WildLines @ The Leeds Libraryis a
three-day programme of nature talks, readings and Q&As curated
by writer Richard
partnership with theLeeds 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
Tickets for WildLines can be
bought for individual events or combined event tickets can be
purchased at a discount.
tickets are priced at £6-£7/£4-£5. Combined
tickets are £12/£8.
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
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
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.
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
Friday ticket £12/£8
Saturday, 17 March, details to be confirmed. Drawing from
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