Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
11:43 AM 4th October 2019

New Leeds Poetry Anthology: In Search of a City's Talent

Launched by Testament, the playwright and spoken word artist, the hunt is on to find Leeds’ finest, and maybe undiscovered, voices to contribute to a new book of poems.

Submissions open throughout the month of October, with the book launching as part of Leeds Lit Fest 2020 in March Next Year. It is hoped that the city’s more established writers and performers will be appearing alongside those seeing their work in print for the first time.

Dr Helen Reid, Director of the Leeds Church Institute, said: “I’m really looking forward to reading new poems about life in Leeds now and looking to the future. LCI wants to publish the anthology to give a platform to local people to express their views and insights. I hope the anthology will reflect our shared city life and inspire us to dream about a better life. The launch of the anthology at the Leeds Lit Fest will showcase local talent and passion for words.”

The working title of the book is: Poets, Prophets and Protestors, taking inspiration from the subject of this year’s Hook Lecture by Canon Mark Oakley. The LCI are looking for poems that express Leeds communities’ hopes for the future, their fears for the present, and that strengthen and celebrate voices of protest in an age of environmental crisis and political and social upheaval.

In addition, LCI has commissioned Leeds-based poets Khadijah Ibrahim and Hannah Stone to run creative-writing workshops to fire up people’s creativity.

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