The Big Bookend

Controversial or contemplative?

Controversial or contemplative?

Chair of The Leeds Big Bookend, Daniel Ingram-Brown, explores the effects of Tony Harrison’s poem V in today’s world and what it really means. This post was originally published on the Leeds Church Institute...

Playing the Joker by Anthony Clavane

Playing the Joker by Anthony Clavane

Leeds author, Anthony Clavane  examines Eddie Waring, Rugby League, Yorkshireness, revenge, revolution, betrayal and why trilby hats went out of fashion in his latest play, Playing the Joker, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, 19th-23rd...

Gemma

Gemma

Inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairytale, ‘Diamonds and Toads’, Vicky Pointing shares her flash fiction story ‘Gemma’ as part of her 35-day writing challenge. The stories never mention that the gift was hereditary. It wasn’t...

A flash in the pan.

A flash in the pan.

Leeds based writer Vicky Pointing talks about her experience of taking on a 35 day flash fiction challenge. Flash fiction, for anyone who isn’t familiar with it, is generally defined as a short story...

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...