The highs and lows of teaching in Yorkshire the 1970s

Kath Padgett has been teaching for more than four decades and has written a book about her early days working in a West Yorkshire school in the 1970s. Chris Bond talked to her.

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The Royal Mint's 2017 Beatrix Potter limited edition commemorative coins, featuring four of her best-loved characters Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Jeremy Fisher.

Beatrix Potter characters to feature on new coins

Beatrix Potter’s mischievous Peter Rabbit is to be joined by three other children’s favourites in a roll-out of new colour coins.

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University releases poems to mark 50th

Poets at Leeds Trinity University have published an anthology to commemorate the institution’s 50th anniversary.

Mark Cavendish (front) lead the Grand Depart at the ceremonial start of The Tour De France 2014. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. See PA story CYCLING Tour. Picture date: Saturday July 5, 2014. Photo credit should read: Anthony Chappel-Ross/PA Wire

YEP man pens book on Le Tour

The reporter who covered the Tour de France for the Yorkshire Evening Post has written a book about his experiences.


30 brilliant books anyone can read in a day

It’s the 20th annual World Book Day on Thursday (March 2) - and what better way to celebrate than curling up with a good book?

Leeds United line up before the 1975 European Cup final in Paris.

1975 and all that! New novel is hailed as champion read for Leeds United fans

He knows all about writing stories with a winning formula.

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Ian Kelly.

Ian Kelly: A life in dance

As Northern Ballet’s latest work, inspired by the life of Casanova, opens in Leeds next month, Yvette Huddleston spoke to the great lover’s biographer.

Sunjeev Sahota, Writer in Residence at Leeds Beckett University.

Leeds Beckett University’s writer in residence named as BBC story award judge

The writer in residence at a Leeds university has been announced as one of the judges for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award.

Nadiya Hussain.

Interview: Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain has her fingers in new pies

Nearly two years since Bake Off changed her life, Nadiya Hussain has her fingers in new pies, including a debut novel. Hannah Stephenson reports.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park's poet in residence for 2017, Simon Armitage.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

How poet Simon Armitage is helping celebrate 40 years of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It’s a grey December day just before Christmas, but the inclement weather somehow only adds to the allure and atmosphere of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I’m there to meet poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage who has just taken up a 12-month residency for the park’s 40th anniversary. Armitage will be helping the YSP celebrate its unique appeal throughout 2017, visiting in different seasons and producing new work in response to the park as well as curating a programme of readings and events, and launching a new publication in the autumn.

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People are being urged to check their new fivers

How Jane Austen is making £5 notes worth £50,000

People are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style ‘Golden Ticket’ giveaway.

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The Square Ball team celebrate their win at the 2014 Football Supporters Federation Awards.

Time for the hat-trick! Leeds United fanzine aims for another champion night

Leeds United are flying high near the top of the Championship table – and now the club’s longest-running fanzine is aiming to show it also has the winning formula.

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NEW BOOK: Cover to Zadie Smith's latest novel

Review: Zadie Smith

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The Woman in Black, adapted from Susan Hill's novel is back on stage in Yorkshire.

How the Woman in Black came home to Yorkshire

Best-selling books have a ready-made audience so it’s no surprise many are adapted for the stage. Jacob Lotinga reports on The Woman in Black.

Gary Edwards.

Writing on together! Leeds United superfan Gary releases new book about the Whites

Leeds United superfan Gary Edwards has proved he still has the write stuff by releasing his FIFTH book charting the ups and downs of following his beloved football club.

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Why crime pays

Chris Nickson has found a niche writing historical thrillers. He tells Yvette Huddleston how he wound the clock back to the 1920s for his latest novel.

Kate Pankhurst's drawing of distant relative Emmeline Pankhurst.

Illustrator draws inspiration from women who changed the world

As a descendant of a leading suffragette it’s no surprise Kate Pankurst’s latest book celebrates the women who have changed the world. Sarah Freeman reports.

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Mills and Boon covers are instantly recognisable.

Why it’s time we took Mills and Boon seriously

Val Derbyshire tells Sarah Freeman why she’s on a mission to prove the iconic romances and more than throwaway fiction

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Most adaptations of the Bronte novels tend to period pieces. Not the Villette which will soon take to the stage of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The woman behind a sci-fi version of Villette on why it’s ok to tamper with the Bronte classics

Linda Marshall Griffiths explains why she’s set a new stage version of Villette in a ravaged near-future.

Andrew McMillan.

Ilkley Literature Festival: A world of words

Ilkley Literature Festival returns in October with another exciting line-up and tickets go on sale at the end of this month . Yvette Huddleston reports.

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