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11th - 17th October 2010



his year it is fantastic to be celebrating our 5th Anniversary with the announcement that Gervase Phinn has agreed to become our Honorary Patron. The Festival is a culmination of many months of hard work and I am indebted to members of the committee and our Festival Director, Jenny Harris, for their hard work.

We have a festival to be proud of – I hope you enjoy it and that you will give it your full support.” Councillor Bob Gettings JP Festival Chairman



am delighted and honoured to be the Patron of the Morley Literary Festival. I well recall my first visit to the Festival and the warmth of my reception. There was a real enthusiasm, good-humour and vibrancy about the event and I was given a true Yorkshire welcome. Now in its fifth year, the Festival is going from strength to strength. I was lucky as a child for books were as common in our house as knives and forks and I came to appreciate early on that books were such a source of delight. For a small boy brought up in industrial South Yorkshire, a place of ugly pitheads and noisy steelworks, belching chimneys and cloying smog, I was transported to other worlds through the stories I read. I would take my book into the front room of our small semi – White Fang or Kidnapped, a Biggles adventure or King Solomon’s Mines - and get lost in the narrative, entering other exciting places, reading about fascinating characters and losing all sense of time. I should have loved to have met the writers of these great stories and to hear how they planned their novels, developed their stories, to hear about influences and experiences which informed their writing and to ask them questions. I would have found the experience fascinating. Literary festivals offer this opportunity and bring the reader and writer together in a special way. Gervase Phinn

FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE Saturday 9th October 10am-4pm 10am-12 noon

Morley Street Market, Book Fair and Book Swap. . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Centre Family Fun Morning & Launch of Family Heritage Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Library

Monday 11 October

12 noon 2.30pm 7.30pm

Literary Lunch with Gervase Phinn. . . . Village Hotel Workshop: Some Girls’ Mothers. . . . . . . Bee’s Knees Cafe Some Girls’ Mothers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Library

Tuesday 12 October

7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 9.00pm

Jack Sheffield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Churwell Community Centre Dulcie Lewis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gildersome Conservative Club Will Self. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Hall Cadaverine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cucina Cafe Bar

Wednesday 13 October 2.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

Workshop: Introduction to Social Networking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Library Robin Ince . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bertie’s Diner Morley Folk Club presents Les Barker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TownHouse

Thursday 14 October

7.00pm 7.30pm

Dulcie Lewis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drighlington Primary School Toby Litt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Library

Friday 15 October

6.00pm 7.30pm 9.00pm

Blake Morrison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Library Iain M Banks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Hall John Shuttleworth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Hall

Saturday 16 October

10am-1pm 11.00am 1.30pm 3.00pm 7.00pm

Family Fun Morning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Library Anthony Clavane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Hall Rachel Hewitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Hall Afternoon Tea with Helen Castor. . . . . . Morley Town Hall Barbara Taylor Bradford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley Town Hall

Sunday 17th October 2.30pm Joe Maiden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Mary’s Church 3.00pm Travelling Suitcase Library. . . . . . . . . . . . Cucina Cafe Bar 7.30pm In League with Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . Morley RFC Clubhouse

Box Office: 0844 848 2706

SATURDAY 9th OCTOBER Morley Street Market, Book Fair and Book Swap Get into the festival spirit by coming along to Morley’s annual street market, book fair and swap, which sees the town centre packed with stalls and street entertainment plus a Book Swap run by the Friends of Morley Literature Festival - so bring along your old books and exchange them for new reads!

For more details see the Morley Observer newspaper or visit



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SATURDAY 9th OCTOBER X Family Fun Morning Join us at Morley Library for a morning of free family activities: 10am Launch of the Children’s Heritage Trail of Morley Join Mary Moneypenny, a Morley resident and worker from 100 years ago, on a guided tour of Morley. This new trail for families celebrates Morley’s vibrant past and heritage buildings, and was produced by pupils at Asquith Primary School, in partnership with artist Irene Lofthouse. 11am Story Time Morley author Gillian Rogerson reads from her picturebook You Can’t Eat A Princess, (as featured on CBeebies!), plus some of her other fun stories. DETA ILS Time:

10.00am - 12 noon


Morley Library



MONDAY 11th OCTOBER Literary Lunch with Gervase Phinn We’re delighted to welcome our new festival patron Gervase Phinn to open this year’s festival. Gervase is well known for his five best-selling autobiographical novels based on life as a school inspector in North Yorkshire, which have been featured on Radio 4. In addition he has published a wide range of poetry, short stories, plays and academic texts. He will be reading from his works including his latest, Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill. Note: Tickets for this event will not be sold through the box office. To book please contact Lesley Gettings on 0113 253 9763

Murphy Photo: © Richard

DETAILS Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

12 noon The Village Hotel, Tingley 2 hours 30 minutes £20 (includes a 3-course lunch with tea/coffee to follow)

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER th MONDAY 11 OCTOBER Creative Writing Workshop


Our relationships with our mothers are complex and powerful. This workshop, run by writer Char March will encourage you to write about your mothers. Places on the workshop are free but must be reserved by contacting The Bee’s Knees Cafe on 0113 210 2370.

Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

2.30pm Bee’s Knees Cafe 2 hours Free

Some Girls’ Mothers Featuring Suzanne Batty, Anne Caldwell, Char March and Clare Shaw. Do daughters step into their mothers’ shoes? How does this central relationship colour women’s lives? In this unique show, 4 daughters, all seasoned performers and expert wordsmiths, speak openly and passionately about mother daughter relationships.

Touching, wounding and humbling”

Simon Armitage

DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.30pm Morley Library 2 hours £3

TUESDAY 12th OCTOBER Jack Sheffield: Dear Teacher Jack Sheffield’s much-loved Teacher series of books are based on his life as headteacher at a village school in North Yorkshire in the 70s and 80s and are jampacked with gently nostaligic, often laugh-out-loud stories and anecdotes. Sheffield himself grew up in the tough environment of the Gipton Estate in Leeds before becoming a teacher and latterly senior lecturer in education at the University of Leeds. Note: Tickets for this event will not be sold through the box office. To book please contact Janet Harrison on 0113 238 0090

D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.00pm Churwell Community Centre 1 hour 30 minutes ÂŁ5 (includes a pie and pea supper)

TUESDAY 12th OCTOBER Dulcie Lewis: Curious Cures of Old Yorkshire In the days before paracetamol, Grandma had some weird and wonderful ways of dealing with childhood coughs and colds. Most of these cures smelt foul. Many featured socks, slices of bacon, and raw onions. Dulcie Lewis returns to Gildersome Conservative Club by popular demand to throw light on Yorkshire’s colourful and curious past, looking at the old remedies, superstitions and beliefs that surrounded many common illnesses. Note: Tickets for this event will not be sold through the box office. To book please contact Lesley Gettings on 0113 253 9763 DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.00pm Gildersome Conservative Club 1 hour 30 minutes ÂŁ5 (includes a pie and pea supper)

TUESDAY 12th OCTOBER Will Self “I think of writing as a sculptural medium. You are not building things. You are removing things, chipping away at language to reveal a living form.” Critically acclaimed author, journalist, Shooting Star and Grumpy Old Man Will Self visits Morley to read from and talk about his new book Walking to Hollywood. A potent mixture of fact, fancy, memoir and invention the book centres around Self ’s passion for wandering on foot around cities. From Los Angeles to the crumbling coastline of East Yorkshire, Self presents his uniquely disturbing world vision, exploring some of our deepest fears and anxieties with his characteristic fearlessness and edgy humour. D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.30pm Morley Town Hall 1 hour £5

TUESDAY 12th OCTOBER Cadaverine Cadaverine Magazine is an Arts Council funded e-zine that publishes the best new poetry, fiction and reviews by under 25’s. From urban gothic to high modernism, cyberpunk to scathing satire, science fiction to fictitious cookery, Cadaverine is a comprehensive and uncompromising introduction to the new voices of new literature. Cadaverine is looking forward to showcasing a selection of their writers in Morley and perhaps inspiring some of you in the audience to come up and share some poetry and fiction too. For more details on Cadaverine Magazine visit: D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

9.00pm Cucina Cafe Bar 1 hour Free

WEDNESDAY 13th OCTOBER Workshop: Social Networking for beginners Want to learn more about Facebook or Twitter but unsure where to start? Then this workshop is for you. Writer Phil Kirby and web expert Richard Michie take you through the basics of setting up a Facebook and Twitter account, as well as showing you some of the creative potential of these social networking tools. Note: Places on the workshop are free but must be reserved by contacting Morley Library on 0113 214 5418 D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

2.00pm Morley Library 2 hours Free

WEDNESDAY 13th OCTOBER Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club One Man’s Quest to Uncover The Books That Taste Forgot Is hideous prose and ghastly poetry more fabulous than great literature? Determined to find out, awardwinning comedian Robin Ince has spent most of the 21st century rummaging through charity shops, jumble sales, and even the odd skip to compile the defining collection of the world’s worst – inadvertently hilarious – books. His new book clashes Cliff Richard biographies with evolutionary biology, Dutch astrology with books on how to pick up sexy girls and much much worse… As seen and heard on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.

DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

8.00pm Bertie’s Diner 1 hour £5

Thoughtful, provocative and very funny”

The Times

WEDNESDAY 13th OCTOBER Morley Folk Club presents Les Barker The zaniness of Monty Python and surreal inconsequentiality of Reeves and Mortimer are fused with Edward Lear’s nonsense and Stanley Unwin’s wordplay by British poet and songwriter Les Barker. His 57 books of poetry have introduced such off-the-wall characters as Jason & the Arguments and Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, and his eccentric, surreal songs have been covered by Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick and June Tabor. Support for the evening comes from local poet and folk artist Jim Saville.

Scintillating daftness, absurdity run amok”

Q Magazine

DETAILS: Time: Venue: Price:

8.00pm TownHouse £4.50 in advance, £5.00 on the door

THURSDAY 14th OCTOBER Dulcie Lewis: Down the Yorkshire Pan Join Wensleydale’s Dulcie Lewis for a humorous and nostalgic evening recalling an era of outdoor privies, tin baths, dolly tubs, mangles and carbolic soap. A mix of domestic history, personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Dulcie’s talks are nostalgic Yorkshire treats. Note: Tickets for this event will not be sold through the box office. To book please contact Lesley Gettings on 0113 253 9763 or Drighlington Primary School. DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.00pm Drighlington Primary School 1 hour 30 minutes £5.00 (includes a pie and pea supper)

THURSDAY 14th OCTOBER Festival Book Group: Toby Litt Author Toby Litt will be reading from and talking about his latest book King Death – a gripping literary detective story. We’ve chosen this book as our Festival Read so if you’re a keen reader or a member of a book club why not make it your reading choice for the Autumn? Copies of the book can be reserved at your local library. Visit Leeds’ best culture blog Culture Vulture at to join the Online Book Group. You can also follow us on Twitter to join in the online discussion and debate before the event.

D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.30pm Morley Library 1 hour Free, no ticket required

Photo: Katie Cooke

FRIDAY 15th OCTOBER Blake Morrison Author Blake Morrison reads from and talks about his latest novel The Last Weekend, a haunting tale of friendship, jealousy, sexual passion and revenge. Born in Skipton, Blake Morrison is the author of two best-selling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father and Things My Mother Never Told Me, two novels and a study of the Bulger case, As If.

Beautifully crafted, astutely observed and peopled with believable characters”

Sunday Telegraph

Photo: Getty Images

DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

6.00pm Morley Library 1 hour £3

FRIDAY 15th OCTOBER Iain M Banks Iain Banks visits Morley to talk about his dazzling new Culture novel Surface Detail – a tour de force of brilliant science-fiction storytelling and imagination. Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel The Wasp Factory in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels, which include The Crow Road, Dead Air, Matter and The Algebraist. D ETAI L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.30pm Morley Town Hall 1 hour ÂŁ5

FRIDAY 15th OCTOBER John Shuttleworth Character comedy at its finest. The Sheffield pop legend, currently starring in the 5th series of Radio 4’s The Shuttleworths, is dusting off his Yamaha keyboard for a special show at Morley Town Hall. Expect all his classic hits: Pigeons in Flight, I Can’t Go Back to Savoury Now, Eggs and Gammon, and many more. A fun-filled evening out featuring John’s dead-pan wisdom and hilarious songs. Note: This special show of festival best bits runs for one hour with no interval.

D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

9.00pm Morley Town Hall 1 hour £9

Sheffield’s finest comedy synthesizer-player and twaddle-talker.”

The Daily Telegraph

SATURDAY 16th OCTOBER Family Fun Morning Join us at Morley Library for a morning of free fun activities for all the family: 10am-10.30am Babies Can Sign A free taster session. Come along to the Library for songs, rhymes and learn some signing too. 11am-12 noon Little Red Riding Hood: Puppet Show Moveable Feast present a puppet show of this classic fairy tale for 5-9 year olds and their families, followed by a puppet-making workshop. D ETA I L S : Time:

10.00am - 12 noon


Morley Library



SATURDAY 16th OCTOBER Anthony Clavane: Promised Land – The Reinvention of Leeds United Sunday Mirror sports writer and life-long Leeds supporter Anthony Clavane reads from and talks about his new book Promised Land, which charts the highs and lows of Leeds United Football Club alongside the peaks and troughs of both the city of Leeds and the ‘beautiful game’ itself. From Don Revie highs to falls from grace and back again, this is a social and cultural history as well as a sporting one. It explores industrial and post-industrial Leeds, the role of the Jewish community in the making of the city and the football club, and the rise of working class Leeds writers such as Alan Bennett and Keith Waterhouse. DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

11.00am Morley Town Hall 1 hour £3

SATURDAY 16th OCTOBER Rachel Hewitt – Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey Young historian Rachel Hewitt, winner of the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, talks about her new book Map of a Nation which charts the fascinating story of the birth of the Ordnance Survey map, and of the men who dreamt and delivered it. A great untold adventure story, featuring intrepid individuals pursuing previously uncharted territories, Hewitt breathes new life into this key moment in history and the characters involved.

Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

1.30pm Morley Town Hall 1 hour £3

Photo: © Naomi Christie


SATURDAY 16th OCTOBER Afternoon Tea with Helen Castor

D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

3.00pm Morley Town Hall 1 hour 30 minutes £5

Join historian Helen Castor for sandwiches, cake and an introduction to her fascinating new book She Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth. This is the fascinating story of how royal power came to lie in female hands for the first time under the Tudor queens – and of the four women who came before them and who, whilst never reigning monarchs, held great power. Helen Castor is a respected historian and Sunday Times reviewer. Her previous book, Blood & Roses, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the English Association’s Beatrice White Prize. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Morley Literature Festival.

SATURDAY 16th OCTOBER Barbara Taylor Bradford We’re delighted to welcome to Morley the Leeds-born author of A Woman of Substance, Barbara Taylor Bradford, to talk about her incredible best-selling career and her latest novel Playing The Game. Barbara Taylor Bradford commands sales and star status in ninety countries and forty languages with over eighty-one million copies of her books in print, and was awarded the OBE for services to literature in October 2007. Note: Ticket price includes a £2 discount on the new novel, Playing the Game, redeemable at the Blackwells Book Stall at the Festival. D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.00pm Morley Town Hall 1 hour £8

SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER Joe Maiden: Yorkshire’s Gardening Expert Joe Maiden – grower, horticulturist, seed merchant, nurseryman – has had a huge following on local radio for an amazing thirty-six years. His radio programme was recently named top local radio broadcast in the country. No surprise given his humour, humility and practical knowledge. Joe has at last set down this knowledge in a new book Grow With Joe that puts gardening firmly in a Yorkshire context. It looks at a wide variety of subjects ranging from vegetables to bedding plants and from fruit to rock gardens and is peppered with humorous tales including onions in bow ties and a very special ‘tattie bash’! DETAILS: Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

2.30pm St. Mary’s Church 1 hour £3

SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER The Travelling Suitcase Library It may sound like Hollywood’s latest blockbuster, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland or perhaps The Notebook, but it’s not... It’s a popular, new, totally original library and book swap service based in Leeds. Run by local librarian Jessica Haigh, the suitcase is stuffed full of books, donated or recycled, and ready to be borrowed. There are no fines to pay, the service is completely based on trust and the books can be kept for as long as it takes to read them. So if you’re a booklover, why not pop along to this informal get-together to meet other readers and borrow something new. Jess is an avid reader and is more than happy to talk with you about recommendations and have a natter about all things bookish!


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Cucina Cafe Bar



SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER In League with Literature

D ETA I L S : Time: Venue: Duration: Price:

7.30pm Morley RFC Clubhouse 2hours £6

with Phil Caplan, Tony Collins, Tony Hannan and Ray French Some say Rugby League and literature don’t go together. Leeds-based publishers of all things northern culture, Scratching Shed, host an evening featuring four writers and broadcasters who disagree. Come and join Phil Caplan (No White Flag), Professor Tony Collins (1895 and All That, Rugby’s Great Split), Tony Hannan (Being Eddie Waring, Seasons In The Sun) and BBC rugby league commentator Ray French (Ray French... And Rugby) for an evening of good-humoured chat and sporting words.

SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER Children and Young People’s Events n Schools Once again, we’re delighted to be working with Leeds City Council to promote a series of author events within the Morley Family of Schools during the week of the festival. Our programme of visiting authors includes a visit to Bruntcliffe High by Sophie McKenzie, author of Blood Ties (and one of the winners of last year’s Leeds Children’s Book Awards) to talk about her new book Blood Ransom. n Free Comic Workshops We’ll be running free comic workshops for young people with graphic artist Peter Doherty (Judge Dredd) during the festival week. Check the website for the dates and details of how to get involved.

LIBRARY STORY TIMES Leeds Libraries run regular story sessions for young children Morley Library: Every Tuesday 2.15 - 2.45pm Ardsley & Tingley Libraries: Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.00am Please enquire at the relevant library for details of story times at Gildersome and Drighlington.

FRIENDS OF MORLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL Becoming a Friend of Morley Literature Festival is a great way of meeting like-minded book lovers and supporting the running of the festival.


n Advance notice of artists n Special ticket offers n Friends newsletter n Invitation to special events during the year The Friends organise the Book Swap and administer the Festival Writing Competition as well as giving financial and volunteer support to the Festival. To find out more contact Janet Harrison 0113 2380090 or email You can also download an application form from our website

INFORMATION Much More Online…

There’s a lot more information on the festival on our website, including author profiles and links, directions to venues, competitions, online booking, information on volunteering and details of our schools and young people’s programme. You can also follow us on : @morleylitfest or find us on

Talk To Us

We welcome feedback and ideas for the festival. To get in touch please email us at You can also write to us c/o Morley Town Hall, Queen Street, Morley, LS27 9BD.

Join Our Mailing List & E-list

If you would like to join the Festival mailing list and automatically receive the festival brochure each year, write to us c/o Morley Town Hall, Queen Street, Morley, LS27 9BD or email us at You can also subscribe to our e-list by going to


To help you plan, we’ve given an approximate duration for most events, but they may run slightly shorter or longer than advertised.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS Tickets are available from the following outlets: n By telephone: 0844 848 2706 (Leeds Grand Theatre, Mon - Sat 9.30am – 8:00pm) n Online: n In person: Leeds Grand Theatre. 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 8:00pm) Telephone: 0844 848 2706 The Morley Observer. 40 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 9BR Telephone: 0113 252 3456 Morley Library. Commercial Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 8HY Telephone: 0113 214 5418 Althams Travel. Queen Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DW Telephone: 0113 252 7752 Note. Tickets for Gervase Phinn and Dulcie Lewis are only available from Lesley Gettings. Telephone 0113 253 9763. Tickets for Jack Sheffield are only available from Janet Harrison. Telephone 0113 238 0090


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