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Imaginarium: Jamie H Scrutton, Lence, Nina Carter Brown and John Devlin

In support of his debut visual book “The Devil Makes Work For Creative Hands”, Jamie H Scruton shall be performing a full live Recital of his Animations, as well as performing excerpts from the book. Lence, John Devlin and Nina Carter Brown will also be joining, to deliver their lyrical genius.

British Sign Language will be included during the performance.

Northern Short Story Festival Academy Showcase with Lucie McKnight Hardy

The Northern Short Story Festival and Comma Press are delighted to present a day of online events, showcasing and celebrating the short story form, featuring emerging and acclaimed British writers alongside international authors.

All the events will take place on Saturday 16th October, and will be hosted on Zoom.

The Northern Short Story Festival present their 2021 Academy Showcase, with guest author Lucie McKnight Hardy.

The Book of Barcelona Launch Event

From the boy who won’t stop growing in the working-class Guineueta neighbourhood on the outskirts of Barcelona, to the woman returning to Barcelona after living for some years in London, this anthology explores the city of Barcelona from a myriad of perspectives.

In this new addition to Comma’s Reading the City series, ten stories about Barcelona by ten of its most prominent authors are translated from both Catalan and Spanish into English for the first time.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2021

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) is an award that has enriched both the careers of writers and the wider literary landscape since its launch sixteen years ago. The BBC NSSA is one of the most prestigious prizes for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in an annual anthology by Comma Press.

Radical Reading Room Book Club

Radical Reading Monthly Book Group 

Join us for our new radical book group! We’re getting together every month to discuss a book from our new Radical Reading Room – a library we’ve set up at Left Bank in collaboration with Pluto Books. It’s an informal group and everyone is welcome, so pop down and chat about some timely political topics.

We’ll chat about the book and the themes it looks at, so you definitely don’t need to be an expert, and you are more than welcome to come along, listen and learn too.


Theatre Adaptation

A workshop in two parts. Wild Time is a punk revision of Shakespeare’s Dream, for the lovers and the haters.

A copy of the theatrical novel will be sent to you in the post and an invite to join the makers in conversation with Kara McKechnie, a specialist in theatre and adaptation.

Speed Date a Library Treasure

Lonely Library books seek passionate partners for adventurous nights in! We’ve dusted off our most unique and underrated items to charm some open-minded strangers.

Join us online for some serious book-lovin’. Following the speed dating format each item will be presented to you for 3 minutes, there will be time to ask questions before we move onto the next item.  At the end you will even be able to vote for your favourite.

There will also be guest stars joining us from other heritage organisations in Leeds.

Book Launch and Film Screening – A Hare-Marked Moon


Writer David Lascelles and film-maker Judi Alston are joining together for a special event celebrating the publication of David’s book, which tells the story behind the extraordinary meeting of cultures that resulted in the Harewood Stupa.

The event begins with a screening of Judi’s short film, shot both in Bhutan and in Yorkshire, which covers the making of the stupa. David will then read extracts from the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing. The event runs for about an hour and a quarter.