Tolkien and Leeds - The Hobbit author and his time in Yorkshire

It’s 80 years this week since The Hobbit was published. Its author, JRR Tolkien, lived in Leeds for a spell and his time here influenced his work, as Chris Bond discovered.

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Spiral Stairs. Picture: Steven Simko

Gig review: Spiral Stairs at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Things are getting rather hot under the collar at the Brudenell.

Artist Bay Backner pictured with her work at Cafe 164, The Gallery at 164, Leeds.
Picture by Simon Hulme

Leeds exhibition examines what is to be beautiful

THEY are the women who changed the face of female beauty - and shape how we regard ourselves.

NEW PRODUCTION: Barry Calvert as Sean and Richard Galloway as Cathal in Buglight Theatres Marching on Embers.

New play explores family and politics in Northern Ireland

Whichever way you look at it we are currently living through pretty turbulent and divisive times politically.

DOMESTIC COMEDY: A Brief History of Women. Picture: � Tony Bartholomew.

Theatrical giant

Alan Ayckbourn is one of the world’s greatest living playwrights and is still challenging himself and his audiences. Chris Bond went to see him.

By Steve Bavill.

Your YEP Picture of the Day - 19 September

The Mansion at Roundhay Park, by Steve Bavill.


Is this artistic graffiti in Leeds or simply an ugly eyesore?

A graffiti artist has brightened up a Leeds street with a mural to inspire youngsters – but it has to be removed.

Heidi Klum has launched a first fashion collection for Lidl.

Fashion revolution at the checkouts

Get chic luxe looks along with your milk at Lidl and your books at Amazon. Stephanie Smith reports on two significant new labels.

Phoenix Taylor has landed a role in School of Rock, The Musical. Picture: Rory Neal-McKenzie.

Leeds music student, 11, lands star role in School of Rock

A Leeds College of Music student who began playing electric guitar when he was given one for his eighth birthday has landed a top role in a West End musical.


Yorkshire to host ultimate cinematic experience

world famous sets including Star Wars, Batman and Game of Thrones are due to go on display in Yorkshire as part of a cinematic experience aimed at bringing film and TV to life.

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Tranquil moment as sun sets on West Yorkshire stunning spot

A magical moment of tranquillity captured as the sun sets at this stunning spot in Yorkshire – but peace and quiet is not always guaranteed at Addingham Moorside.

MEMBERS: Some of the City Varieties Youth Theatre Company members.

Fancy joining a dramatic group?

CHILDREN WITH a passion for theatre are being urged to audition for the City Varieties Youth Theatre Company (CVYTCo).

By David Ian North.

Your YEP Picture of the Day - 16 September

Eccup Beck, by David Ian North.

Christopher Kane's Resort '18 collection, shot in and about Charles Rennie Mackintoshs Hill House in Helensburgh.

“I like rebelliousness ... it can create a point of view” - Christopher Kane on being a fashion artist

As he prepares for London Fashion Week and next week’s major arts festival at Chatsworth House, Christopher Kane talks to Stephanie Smith.

Gig review: Paul Draper at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Gig review: Paul Draper at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

With former band Mansun, Paul Draper created one of the biggest cult bands of the mid 90s.

By Paul Goodyear.

Your YEP Picture of the Day - 15 September

Potternewton Park, by Paul Goodyear.

Lighting up Leeds with European style

Lighting up Leeds with European style

The city’s cultural offering will be under the spotlight - quite literally - as the theme for this year’s Light Night is revealed.

Michael Keaton in American Assassin.

Cinema AND TRAILER: American Assassin - Michael Keaton and Dylan O'Brien interviews

American Assassin follows super-agent Mitch Rapp – and his trainer Stan Hurley – as he joins the most deeply concealed network within the CIA. Stars Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien talk to Georgia Humphreys

PIC: Simon Hulme

Photo gallery: Graffiti master brings a slice of The Big Apple to Farsley

Legendary street artist George ‘SEN-One’ Morillo has teamed up with a Leeds artist to create new work at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.

By Geoffrey Barker-Read.

Your YEP Picture of the Day - 14 September

Hedge sparrow at Golden Acre Park, by Geoff Barker-Read.

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