The Joy of Waiting, a new album by Manchester musician and writer Sara Lowes, features songs inspired by J.B. Priestley, and in particular his interest in time. The titles? “Bright Day“, “The Chapman of Rhymes” and “J.B. Priestley”!
Sara’s music is difficult to categorise – you will have to hear her for yourself – but this description from Q Magazine will give you an inkling of her style:
“A voice somewhere between Alison Goldfrapp and Joni Mitchell, and songs that veer between folk, Brill Building pop and Dexys Midnight Runners-esque soul”.
J.B. Priestley Society members get a treat at the Society’s AGM on 11 April as Sara is to be our very special guest. Not to mention a luxury afternoon tea. Bliss!
Check out Sara’s website to hear her songs and find out more.
Meet one of the men who made 19th century Bradford. Bradford industrialist Sir Isaac Holden (1807-1897) was a self-made man, rising from poverty to great wealth thanks to the invention of the square motion comb. Holden’s Ghosts, by Sir Isaac’s descendant Tony Holden, is the first ever biography of this remarkable character, and draws extensively on the Holden Papers in Special Collections to tell the story.
The book has plenty to offer readers interested in the history of Bradford, the wool industry, Victorian social and family life, late 19th century politics (Sir Isaac became an MP) and even French history (he set up factories there). It can be bought online as a Kindle edition.
Rat! Vomit! Slippery! Squab! Moist!
Do certain words give you the creeps? The One Show on Friday 16 January 2015, filmed in locations around Bradford, explored the strange phenomenon of “word aversion”.
You can see the programme on BBC IPlayer until 15 February (feature runs from 02:21-06:27 minutes).
Watch out for Special Collections books (backgr0und of interview), our students and catering staff, and some great shots of Centenary Square.