Sunday, 24 November 2013
My given name is Aaron Louis Adrian Nicholas Holt. I've been a native of Morley (LS27) since birth and almost all major milestones and rites of passage during my 29 years on this planet have occurred in and around Leeds I recently moved from Morley to Tingley, which is where my little family and I now enjoy our archetypal suburban, cul-de-sac existence. We pay tax to Leeds City Council and our phone number begins 0113, but inexplicably we have a WF3 postcode. Nonetheless, I have been eagerly awaiting my chance to be 'Person of Leeds' for months so refuse to be ousted on the grounds of a technicality! My official job title is 'Trailblazing Sales Behemoth' and I am employed by an awesome American company called @Pluralsight. They let me work from home, as well as sending me all over Europe and the UK (although I will be staying grounded during my PoL week - I have a lot to show you!) I see this as a beautiful opportunity to nostalgically chronicle my life and times in this fair city, factoring in an appropriate amount of rose tinting, interspersed with stark objectivity and sarcasm.
I'm Chris, a novelist and music journalist who's been back in Leeds a short while after some time away. Well, gone for 37 years, to be exact. I live in Roundhay, about a mile from where I grew up. I'll point out some changes, because, well, Leeds is a little different these days. If you pay for your share of coffees I'll take you out and about with me, round the 'hood and beyond.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
28 From Leeds, Live near Horsforth born and bred in Leeds, work for a social policy think tank do a lot of work with digital agencies in Leeds, love all the little shops and cafes here as well as the bigger places particularly Trinity which is ace. Also a social entrepreneur, I’m deaf and I’m launching a social enterprise for disabled people in the next year or so. In my spare time I love cinema trips, exploring Leeds and nearby, travelling – I seem to have permanent wanderlust! Also a massive sports fan really into LUFC, Leeds Rhinos and YCCC.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Hi, my name is Ben Thompson and I've lived in or near Leeds for most of my life. I currently reside in the magnificent nearby city of Wakefield. I'm a freelance film producer, web and social media consultant, working mainly with local, public sector clients. Presently, a couple of days a week I can be found at one of Leeds' many excellent coffee shops or cafes working on my latest film script. I intend to spend this week sharing what I and you love about Leeds. And making daft jokes.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
HI i'm Helen, i'm not from leeds I'm from a small town called Spenymoor, County Durham. Technically I'm a southerner as i was born in Norwich. I class my self as northern and have lived in Leeds for over 12 years now and love it. I came here for visits to the market and then when uni arose i decided to go to Leeds met to study Graphic Arts and stayed. I now live in Beeston and love it. I'm involved in 2 booklcubs which I love to death and tell you all about it in my week. I will also show you what I love about leeds and why I stayed.
I’m Kirsty, I’m 28 and I was born and bred in West Yorkshire. I moved to Leeds in 2009 and I’ve lived in Hunslet ever since, and I’m now a PR manager with Brand8 PR, which is based in the Round Foundry in Holbeck. I’m also a 4th generation Leeds Rhinos fan so I’m very excited for the Rugby League World Cup this autumn! I also follow the tennis and cricket – just not quite as avidly, as rugby league is my first love. I’m currently in four different book clubs, I love films, bands with guitars, cheese, cooking and hanging around in Leeds’ rather wonderful collection of pubs. While I love Leeds I struggle to sit still for too long so there’ll probably be a bit of road trip action too!
Sunday, 13 October 2013
I am a young playwright born and raised in East Leeds. I recently graduated from Leeds University after studying English and since then have pursued my passion for writing. In the past, I have written short plays performed locally and sit on the board for Script Yorkshire, a local writing body. Last year, I wrote my first short film, Gatecrasher, which starred Ryan Prescott (Emmerdale, Doctors, Marchlands) and has since gone on to be accepted in film festivals worldwide and won a Jury Award in Berlin. I am currently preparing for my next play, True Colours, which is my first full length play to go on a UK Tour. It explores themes of racism and prejudice in modern Britain and we will be working alongside local mosques and community groups in order to hold workshops that delve into the play's issues. It premieres in Leeds, before visiting Birmingham, London, and Liverpool. It is also being funded by Arts Council England and Leeds Inspired. During the week we will be in the midst of rehearsals, working incessantly towards opening night (25th Oct) as well as working with the local groups as we hold our first workshop on 19th October. Therefore the People of Leeds account will be in the heart of the what's going on and will hopefully see first hand the impact we are trying to make within the local community.