Sunday, 27 October 2013

Week 93: Helen

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.

Week 92: Kirsty

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

Week 91: Adam

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.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Week 90: Charlotte

I'm Charlotte and I live in Kirkstall with my boyfriend, Jonny, and my hamster, Syrup. I grew up in Coventry but moved to Leeds to study English Language in 2008. I didn't know what it was like to love your city until I moved to Leeds! I work for a company that makes deodorants in Seacroft. I haven't been there long but so far I love my job and I get to use all my language skills (I'm a bit of a language geek!) I love all kinds of food and cooking, especially finding healthy recipes for lunches and dinner. Most weekends, I shop at the butchers and greengrocers in Headingley which are fab for good, cheap ingredients. I also love going out for dinner in Leeds and trying new restaurants. Every Wednesday in term-time, I volunteer as an Assistant Leader for 1st Kirkstall Guides - they're great fun and I love my co-leaders! I've also recently taken over running the IronCupcake:Leeds competition, so that's now a big part of my life. I've been attending the competition on and off for the past four years, but running it has been so much fun! This week I'd really like to get more people baking cupcakes. They don't have to be the sugary masses of buttercream and bland cake that so many people expect! Really looking forward to meeting the People of Leeds!