Opening Times:

The Leeds Library welcomes visitors but we do ask that you make an appointment.

Monday – Wednesday, 09.30-18.00 with the exception of the second Tuesday of every month when the Library opens at 10.00
Thursday, 09.30-19.00
Friday, 09.30-17.00
Saturday, 09.30-13.30

Good Friday, 10th April – Easter Monday, 13th April incl.

May Day, Friday 8th May
Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 25th May

Bank Holiday, Monday 31st August

Christmas. Dates to be announced

Friday 1st, reopening Saturday 2nd

Contact Details:

18 Commercial Street, Leeds

0113 245 3071

Chelping at The Leeds Library

22nd April 2020 - 22nd April 2020

Leeds' popular spoken word poetry night 'Chelping' returns to The Leeds Library for its lucky 13th instalment on Wednesday 22nd April. Known for programming highly-acclaimed acts from around the UK alongside the best Yorkshire-based talent, it also provides opportunities for new writers on the open mic. Guest acts in April are internationally-renowned poet Hollie McNish and Derby-based rising star and sometimes Chelping host Camille McCawley. Chelping is programmed by Nymphs & Thugs founder Matt Abbott who will be compering on the night. Tickets cost £8 (includes admin and booking fee; tickets are non refundable) and are available via the Eventbrite link. Doors open at 7pm. There will be a pay bar on the night. Chelping is supported by Arts@Leeds, part of Leeds City Council. HOLLIE McNISH With fans ranging from Emma Watson, Pink and Benjamin Zephaniah, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She has garnered millions of YouTube views for her online poetry readings and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Hollie McNish is a poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She has published three poetry collections ('Papers', 'Cherry Pie' and 'Plum'), and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, 'Nobody Told Me', of which the Scotsman suggested "the world needs this book" and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. In 2017 'Nobody Told Me' was translated into German, French and Spanish and released in the USA. In 2016 she co-wrote a play 'Offside' with Sabrina Mahfouz, relating the two hundred year history of UK women’s football. Hollie tours continuously all over the UK and Europe and beyond and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide. CAMILLE McCAWLEY Camille is a British poet currently living in Derby. She won the Hidden Voices competition for National Poetry Day and is Slam of the North and Derby Poetry Festival slam champion 2019. She has featured at numerous events and festivals across the country, including Ilkley Fringe Festival and Strawberry Fair. She has supported Matt Abbott, The Unsung with Genevieve Carver and Joelle Taylor. Her poems have appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield and Derby. Camille runs an Introduction to Spoken Word course and master classes at Kurious Arts Writers Hub, Sheffield and is soon to host and organise a monthly scratch and show at the same venue. Camille is the Founder and Director of Wise Talk, a not for profit organisation which aims to make poetry accessible for those from vulnerable backgrounds. OPEN MIC We have 6 open mic slots available on a first come, first served basis. These open mic slots are a maximum of 5 minutes and are open to writers of all backgrounds and abilities. Please note that these go quickly and may have gone by the time you email - apologies in advance to anybody that misses out. To reserve one, please email ASAP. MATT ABBOTT Chelping programmer Matt Abbott is a poet, educator and activist from Wakefield. His debut poetry collection 'Two Little Ducks' accompanied his one-man show of the same name, which earned 5* reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and on a UK theatre tour in 2018. His debut kids' poetry collection 'A Hurricane in my Head' was published by Bloomsbury in July and was a selected title for National Poetry Day. Matt runs the UK's leading spoken word record label, Nymphs & Thugs, and fronts alternative indie act Skint & Demoralised.

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Wednesday 22nd April 2020 - 07:30pm