City celebrates the written word

We will be involved in a selection of events as Leeds Lit Fest returns for 2020.

Ann Pettifor will be giving the first Liberty Lecture to be hosted on campus

A portrait of Ann Pettifor, who will be giving the 2020 Liberty Lecture.

The festival runs from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 March, with everything from readings to interactive events and workshops taking place across the city. 

The University will be hosting two key events, as well as an art installation just after the end of the festivities.  

A full programme can be downloaded from the Leeds Lit Fest website.

Ann Pettifor Liberty Lecture

Colleagues are invited to join Ann Pettifor for the first Liberty Lecture to be held on campus.  

The lecture – The Green New Deal – will be held in Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, in association with DARE, Leeds’ pioneering partnership with Opera North.

Ann Pettifor was one of the thinkers behind the programme that helped start America’s Green New Deal campaign, and will be using the lecture to explain how we have to do more than reimagine the economy in order to protect the environment.

The event – taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 March – will explore what can be done and how we can afford it.  

Tickets cost £8 and can be booked through the Opera North website


A shot of poet Helen Mort. February 2020Helen Mort is part of an international collection of poets due to appear in Poets@Stage

The Poetry Centre hosts an evening of readings at the School of English.

The event – at 6.30pm on Saturday 7 March – will feature a selection of poets from around the world, all with a connection to the Leeds region.

Poet and novelist Helen Mort will be appearing alongside, among others, alum Jeffrey Wainwright and our very own Dr Kimberly Campanello, Dr Jason Allen-Paisant and Caitlin Stobie. 

Tickets cost £6 and can be booked through the Leeds Lit Fest website.

The Quiet Volume

Two people participate in the Quiet Volume art installation. February 2020The Brotherton Library will be hosting the Quiet Volume audio art installation

The Brotherton Library will be one of three venues across the city to host audio installation The Quiet Volume, created by International Live Artist – Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells. 

Taking place at various times between Tuesday 10 March and Friday 13 March, The Quiet Volume is a whispered, self-generated performance for two people. 

Sitting side by side, two audience members/participants take cues from words – both written and whispered – to journey through a pile of books.

The installation aims to highlight the tension between silence and concentration found in libraries worldwide, and the magic at the heart of the reading experience.  

Tickets cost £6. Visit the Leeds Lit Fest website for more details. 

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