Morley has attracted national attention over the past couple of weeks with its annual Literature Festival.
The festival, now in its eighth year, was lit up by two special installations to kick-off the 10-day event, with Fridge Poetry and a film on Morley’s heritage.
Festival director Jenny Harris said: “It was a really busy first weekend. The festival’s been really well attended with loads going on. We’ve been able to tell people about Morley.”
The spotlight really has shone on Morley and that of the town’s fascinating history. This was alluded to by BBC broadcaster and war correspondent Kate Adie who spoke about women in Leeds who were part of the First World War efforts as well as our beloved transport system!
Kate who has recently had her book published about women fighting on the home front, said: “When writing my new book, this area was brought back to me - trams!”
She also spoke, to the large crowd of over a hundred, who had descended into Morley Town Hall, about the start of Women’s football during the war as well as the introduction of ‘practical’ trousers and typically masculine outfits for women doing manual labour.
Kate, who added comical touches to her speech which was spoken in her trade mark calm silky voice, said: “I suddenly realised what it stood for - my school uniform!”
Fans of the area had other tastes of the town’s history too, with Morley Heritage Walk and a talk by historian Alison Weir.
That’s not to mention, Whitehall journalist Colin Brown who spoke about Morley’s political history.
There was even a talk on the History of Cake by Dr Annie Hall and Clandestine Cake Club Founder Lynn Hill.
This year’s festival was brought back into the present day with a talk by Rod Ellingworth and Ned Boulting on The Rise of British Cycling in the lead up to the Tour de France in Yorkshire. As well as a talk by journalist Patrick Barkham on badgers.
Morley Literature Festival is going from strength to strength said Mayoress and festival chair Coun Shirley Varley. She added that the Friends of Morley Literature Festival try to make the event as topical as possible.
There was also a lot of child’s play, with free children’s workshops and shows. Everything from poetry and prose to building robots. As well as the Wimpy Kid Show which was attended by over 600 school children.
The 10 days of walks, talks, workshops and prose, were rounded off by a humorous talk from Festival patron Gervase Phinn who also handed out short story prizes.
If you’re interested in volunteering at next year’s event, go to morleyliteraturefestival.co.uk
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