Leeds today: Beggars Bridge, Blackwells, Bookend, birdlike, bedroom tax, building and printing.

Good morning Leeds, it was a busy weekend. Were you one of the thousand to march against the bedroom tax in Leeds on Saturday? South of the River has a round up of the particular eviction worries facing the protestors whereas at the other end of the housing spectrum, those of you soon to begin the regular summer scouting for new rented accommodation may want to consider the council’s landlord accreditation scheme. The scheme now has 35,000 bedrooms, including student housing, recorded as having good property management standards.

Or perhaps you dressed up like a storm trooper and headed for Morley where the St George’s day celebrations lasted all weekend. There are great pictures of the parades here and for those of you still interested in honouring our patron saint, there will be a St George’s day church service in Leeds Minister at 7.30 pm tomorrow.

If you like to take a photo, then do hotfoot it to The Hepworth, Wakefield, and submit a snap that ‘captures the spirit of the building’. The competition, which has been organised by the Art fund prize and is running alongside that of ‘Museum of the Year 2013’, also has a helpful photography weekend from 4th -6th May which provides free workshops and demos for you to practise your skills.

Hebe Media have a version of Leeds Next Top Model at Trinity today. Boys and girls ‘with genuine model potential’ should be at the Made in Leeds store for a chance to be scouted by FM model agency, from 8pm. What, on a school night?

Ahead of World Book night, this week also sees publicity building for a couple of new works of fantasy literature from local writers. The first is Brighouse based Kai Roberts who’s Folklore of Yorkshire is a discussion of ‘age old tales of dragons and serpents, fairy lore, phantom hounds, ghosts, secret tunnels and buried treasure and their meanings’. Also about is Daniel Ingram-Brown who starts a book signing tour of the latest in the series of The Fire Bird Chronicles in Knaresborough and will be guesting and signing at the Leeds Big Bookend.

Tonight’s take on Transform’s city-wide, performance art agenda is The Johnny Eck and Dave Toole Show performed in the Tiltyard of The Royal Armouries. Dave Toole is the amazing dancer, missing both legs above the knee, who flew like a bird above the stadium at the Paralympic Opening ceremony. This should be something really special and it’s on until Saturday.

Beggar’s Bridge are a quartet of folk musicians, informed by the traditional troubadour story telling style,  that will begin a Yorkshire tour this week that takes in Morley Folk club on 7th May, ‘Riding East is testament to the hours spent trawling archives, uncovering stories that otherwise may be lost to the passage of time.’ Morley is wild.

A free event at the University of Leeds’ School of Design, on Wednesday 24th April, hopes to introduce young designers to traditional printing methods and letterpress equipment. Small Town Ink is also a print exhibition and fair where anyone is welcome to browse for their must –take- home unique artworks. Also on Wednesday a collection of history students from the University will be presenting some research into Leeds as a city of sanctuary at the town hall.

Finally, Blackwells book shop opposite the University on Blenheim walk have a meet the animals session this afternoon from 12pm. Stressed out students and members of faculty can regress to a child-like state by petting meerkats, iguanas, owls and ‘much more’ before taking a nap in the soft play area. No, I made that last bit up but there’s nothing to say you couldn’t.

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