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Via Negativa by Ian Duhig

In advance of the Oluwale Partnership Symposium on 17 April, we publish Ian Duhig’s Via Negativa, remembering David Oluwale. Not circumcellion, beggar, gyrovague but Lagos Christian college boy. Not abbey-lubber but job-seeker. Not City of God but...

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Remembering by Ian Duhig

In advance of the Oluwale Partnership Symposium being held at Leeds Beckett University on Friday 17th April, Ian Duhig remembers how he first came to hear about David Oluwale’s story and the mark it left...

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Ricky Baxter: An Author from London to Leeds

This week we talk to London-raised author, Ricky Baxter, let loose in Leeds and discuss how moving up North has influenced his literary career, and his novel Gideon and the Crimson Samurai. What initially inspired you...

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Róisín Bán by Ian Duhig

You may remember an article Chris Nickson wrote for us awhile ago, Leeds, Motorway City of the Seventies. The poet, Ian Duhig, wrote Róisín Bán about the Irish workers that the M1 brought up and  the...

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Q & A with Michael Yates by Halima Mayat

Halima Mayat interviews Wakefield-based poet, writer and playwright, Michael Yates, for this week’s Big Bookend blog. Why did you decide to write a play about Branwell Bronte? I have a friend Colin Lewisohn who directed...