Did you know Bradford has its own Literature Festival? Over a hundred events celebrating the written and spoken word, from 15 to 24 May 2015, in a host of venues around the city.
The Festival has a distinctively Bradfordian flavour:
Bradford Reflections, by Tim Green – licence CC BY 2.0
- Venture into the Undercliffe necropolis – at twilight …
- Rediscover famous Bradfordians Humbert Wolfe and William Rothenstein and the city’s forgotten Jewish heritage
- Explore the incredible textiles of India and the riches of Urdu poetry
- Find out how Bollywood films portray male (often shirtless) beauty and style
Not to mention colleagues from Peace Studies at the University sharing their fascinating research: Dr Munro Price on Napoleon‘s downfall and Professor Paul Rogers discussing the rise of ISIS.
For venues, prices, tickets etc and many more events, check out the full programme on the Festival website.
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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.