The Big Bookend

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....

2013, the year of the book…

2013, the year of the book…

2013 is definitely the year of the book…and me! I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions, but back in January I promised myself that this year my passion for reading was not...

For the love of words

For the love of words

Last weekend, I was at The Leeds Indie Book Fair, a month after our own Big Bookend festival in the centre of Leeds. The first thing that struck me was how brilliant for Leeds...

Nominations please…

Nominations please…

Well, the second ever Big Bookend festival was just fantastic – if you were there, I know you’ll agree! It was the variety of events that made it really fun, with everything from storytelling...

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...

Welcome to The Leeds Big Bookend Blog!

Welcome to The Leeds Big Bookend Blog!

With the success of 2013’s ‘Rock Festival for Words’ behind us, we plan to keep on rocking with our brand new blog which aims to comment on our past and future festivals, initiate discussions...