Charlotte Bronte first edition takes pride of place at Leeds exhibition

ON SHOW: Rose Gibson hangs some of the work.
ON SHOW: Rose Gibson hangs some of the work.
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A first edition of one of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous novels has taken pride of place at a new exhibition in Leeds

The copy of Shirley will be the centrepiece of the exhibition, which looks at how the stunning Yorkshire landscape has been inspiration for some of the country’s most famous writers.

The exhibition entitled Writing Britain is now on show at the library off The Headrow and includes a collection of writing, imagery and poetical film inspired by Yorkshire.

Items from the Leeds library collections have been boosted by works on loan from the British Library, including the Brontë first edition.

The display has been brought together by Leeds City Council’s library and information service and the British Library, following on from the London exhibition Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands.

As part of the Leeds exhibition, a group of young people created lyrical rhymes and a spoken word film through the Studio 12 creative workshop in the library.

The film explores the young people’s dreams, beliefs and the choices.

Visitors will also be able to add to the exhibition themselves by filling in postcards available in all branch libraries and tweeting their own poem or prose relating to Leeds to @lettertoleeds.

Leeds City Council area development librarian Rose Gibson said: “This exhibition celebrates the great Yorkshire landscape in literature and showcases both established and new creative writers. We hope people will get involved and send us a postcard or tweet which can be added to the exhibition. There are also some great events to come along to.”

Head of public engagement and learning at the British Library Roger Walshe said: “We are very excited to share Writing Britain more widely around the country.

“It is fascinating to see the ideas, experiences and original perspectives that these young people bring to each individual project and their local libraries.

The Writing Britain exhibition runs in Leeds Central Library until Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

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