Light on Leeds

Light on Leeds

This is a podcast about all of the fantastic things happening in Leeds and the amazing people who are making them happen. We've got social activists, writers, BAFTA winners, artists, gallery owners, playwrights, stand-up comedians, authors, raconteurs, bands, fiddle players, charities - and you don't have to live in Leeds to enjoy it...

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September 30, 2022 27 min

Sorry for the delay in getting podcasts out to you all! Normal service has now resumed...

In many ways this episode is a reboot as I last spoke to Yusef back in May 2020 about Art by Arjo.

He joins me on this episode to give me an update since our Lives inLockdown and slo to tell me about Sketch Club Leeds. These are monthly events of skecthing amazing architecture across Leeds. You get access to locations you normally wouldn't ...

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"Leeds Coppice Workers is a workers co-operative commited to restoring and managing neglected and underused woodlands in the Leeds area.

We aim to create jobs in Leeds woodlands for our members and to promote the use of locally sourced woodland products within the Leeds area. We also aim to reintegrate local people to their woodlands, show how woodland can be managed in sustainable and ecologically sound ways and to train and sh...

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Catherine Warr was a brilliant guest who is extremely knowledgeable about history - especially Yorkshire History!

She has a very popular YouTube channel "Yorkshire's Hidden History" and she has written a book "A Yorkshire Year" which will be published soon.

Catherine tells me about what inspires her, her up and coming episode on Louis LePrince and what her TV programme would be about it.

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August 5, 2022 32 min

Leeds Hunters RUFC is an inclusive rugby club formed in 2016. It has a rapidly growing membersip that is broad and diverse. They have recently developed their O2 Touch Team that aims to provide rugby access to all, including women of all sexualities and the trans community.

Chris Woods and Daniel Nerini are both Membership Officers of the club and were great guests who told me about the formulation of the club, the numerous awards t...

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"Leeds Dads is a voluntary organisation that brings together a diverse community of fathers for social interaction and support."

I had such fun chatting to Errol Murray, the founder of Leeds Dads. He explains how and why he got started, the challenges he has faced and the successes.

We talk about Forest School, Saturday Styling Sessions, Sunday Walks and Dad Talks.

If you'd like to get involved do email info@leedsdads...

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What a great conversation I had with Johnny Cosmic! We talked art, offence, inspiration, frustrations with the city loop system - it was wild!

Leeds Tarot is "a commmunity focused art project aiming to unify both established and aspiring artists together therough the intriguing imagery of tarot. 78 crads by 78 different artists."

The Leeds Tarot Deck is the first of its kind and was inspired by a deck Johnny's Dad owned ...

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I had a fantastic rambling chat with Mat Cooper who is a BAFTA nominated script writer for hire, a script consultant and script doctor.

He has written for Eastenders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs. Mat was the first ever winner of the Lloyds Bank Film Challenge and the the winner of the Oscar Moore Screenwriting award.

Mat works with producers, directors, production companies, brands, broadcasters and content creators acr...

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Sue Jennings is the Director of Left Bank Leeds. We first had a brilliant chat back in April but unfortunately, technology failed us. Sue very kindly agreed to rerecord our conversation and I am very glad that she did.

"Left Bank Leeds is a progessive space for creativity, culture and community, set inside a beautiful Grade 2 listed former church building."

Sue chose to feature the track "Coffee Shop" by Lucky Iris -...

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I had such an interesting conversation with Rob Wilson, founder of Angels of Freedom.

"Bringing a caring LGBT+ scene to a compassionate city

The Angels of Freedom is a community based initiative organised by volunteers and supported by Leeds City Council, British Transport Police and West Yorkshire Police.

Our aim is to provide visible support for the LGBT+ community based in the Freedom Quarter area of the city every Frid...

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This was such an interesting interview with Bryn Mostyn (Team Leader at Leeds Community Gambling Servcie).

We discuss the impact of gambling not only on your finances but also on your time; what he and his team are doing to reduce the stigma of seeking help with gambling and how all of this affects family and friends.

The featured track on this episode is "Glimmer" by Leeds band Precept - it's a really soothing and beau...

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Steven Burt has written a fantastic book "The Remarkable History of Hunslet" which covers the history of this area from 11th century to the present day.

More people were living within the bounds of Hunslet by 1850  than in Wakefield or Dewsbury.  Many visitors, from the Seneca Indians of North America to the future Tsar of Russia, came to see the marvellous machines of Hunslet in action.

The book  provides an insight into thi...

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Lucy Ndlovu is the Communications Director at Leeds African Communities Trust. We had a great chat about how and why the trust was formed, how they are looking for more communities to join them, their food hub at Little London Community Centre and much more:

"The Leeds African Communities Trust promotes the wellbeing of people of African descent throughout Leeds, by advancing education, relieving poverty and improving their welf...

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It was really lovely to chat to artist Pamela Crowe about 23 Press, art, community walks and poetry.

"23 Press is a Small Press, a new inclusive publishing platform co-created within the community of Headingley & Hyde Park, LS6. #23PRESS is part of My World My City My Neighbourhood and Leeds 2023 Year of Culture.

23 Press would like to explore how we use words and our voices to define and occupy a personal and shared space in...

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It was really great to chat to author Miranda Keeling about her new book "The Year I Stopped to Notice".

We talk about her inspiration for the book, her Twitter friends and the art her book inspired in them, her work in theatre and on radio and much more.

The featured track on this episode is "The Snow" by a brilliant band originating south of Leeds, Astoria. Astoria describe themselves as "bringing together the m...

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I had a grand old chat with Chris Bailie, Director of Swarthmore Education Centre.

We talked about how Chris got into working in adult education, Sawrthmore being founded by members of the Quaker movement in 1909, the Grade II listed building it's housed in and much more.

Chris chose to feature the brilliant track "Rail Road Blues" by Brendan Croker and the 5 O'Clock Shadows. Brendan has a quote from Mark Knopfler his...

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I enjoyed chatting to Annabel Harrison (writer and director) and Hester Cox (assistant director) about their upcoming play "Zip It".

" How many voices must be taken before we are heard? Join the studio audience of this dystopian and comedic gameshow and follow the friendship of two young women and their experience of womanhood, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Created with an all-female cast and creative team, co...

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I have been looking forward to speaking with Caleb for such a long time!

Caleb Ranson is a writer and creator from Dorset. If you enjoyed the BBC production of 80 Days Around the World at Christmas you have Caleb (And Ashley Pharoah) to thank for that.

Caleb has written and created some of the biggest successes on UK television in recent years.

We talk about the nature of TV today, his production company, about what inspires him to w...

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I have been looking forward to speaking with Emma Bearman for such a long time and I was not disappointed!

We had such fun chatting about Playful Anywhere "Catalyzing creativity and conviviality with people, in places".

Emma tells me about her gigantic playboxes, the Playlab, Culture Vulture, Digital Access West Yorkshire and we discuss the nature of fun and play and so much more.

There is a small amount of swearing in this e...

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March 25, 2022 30 min

I had a lovely chat with Elvi Piper from Wrongsemble.

Wrongsemble are a theatre company based in Leeds who specialise in creating work for schools, families and young people. 

Elvi and I talk about how she got interested in theatre, the company and their upcoming production The Not So Ugly Sisters which runs from Saturday 2nd April until Sunday 24th April and is a Leeds Playhouse, Red Ladder and Wrongsemble co-production.

Elvi chose t...

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I chatted to Carl Hutton, Chief Executive at The Leeds Library - the city's oldest cultural institution.

We spoke about the Grade 2 listed building the library is housed in, the resident ghost, Sternberg, about all of the amazing events they hold in the building and much, much more.

The featured track is "(Shitting Bricks) Lucky 13" by Undisclosed Addictions.

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