Category: Leeds Writers

What’s “creative” about creative writing?

What’s “creative” about creative writing?

Cristina Archetti wrote the short story ‘Distances’ in the LS13 anthology. Here, she controversially argues that there is nothing creative about creative writing. Many dream about writing but never get round to realising their potential. Others force...

Tinkering with history

Tinkering with history

Richard Smyth won the first prize in the LS13 anthology competition with his short story ‘Deep’. Here, he explains the relationship between history and his writing. “Nothing but a pack of lies” – Damon Runyon on...

What does it mean to be a writer?

What does it mean to be a writer?

Aissa Gallie, one of LS13′s twenty contributors, shares the influences and inspirations that led her to writing. What does it mean to be a writer? This question I have mulled over for many years...

The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

LS13 writer, AJ Kirby, considers Leeds’s ever-growing situation in the literary world. London-based Tottenham Hotspur Football Club always used to talk about it being their fate to win a trophy in a year ending in...

There’s money in this writing malarkey

There’s money in this writing malarkey

A few weeks ago, literature lovers across England celebrated the Bank of England’s announcement  that Jane Austen will become the new face of the £10 note in 2017. The announcement followed the recent public...

Sharking

Sharking

Wes Brown explains the inspirations behind his Leeds-based novel Shark. Vladimir Nabokov describes inspiration as a ‘throb’ in the spine. That it comes ‘hot’ and ‘brief’. Shark is about many things. Class, masculinity, alienation....

My Highlights of The Leeds Big Bookend 2013

My Highlights of The Leeds Big Bookend 2013

Hi Big Bookenders! I’m Steph, and I volunteered for this year’s Big Bookend festival. Having just finished my English Literature degree at Sheffield University, I really wanted to get involved with a Yorkshire-based literary...