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Literary Event, Wed 18 Sep 2019, free entry

Alan Bennett - Unexpected Activist

Alan Bennett - Unexpected Activist



In this illustrated talk, Dr Kara McKechnie (Lecturer in Dramaturgy, University of Leeds) explores local hero Alan Bennett’s politics and the way they are expressed through his work. Bennett is not typically seen as a political author and this may be due to his public persona, or his use of humour, sometimes seen as incompatible with taking a political stand. From his early television work, however, Bennett brought those who are ignored or marginalised to our view and has regularly called out privatisation, austerity and disparity in education in his diaries, talks and plays. The roots of these strongly held beliefs lie in his Leeds upbringing, which shall also be a focus of the talk.


There will be an opportunity for discussion in a Q+A afterwards.


 Part of Heritage Open Days


Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Dates Times
Wed 18 Sep 2019 18:00 to 19:00


Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.

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Events at this Venue

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Tue 17 - Wed 18 Sep Eulogy Exhibition
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Wed 18 Sep Alan Bennett - Unexpected Activist
Thu 19 Sep Eulogy Exhibition
Fri 20 Sep Eulogy Exhibition
Sat 21 Sep Code Club



    Calverley Street,
    LS1 3AB



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    Map reference: SE 298338  Lat: 53.79966 Long: -1.54903

    By Car:

    Follow signs for Leeds city centre. On approaching the city, follow signs for the City Loop. The loop road take you past the Library on the right (just after the Town Hall), with the closest car park being The Light.

    By Public Transport:

    From Leeds train station, walk up Park Row to The Headrow. Cross the road and turn left. The Library is next to the Art Gallery on your right, with and outdoor chessboard, outside the entance. There are two entrances - one for disabled access and one via steps.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality