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Headingley Literary Festival’s contribution to Leeds Literary Festival 2019 – Just turn up – its free.

The performers are mostly under thirty, or to be more exact they look under thirty. Nobody is asked to produce a birth certificate! Last year (see the photo) it was an astonishing range of original short stories, poetry, and song lyrics. This year there will be more of the same, and also extracts from a recently published (hilarious) book, clips from a short film and a treatment for a documentary about undercover cops. It all has to be original, and entertaining.

Audience members can be any age, or look any age. See you there!


Karen Bridgett and Marthë Taylor have now joined the list of performers. They are interested in the themes of undercover policing and surveillance. They will show clips from Run Kara by Growler Films, which was shot in Harrogate locations. It will be at the Everyman in Harrogate on Sunday 3 March at 9.30am as part of Harrogate Film Festival too, if you can make it. The story is set in London’s Canary Wharf.

Andrew Carter has just published his second book – The Thing Is. This is a laugh-out-loud series of memoirs and stories from his formative years. He was a pupil at Bennett Road School, which has now transformed into the HEART Centre. He’ll read extracts.

Students from Ralph Thoresby High School will be there as well, most of them performing their own original work – and it’s brilliant!

Free, please book a ticket to reserve your place