Leeds today: floating bookshops, brew, dragons, dancers, and Hughes.

Morning all: @ebsnare here with you this morning for a clutch of interesting news stories.

You may have heard of a mobile library, but what about a floating bookshop? The Book Barge is  a new addition to Leeds literary scene, now moored in Granary Wharf, selling a range of interesting titles and providing possibly the most Wind-in-the-Willows-esque place to read a good book.

A Wetherby resident has been suffering from an overflowing public drain near his house for three months, and now says it has become a health hazard to residents, reports the Wetherby News.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports on a York university scientist who has mummified a taxi driver (willingly!), thought to be the first person in 3000 years to undergo this ancient Egyptian procedure.

East Street Arts has details about an exhibition called ‘Fancy a Brew?’ at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery (University of Leeds), which explores our national love of tea, beer and all of its cultural accoutrements.

Debi Gliori, a children’s book author and illustrator, has a mini interview taken from her stint at Morley Literature Festival over on Looking For Dragons.

Following on from recent reports that many of Yorkshire’s old mills are in dire need of repair and are currently ‘at risk’, the BBC has a great video news report on the subject.

Northern Ballet’s funding cuts are hitting hard, with a quarter of their dance company set to be lost, so they’ve come up with a novel way of retaining these valuable performers: sponsor a dancer (on BBC News).

As more information about the Hillsborough Disaster looks set to hit the headlines, the families of victims have been asked to act more like those families affected by the Bradford City stadium disaster, with ‘quiet dignity’.

Leeds Grub highlights an event this weekend from the Shelf Life team, entitled Cornucopia, running 10am til 4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Corn Exchange: a host of producers, foodies, and yummy things will be present for quizzing and purchasing (and eating). Katie also takes us on a sneaky peek Behind the Scenes at Salts Deli, a fantastic delicatessen with shops on Swinegate and in the Light.

And lastly, this weekend sees the celebration of one of Britain’s best loved poets, Ted Hughes, with a Ted Hughes weekend taking place in Calderdale to honour the late Poet Laureate. How about one of Hughes’ poems to start your day? The Harvest Moon seems appropriate. Don’t forget to tweet, email, or yell us your news. Have a lovely day.

The Harvest Moon

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

So people can’t sleep,
So they go out where elms and oak trees keep
A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.
The harvest moon has come!

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat
Cry `We are ripe, reap us!’ and the rivers
Sweat from the melting hills.

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