An Otley Run – A Verse Novella. Joe Williams

There are a number of famous (or infamous) pub crawls to be enjoyed around our beautiful island. Here in the north, we can even jump on a train and venture from Yorkshire into Lancashire, (or the other way around – if you prefer) on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. If you’re a Cambridge undergraduate with … Continue reading An Otley Run – A Verse Novella. Joe Williams

Review: Kes. Leeds Playhouse

It was pure imagination at Leeds Playhouse tonight that allowed onlookers to observe as Billy Casper’s alter-ego swooped and soared above a stage, the ingenious backdrop of which, was a gigantic 1970’s municipal climbing frame. With Lucas Button (Billy) and Jack Lord (Various roles) who’s pedigrees both include War Horse at the National Theatre, the … Continue reading Review: Kes. Leeds Playhouse

Review: The Emily Brontë Song Cycle. The Unthanks. Leeds Town Hall

We’re incredibly lucky in Yorkshire to have a venue like the venerable Leeds Town Hall, that again and again attracts many of the world’s finest artists. On Friday 21 December – when many of us were beginning to tire of the festive build-up (that commenced on August Bank Holiday), two lynch-pins of the UK’s creative … Continue reading Review: The Emily Brontë Song Cycle. The Unthanks. Leeds Town Hall

Talk of the Town – Harrogate Free Walking Tour

On a sunny Sunday morning in Harrogate, I meet Harry – a smiley young chap, carrying a large sign promoting his Free Walking Tour. Only in its seventh week, his enterprise already feels like one of the Spa town’s ‘must do’ activities, for tourists and locals alike. I expect a ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ Yorkshireman, but along with … Continue reading Talk of the Town – Harrogate Free Walking Tour

Review: Manchester Collective. Romantic Hero. Leeds Town Hall

Since completion in 1858, Leeds Town Hall has played host to many of the most influential and ground-breaking artists from across the globe. The latest – and possibly one of the most immersive in recent years, being the extraordinary Manchester Collective, who on Tuesday 9th October, hopped over the Pennines to captivate an audience with … Continue reading Review: Manchester Collective. Romantic Hero. Leeds Town Hall

Preview: Leeds International Piano Competition

‘The Leeds’ - as it’s referred to around the globe, has come a very long way since 1963 and former concert pianist Fanny Waterman’s vision of a piano competition in the very heart of West Yorkshire. The 2018 programme, which has just kicked off and runs to September 15th, could be the most exciting and … Continue reading Preview: Leeds International Piano Competition