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Sewing machinists

The Woman on the Hill

Like many West Yorkshire and Lancashire towns, Hebden Bridge is steeped in the history of textile industry. This small town in the Calder valley specialised in producing fustian cloths, densely woven tough cotton cloths, with a pile or napped surface

Sewing machinists

The Woman on the Hill

Like many West Yorkshire and Lancashire towns, Hebden Bridge is steeped in the history of textile industry. This small town in the Calder valley specialised in producing fustian cloths, densely woven tough cotton cloths, with a pile or napped surface

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Craftivism: Changing our world one stitch at a time, Sarah Corbett

So, what on earth is Craftivism? Sarah Corbett, Founder of the London-based Craftivist Collective in 2008, tells us it’s a form of activism using craft to get the message across. Despite sounding rather benign, it is actually a clever and

Barbed

Craftivism: Changing our world one stitch at a time, Sarah Corbett

So, what on earth is Craftivism? Sarah Corbett, Founder of the London-based Craftivist Collective in 2008, tells us it’s a form of activism using craft to get the message across. Despite sounding rather benign, it is actually a clever and

Rowson haiti cartoon

Martin Rowson, Hung, Drawn And Quartered

Martin Rowson, Guardian editorial cartoonist, is a very angry man. He is angry at the injustice he sees everyday in the world, and at the powerlessness of the ordinary person. That’s why he does what he does. He calls himself

Rowson haiti cartoon

Martin Rowson, Hung, Drawn And Quartered

Martin Rowson, Guardian editorial cartoonist, is a very angry man. He is angry at the injustice he sees everyday in the world, and at the powerlessness of the ordinary person. That’s why he does what he does. He calls himself

Connections at Hay Festival

I have just come back from my first Hay on Wye Book festival after years of wanting to go.  It was made possible by a friend and her daughter, and a rather beautiful yurt on the banks of the Wye. I’m

Connections at Hay Festival

I have just come back from my first Hay on Wye Book festival after years of wanting to go.  It was made possible by a friend and her daughter, and a rather beautiful yurt on the banks of the Wye. I’m

Lynn Barber In Conversation – Ilkley LitFest

Lynn Barber’s reputation precedes her; there is a noticeable excitement in the room, the expectation of shocking tales and revelations.  We are gripped even before she comes in. After nearly 50 years in the business of interviewing hundreds of celebrities,

Lynn Barber In Conversation – Ilkley LitFest

Lynn Barber’s reputation precedes her; there is a noticeable excitement in the room, the expectation of shocking tales and revelations.  We are gripped even before she comes in. After nearly 50 years in the business of interviewing hundreds of celebrities,

Bonnie Greer: Parallel Lives – Ilkley LitFest

Poet Rommi Smith gives Bonnie Greer a breathtaking introduction.  This tiny giant of a woman has a list of credentials to rival any great.  Author, playwright, actor, even OBE we know, but also writer of Opera and Musical, Chancellor of

Bonnie Greer: Parallel Lives – Ilkley LitFest

Poet Rommi Smith gives Bonnie Greer a breathtaking introduction.  This tiny giant of a woman has a list of credentials to rival any great.  Author, playwright, actor, even OBE we know, but also writer of Opera and Musical, Chancellor of

Ian Mortimer: Centuries of Change – Ilkley LitFest

At the end of 1999,  when someone who might have been Fiona Bruce said the new millennium marked the end of the century of greatest change, Ian Mortimer pricked up his ears. Was it the century of greatest change? How

Ian Mortimer: Centuries of Change – Ilkley LitFest

At the end of 1999,  when someone who might have been Fiona Bruce said the new millennium marked the end of the century of greatest change, Ian Mortimer pricked up his ears. Was it the century of greatest change? How

Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice by David Kynaston – Ilkley LitFest

“Whose book was Tony Hancock struggling to read in the Hancock episode Bedsitter in 1961*?” asks David Kynaston in a surprise quiz of obscure facts from the era of his book. This capacity crowd of 50-60-70- somethings has no trouble

Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice by David Kynaston – Ilkley LitFest

“Whose book was Tony Hancock struggling to read in the Hancock episode Bedsitter in 1961*?” asks David Kynaston in a surprise quiz of obscure facts from the era of his book. This capacity crowd of 50-60-70- somethings has no trouble

Lynne Segal: Out of Time, The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing – Ilkley LitFest

“How old am I? Don’t ask, don’t tell. The question frightens me.”  The opening of Lynne Segal’s latest book, Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing, read to a predominantly, but not exclusively, female crowd, resonated with many

Lynne Segal: Out of Time, The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing – Ilkley LitFest

“How old am I? Don’t ask, don’t tell. The question frightens me.”  The opening of Lynne Segal’s latest book, Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing, read to a predominantly, but not exclusively, female crowd, resonated with many

Will Self: Shark – Ilkley LitFest

The promise of an hour’s talk on how hoteliers try to distract their guests from the revolting thought of previous, nefarious use of the bed they are sleeping in, was not, I would hazard,  what the audience was expecting.  Will Self

Will Self: Shark – Ilkley LitFest

The promise of an hour’s talk on how hoteliers try to distract their guests from the revolting thought of previous, nefarious use of the bed they are sleeping in, was not, I would hazard,  what the audience was expecting.  Will Self

Hilary and Steven Rose: Molecularisation of Biology and Commodification of Us – Ilkley LitFest

The playhouse is packed, the audience are full of tea and cake, and Hilary and Steven Rose enter to enthusiastic applause. Hilary Rose, feminist sociologist of science and social policy, and her husband Steven, neuroscientist, are here to discuss their

Hilary and Steven Rose: Molecularisation of Biology and Commodification of Us – Ilkley LitFest

The playhouse is packed, the audience are full of tea and cake, and Hilary and Steven Rose enter to enthusiastic applause. Hilary Rose, feminist sociologist of science and social policy, and her husband Steven, neuroscientist, are here to discuss their

The Poetry Army – Heathcote Williams – Square Chapel

Poetry Army, by Heathcote Williams Square Chapel, Halifax As seats are taken at the Square Chapel in Halifax for the performance of Heathcote Williams’ Poetry Army, no-one is quite sure what to expect.  The stage is bare, save for a

The Poetry Army – Heathcote Williams – Square Chapel

Poetry Army, by Heathcote Williams Square Chapel, Halifax As seats are taken at the Square Chapel in Halifax for the performance of Heathcote Williams’ Poetry Army, no-one is quite sure what to expect.  The stage is bare, save for a