct 13, 2021

This week’s Tales from The Leeds Library episode features a conversation with Shaun Page, a local historian photographer, and host of the Leeds Echoes podcast. Shaun talked to us about the importance of local history, the use of new technologies in arts, culture and heritage, and the joys of living in Burley. Shaun’s Website: https://www.warehouse606.com/ The Leeds Echoes Podcast: https://www.warehouse606.com/podcast 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 Oct 06, 2021

Brian Cole has worked extensively with The Leeds Library’s collection as a conservator and bookbinder. In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we discuss the history of bookbinding, and the shape of the trade in the UK today. We discuss his book Aspire to the Beautiful and Brian also takes us through some of the different bookbinding techniques he has used to conserve some of The Leeds Libraries own collection. Copies of Aspire to the Beautiful cost £12.99 + £2 p&p and can be bought directly from Brian. Email him at: bcole11@hotmail.com or pick up a copy in person at The Leeds Library. Read Brian’s article on New York libraries in our newsletter Speaks Volumes: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Speaks-Volumes-13-final-website.pdf The Opening and Ending 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 Sep 29, 2021

The latest episode of Tales from The Leeds Library features Dr Emily Zobel Marshall - Author, poet and Reader in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Beckett University. We talk about Emily's work with Carnival, her work with the charity Remember Oluwale and their planned memorial sculpture garden featuring work by artist Yinka Shonibare. We also talk in depth about Emily’s most recent book American Trickster: trauma, tradition and Brer Rabbit – a fascinating study of the cultural journey of Brer Rabbit from its contested origins in African folklore to an internationally recognisable trickster figure. Buy ‘American Trickster: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit’ here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781783481095/American-Trickster-Trauma-Tradition-and-Brer-Rabbit   Find out more about Remember Oluwale: https://rememberoluwale.org/                                                                                                                     Find Emily on Twitter: @EmilyZMarshall   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 Sep 22, 2021

In this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library and visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester. We talk about the collection and her work at Gladstone’s Library, the importance of preserving independent libraries and their future – particularly how digital technology is helping to shape it. We also discuss the upcoming ILA (Independent Libraries Association) AGM which will take place here at The Leeds Library. Find Louisa on Twitter: @louisayates Gladstone’s Library: https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/ ILA: https://www.independentlibraries.co.uk/ The Opening and Ending 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 Sep 15, 2021

Tales From The Leeds Library S1E3 Feat. Jane Riley Jane Riley has been The Leeds Library’s librarian since 2015 and for this episode of Tales from The Leeds Library we talk to her about the collection and its history, the gems of the collection including The Leeds Library’s oldest book, the issues facing libraries housing historic collections, and the highs and lows of library life. Find out more about the library’s collections here: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/library-information/collections/ 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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