Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WildLines at The Leeds Library Friday 15 March

Alex Preston at WildLines at The Leeds Library and more at Leeds Big Bookend in March:

Alex Preston (As Kingfishers Catch Fire) is appearing at WildLines @ The Leeds Library on Friday 15 March

Goldfinch from The History of British Birds by Rev F.O.Morris, 1864

WildLines @ The Leeds Library is a three-day programme of nature talks, readings and Q&As curated by writer Richard Smyth and in partnership with the Leeds Library, the Leeds Big Bookend and Leeds Inspired.

It will bring some of the UK’s leading writers and thinkers on nature to the wonderful Leeds Library, the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK and which is celebrating its 250th birthday this year.

The Library’s collections of nature writing encompass everything from illustrated 17th-century herbals to the works of the great Victorian naturalists to the most exciting modern-day chroniclers of nature and landscape. Where better to explore and celebrate those places where the written word collides with the wild world? 

Tickets for WildLines can be bought for individual events or combined event tickets can be purchased at a discount.

Single tickets are priced at £6-£7/£4-£5.
Combined tickets are £12/£8. 

here for ticket information.
WildLines Programme
Thursday, 15 March, 7.15pm-8.30pm
Nature On The Page: Wild Writing Then And Now. Panel event with Maren Meinhardt, Professor Kate Oakley, Stephen Rutt, Rebecca Machin. £6/£4

An expert panel of writers and naturalists will explore the process of putting our experience of the natural world down on paper. Who gets to write about nature, and why? Is there a place for politics in nature writing? Does the North have the nature-writing it deserves? And why does nature writing matter? Audience members will have a chance to weigh in, too. This is sure to be a lively and fascinating discussion.

Writer Alex Preston

Friday, 16 March, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Alex Preston: As Kingfishers Catch Fire. Discussion with Richard Smyth. £7/£5

Novelist and nature-writer Alex Preston joins writer Richard Smyth to discuss and read from his acclaimed new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, a fascinating mix of memoir and anthology that draws on a rich history of bird-writing to create a heartfelt celebration of birds both on the page and in the wild. The event will include an audience Q&A.
Friday, 16 March, 8.15pm-9.15pm
The Liars’ League presents: WildLines Live. Bringing to life some of the most moving, memorable, lyrical and powerful passages of nature writing from The Leeds Library’s extensive collections. £7/£5

Combined Friday ticket £12/£8

Saturday, 17 March, details to be confirmed. Drawing from Nature: Workshop.

Saturday, 17 March, 3.30pm-5.00pm
Rob Cowen: Common Ground. Award-winning writer Rob Cowen is joined by Mike Winter and Chapel FM’s Peter Spafford to talk about his landmark book Common Ground. £7/£5

Saturday, 17 March, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Polly Atkin and Zaffar Kunial. Two award-winning modern poets with a fresh perspective on landscape and nature join us for an informal evening of poetry and conversation to round off our WildLines event. £7/£5

Combined Saturday ticket (excl workshop) £12/£8

here for full ticket information.
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