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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

RICH ARCHIVE: Ann Farr with some of the archive papers in the Brotherton Library, Leeds. PIC: James Hardisty

Swallows and Amazons: A book for all seasons

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Rich archive: Ann Farr with some of the archive papers in the Brotherton Library, Leeds. (Picture: James Hardisty).

Arthur Ransome: Remarkable story of the man behind Swallows and Amazons

The University of Leeds is home to a huge archive collection relating to Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome. Chris Bond went to find out more.

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Writer who dropped out of school signs major book deal

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Leeds homelessness charity’s hit book

Leeds homelessness charity’s hit book

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A new chapter for our city! Leeds has the write stuff for debut novelist Katherine

Writer Katherine Dewar may have left Leeds for New Zealand two decades ago but that hasn’t stopped her former home playing a starring role in her debut novel.

Barbara Taylor Bradford presenting her letter from Lady Churchill to the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge.

Clementine’s treasured wartime letter to a young Barbara Taylor Bradford is handed over to Churchill Archive

Inspired by her household’s hero, a nine-year-old girl held a jumble sale in 1943 to play her own small part in the war effort against Nazi Germany.

Sunjeev Sahota has been appointed writer in residence at Leeds Beckett.

New leaf for award winning author at Leeds Beckett University

Award-winning author Sunjeev Sahota has been appointed as writer in residence at Leeds Beckett University.

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Bradford author A A Dhand’s explosive debut crime thriller, published next week, explores the dark side of the city. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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Alice Nutter: Working class writing

Alice Nutter spent years living in a Leeds squat as part of the anarchist band Chumbawamba. Now a playwright, she talks to Sarah Freeman.

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