Details announced for Leeds’ Big Bookend Festival 2015

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Book lovers in Leeds can look forward to a page-turner of a weekend as the programme is announced for the Big Bookend Festival.

Dubbed a ‘rock festival for words’ this year will be the fourth Big Bookend, with the main events taking place on June 6 and 7.

It has a big focus on Leeds writers and story tellers from the city, including playwright and poet Zodwa Nyoni whose play Boi Boi is Dead was successfully premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse last year. She will be at Leeds Central Library on June 6 at 3.30pm.

Also on the bill is Leeds writer Max Farrer who will give a talk on terrorism and the Western response at Leeds Church Institute on June 6 at 2pm.

The festival kicks off with ‘A Drink with a Chimp’ at the Carriageworks on Friday June 5 at 7.45pm, when Leeds’ theatre company Common Chorus explore the issue of addiction and recovery.

Liz Ward, of the Big Bookend Committee, said: “It’s for everyone who’s interested in Leeds and literature. I think it’s really exciting - we have some really stimulating events.”

The festival began as a way of celebrating literature within a city centre and has now grown into a major event - which last year attracted Leeds-born Alan Bennett as a headline act.

Liz said as well as celebrating the written word, the festival also includes interactive entertainment.

She said: It has evolved. We are getting more interest and more traction with who we are and who comes along.

“We have some really stirling and interesting speakers this year.”

This year the children’s events will be held in November.

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