Leeds today: benefits, wind tunnel, diocese, book fair, fashion show, Burton, CPD and Wicked.

Good morning Leeds, Naziya here again, with all the necessary tools for blogging. Pesky burglars. However, I’m not sure why the screen keeps freezing (gah!) or the vagaries of open office… hmm, this may be a short one.

If you’re worried about the changes to the benefit system (bedroom tax etc.) then the Westwood Community Association have organised a welfare benefits surgery on Wednesday 14th March at Westwood Primary School in Middleton. You can drop in at any time between 5:30 and 8:30pm.

It’s a death trap in high winds – an inquest into the number of accidents around Leeds’ highest building, Bridgewater Place, has resulted in ‘plans to spend £245,000 designing a solution to the “wind tunnel effect”.

There will be no new Dioceses of Leeds for the moment after Wakefield rejected the proposed merger.

Author, Barbara Taylor Bradford, has been made a patron of Yorkshire in honour of her writing successes. The former YEP typist lives in New York but we are assured she does come to Leeds quite a bit. Speaking of writers, on the 8th and 9th March, the International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair will take over the Parkinson Court at the University of Leeds. The fair aims to highlight the ‘wide-ranging possibilities for the development and awareness of the book as a primary medium in artistic practice.’ Confused? The Culture Vulture gives a history of the development of the project.

We have the news that the Trinity shopping complex (surely more than a mere centre) is to launch on the 21st of March with a fashion show created by Henry Holland, who is a big cheese in this sort of thing. Alas, poor Henry cannot be there himself (why?) but shoppers will be able to see the show from 10am on the day and the designer is popping up on facebook tomorrow.

Leeds Online brings us news of the Leeds Young film festival commencing the 25th March. The festival will celebrate the work of Tim Burton with the iconic Beetlejuice being screened at the Hyde Park Picture House. The event is supported by Simon on the Streets, Shelter and Envision who will talk about the work they do with young people in Leeds during the intervals.

(Mike just read this and started squeeing; Burton is one of his favourite filmmakers)

Harewood House have been running a series of CPD classes for primary school teachers in Art and Design since last year and there’s one coming up this Wednesday. I imagine this would be a lovely day in a great setting so see if you can get the day off.

Now for the news in brief:

Wicked is coming to the Grand!

Food critic and TV presenter Giles Coren is plugging in Waterstone’s tomorrow evening.

Jimmy Carr brings his show to the Town Hall on Friday. Hm.

On Thursday, Seven Arts play host to a seven piece jazz band ‘Ellington in Anticipation‘ a project inspired by the music of Duke Ellington.

And that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on Wednesday.

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