Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and PoetsLeeds Writers and Poets was founded in May 2012 to provide a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

We are a small group of writers and poets who get together a couple of times a month to give feedback on each other's writing, take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels, from those who are just starting out to people with several novels under their belt.

We have an ethos of inclusion and support, and welcome writers and poets of all levels of ability – the only pre-requisite is a positive attitude and willingness to give as well as take.


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Sorry, that should be Writing Radicalisation. Bit of a difference.

    Sun 25th Jun 2017 at 16:31

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: I've booked myself a ticket for Writing for Radicalisation, if anyone would care to join me ...

    Sun 25th Jun 2017 at 16:30

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi all

    I wanted to let you know about a series of Writing, Poetry and Publishing events coming up at this year’s Bradford Literature Festival – these include talks, discussions, workshops and performances.

    As a socially responsible festival, we have set aside complimentary tickets for community groups and writing groups for these and many other events. Complimentary tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so If you know of a group that may be interested or if you’d like to bring or attend some of our events as part of a group, please contact me as soon as possible.

    Playing with Language [DISCUSSION]

    Johannes Anyuru, Deborah Smith and Han Yujoo, with Boyd Tonkin

    Friday 30 June | 7:30pm - 8:45pm | City Hall Banqueting Suite


    Book Bidding Wars [DISCUSSION]

    Ailah Ahmed, Lisa Milton and Kate Nash, with Danuta Kean

    Saturday 1 July | 10am - 11:15am | City Hall - The Ernest Saville Room


    Writing Radicalisation [DISCUSSION]

    Johannes Anyuru, Tabish Khair, Tariq Mehmood, with Claire Chambers

    Saturday 1 July | 11:30am - 12:30pm | Bradford College - Dye House Gallery


    Reading Through Adversity [DISCUSSION]

    Sudha Bhuchar, Mona Eltahawy, Pete White, with Ralph Dartford

    Saturday 1 July | 11:30am - 12:30pm| University of Bradford - Small Hall, Richmond Building


    Writing and Thriving in the Digital Age [DISCUSSION]

    Isabel Costello, Nikesh Shukla and Molly Flatt, with Danuta Kean

    Saturday 1 July | 1:30pm - 2:45pm | City Hall - The Ernest Saville Room


    How to Create a Storybook and Get Published [DISCUSSION]

    Chris Haughton, Deirdre McDermott and Maria Tunney, with David Barnett

    Saturday 1 July | 3.15pm - 4:30pm | City Hall - The Ernest Saville Room


    An Audience with Jeannette Winterson

    Jeannette Winterson

    Saturday 1 July | 6pm - 7pm | University of Bradford - Great Hall, Richmond Building


    Lyrical Mehfil [POETRY PERFORMANCE]

    Jackie Kay, Lorna Goodison, Steven Camden, Aviva Dautch, Naeem Haider, Shazea Quraishi, Jo Brandon, Raymond Antrobus, with host Jo Bell

    Saturday 1 July | 7:30pm - 10pm | Alhambra Studio


    Journalling WORKSHOP

    John Siddique

    Sunday 2 July | 2pm - 5pm | Bradford College - David Hockney Building, Seminar Room 1


    Writing Revolution [DISCUSSION]

    Mona Eltahawy, Damian Flanagan and Christopher de Bellaigue, with Anita Sethi

    Sunday 2 July | 3:30pm - 4:45pm | University of Bradford - Norcroft Centre Auditorium


    Gervase Phinn In Conversation

    Gervase Phinn with Peg Alexander

    Sunday 2 July | 4pm - 5pm | Great Hall, University of Bradford


    How Not to Write Bad Sex [DISCUSSION]

    Maya Blake, Frank Brinkley, Flo Nicoll, with Arifa Akbar

    Friday 7 July | 7pm - 8:15pm | City Hall Banqueting Suite


    Jerusalem: The Anthem [DISCUSSION & PERFORMANCE]

    Boyd Tonkin, Jason Whittaker, Ben Okri and Bradford Cathedral Choir, with Jerry Lepine

    Saturday 8 July | 10:30am - 11:45am | Bradford College - Henry Mitchell Hall


    Secrets of Crime Writing [DISCUSSION]

    Alex Caan, Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee, with A A Dhand

    Saturday 8 July | 11am - 12:15pm | Bradford College - Dye House Gallery


    Inspired by the Brontës [DISCUSSION]

    Louise Doughty, Robert Edric, Samantha Ellis, with Michael Stewart

    Saturday 8 July | 12:45pm - 2pm | Midland Hotel - French Ballroom


    Gary Younge: Another Day in the Death of America

    Gary Younge with Daniel Hahn

    Saturday 8 July | 1:15pm -2:15pm | University of Bradford | Great Hall


    The Magic of Romance [DISCUSSION]

    Milly Johnson, Emily Kerr, Sonya Lalli, with Jodie Matthews

    Saturday 8 July | 2pm - 3pm | Bradford College - Dye House Gallery


    Derek Walcott: In Memoriam [DISCUSSION & PERFORMANCE]

    Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lorna Goodison, Burt Caesar, David Wilson, with David Bryan

    Saturday 8 July | 2:45pm - 4pm | Alhambra Studio


    Political Poetry [DISCUSSION]

    Anthony Anaxagorou, Zeina Hashem Beck, Nick Toczek, with Boyd Tonkin

    Saturday 8 July | 5pm - 6:15pm | City Hall Chamber


    Poetry WORKSHOP

    Anthony Anaxagorou

    Sunday 9 July | 10:30am - 12pm | Bradford College - Seminar Room 1, David Hockney Building


    Opinion Writing WORKSHOP

    Yasir Mirza

    Sunday 9 July | 12:15pm - 2:15pm | Bradford College - David Hockney Building, Seminar Room 1


    Modern Day Mystics [POETRY PERFORMANCE]

    Ben Okri, Zeina Hashem Beck, Ron Geaves, Dh Maitreyabandhu, Jamil Morris, Zahra Taheri, hosted by Abdul Rehman Malik

    Sunday 9 July | 2:45pm - 4:45pm | Bradford College - Henry Mitchell Hall


    Today's Society as a Reflection of Dante's Inferno [DISCUSSION]

    Anthony Anaxagorou, Claire Honess, Simon Unsworth, with Akram Khan

    Sunday 9 July | 5:00pm - 6:15pm | Henry Mitchell Hall, Bradford College


    Sacred Poetry [PERFORMANCE]

    Ranjana Ghatak, Dh Maitreyabandhu, Keertan Kaur Rehal, Shabnam Qasim, Claire White-McKay, with Bishop Toby Howarth

    Sunday 9 July | 6pm - 8:30pm | Bradford Cathedral


    Sufiana Kalaam [PERFORMANCE]

    Nadeem Abbas

    Sunday 9 July | 7pm - 9:30pm | Alhambra Theatre


    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards


    Irna Qureshi

    Executive Creative Director

    w: bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk

    SAVE THE DATE: 30th June – 9th July 2017

    Fri 23th Jun 2017 at 14:19

  • Kat

    Kat: Hello.

    I am on the committee of the above literary festival – our fifth year – and would be very grateful if you would let your members know about us.

    The details can be found on http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/Programmeandauthors.php and https://beaconlitblog.wordpress.com/programme-participating-authors.

    This year our guests include Hugh Fraser (John Suchet’s Captain Hastings), successful indie author Adam Croft, women’s authors Rowan Coleman, Christina Jones, Jean Fullerton and Hywela Lyn, Orenda Books publisher Karen Sullivan, hot new talent including Steph Broadribb (alias Crime Thriller Girl), Harriet Cummings, as well Clare Swatman, as well as workshops (including ‘Kickstart your Story’ led by myself).

    I would be very grateful if you would forward this email to your writing colleagues and reader friends, and do let me know if you, or they, have any queries or need further information.


    Good morning.

    Further to my email of 8th May regarding this upcoming literary festival, we have a special offer for writing groups.

    All-day tickets are just £25 (or £14.50 for a half day) but there is now a 20% discount for any group purchasing five or more tickets.

    Details on the link below and the ticket link is http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/buytickets.php.

    We hope to see you there!

    Kind regards


    Fri 23th Jun 2017 at 14:18

  • Kat

    Kat: Bit late notice, this one I'm afraid...

    Our friends at the Writing Back project have a theatre performance and exhibition coming up next week. the play is called 'Spring Flowers and Autumn Fruit', and is based on stories shared by some of the penpals in the project.

    performances are on friday 23 June (evening) and saturday 24 June (matinee) at Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre and will coincide with an exhibition of project letters and penpals’ poetry. the performance is approximately an hour long. the exhibition will remain in the main hall until Friday 30 June.

    tickets can be purchased online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/182610 or by phoning HEART on 0113 275 4548. see you there!

    all the best,

    open letters

    Fri 23th Jun 2017 at 14:17

  • Kat

    Kat: A message from Eli Allison.
    Email Address info@eli-allison.com
    Good Afternoon, So this could be a completely pointless stab in the dark and if it is I apologise, but I’m looking for writers who have had books published or are on the verge of being published. I looking to organise an event called The Leeds Book Jam at The Hyde Park Book club, (17th of July, evening). I’m hoping to find some authors who would like to get up on stage for a five minute wrestle with the audience to talk about their books or anything writing related. Is this something any of your members would be interested in? All the best and I hope to hear from you.

    Fri 23th Jun 2017 at 14:14

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: I too have a problem. I'm hoping to make an appearance but will definitely be late. Childcare issues. Sorry!

    Thu 22th Jun 2017 at 18:33

    • Kat

      Kat: Okay, hope you can make it : )

      Thu 22th Jun 2017 at 18:41

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    Ita: Hi all,
    I've put myself down to attend tomorrow's session and one of the submissions over the weekend was mine. However due to an urgent deadline at work having just been made even more urgent, I may not make it down tomorrow. I'll do my best to be there like I planned, but can't unfortunately make any promises. Really sorry if it comes to that.

    Wed 21th Jun 2017 at 18:58

    • Kat

      Kat: Hi Ita, Can you tell us which piece was yours so those of us that read at the last minute (ahem) can leave it till last? Thanks!

      Thu 22th Jun 2017 at 15:08

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      Ita: Can confirm now that I'll be able to make it, just and just. Will probably pop up a little late.

      Thu 22th Jun 2017 at 18:30

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      Ita: Oh sorry Kat. Didn't read you properly, 'In the Bush' is mine', if that still helps...

      Thu 22th Jun 2017 at 18:32

    • Kat

      Kat: Glad you'll be able to make it - see you later : )

      Thu 22th Jun 2017 at 18:40

  • Kat

    Kat: "Word Up New Wortley is an ongoing weekly project that aims to encourage and celebrate all forms of wordsmithery. We are looking for people who run workshops in creative writing, novel writing, short stories, script writing, journalism, copywriting, creative writing and so on –although we have poetry pretty well covered at the moment.

    The group meets on Weds 6.30 – 8.30pm and we pay £20 per hour. "

    Contact Kat for contact details...

    Mon 19th Jun 2017 at 19:28

  • Kat

    Kat: Roz - I've moved your piece to the correct folder...

    Sun 18th Jun 2017 at 20:00