Leeds today: water, sticks, park, BHM, archives, Love Arts, wolves and more!

Hello! Happy Wednesday, folks. As always it’s a bit busy here at BGL towers so let’s get to it!

Who could have thought it possible, but Roundhay Park is celebrating its 140th birthday – although we’re a bit late as it was officially opened on Sept 19th. North Leeds News is after people’s recollections of the park – get in touch if you have any particularly lovely memories of the place.

An incredible exhibition at Bramley Baths opens its doors this weekend; the YEP writes about Water Colours, with Leeds photographer Lizzie Coombes exhibiting work from the Water Music and other events held at the Baths over the last year. I have it on good authority that there will be underwater music as well – take your swimming cozzie! Bramley baths, 3-7pm on Sat & Sun.

During Black History Month the Theatre in the Mill has a number of related events. On Monday evening is a panel discussion entitled “Supporting Black and Asian Performance Makers”, which should be an interesting event for anybody working in the performing arts in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Archive Service has received initial support for a £3.6m grant to build a new permanent home for the West Riding and Wakefield archives. WYAS has had a few problems trying to find homes for some collections but seems to be getting on top of things now; these archives in particular are important historical records dating back to 1704, and cover the time when the West Riding was the industrial powerhouse of the nation.

Leeds children’s author Emma Barnes is launching her latest book at Waterstones on Friday, 6:30pm. Wolfie tells the story of Lucie, whose new pet dog is not what she seems – sometimes a girl’s best friend is a wolf! The event will have family-friendly activities and there may be a furry creature or two prowling the bookshop aisles.

Should they go ahead, the proposed constituency boundary changes have meant that Ed Balls & Hilary Benn won’t be battling for a single “safe seat” in the future. Previous proposals meant that one or the other could lose where their seat is, but the Lib Dems are going to veto any boundary changes before the next General Election anyway. Can’t imagine why. *cough*

After a one year hiatus, Sticks & Stones returns next Wednesday 24 October with a relaunch event at Outlaws Yacht Club on New York St. Sticks & Stones is a spoken word night featuring national talent and open mic slots for aspiring writers, closet poets or oral origami masters.

We’ve been really poor at featuring things going on at Love Arts Leeds this month; it turns out they have a great calendar page showing exactly what’s on and where. The Dancing with Light exhibit, for example, is on until the end of the month (and looks lovely, if you’re down by Northern Ballet have a look), and Friday sees the only performance of Wrecked at Seven Arts during the festival. Have a look!

I keep on meaning to go to Leventhorpe vineyard; it’ll have to be next year now because they’ve just completed a bumper, against-the-odds harvest.

And South Leeds Life has some early news of a multi-faith cultural awareness event at the Hamara Centre in November. Could be interesting.

Best of luck to all our friends up for awards at the Blog North awards tonight! Have fun, and win shiny things!

And thanks for reading. See you tomorrow!

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