A BITTERSWEET teenage memoir, a rugby legend in dialog, some free-style jazz and the story of an unlikely Buddhist retreat are among the many line-up for the opening weekend of this 12 months’s Bradford Literature Competition.
The competition is again, after going totally digital final 12 months, with a Covid-safe programme. Working from tomorrow to Sunday, July 4, half the events are in metropolis centre venues and outside places and the opposite half are on-line.
“After a completely digital version in 2020, we’re extremely excited to carry BLF again into a few of the bodily areas for which it was conceived,” says competition director Syima Aslam. “We owe quite a lot of because of the Tradition Restoration Fund. We have now enormously missed venues such because the debating chamber at Metropolis Corridor and our beloved gothic Waterstones bookshop within the Wool Alternate, and we are able to’t wait to fill them with inspiring, thought-provoking dialog.”
With greater than 220 audio system and over 100 occasions, there’s rather a lot to pack in over the subsequent week. Company embody Bradford-born TV presenter Anita Rani, discussing her coming-of-age memoir The Proper Type of Woman, best-selling writer Caitlin Moran and acclaimed youngsters’s novelist Michael Rosen.
There are guided excursions of the Bronte Stones path, from Thornton to Haworth, historic Undercliffe Cemetery, and a Jewish heritage stroll in Manningham. And there are occasions marking vital anniversaries this 12 months, together with the 2001 Bradford riots, the 9/11 terrorist assaults and the fifth anniversary of the demise of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.
Listed here are some competition highlights for the opening weekend:
* TOMORROW: Jacqueline Wilson: The Runaway Women. For over 30 years, the favored youngsters’s writer has delighted readers together with her tales of Tracy Beaker. In an on demand occasion, from 9am, Jacqueline talks about her newest coming-of-age journey, The Runaway Women.
* The Blood Divide: Creator AA Dhand in dialog, Waterstones, 7pm. The Bradford crime author discusses his new page-turner, The Blood Divide, taking a journey from Delhi’s pink mild district to India’s demilitarised zones.
* SATURDAY JUNE 26: The Secret Diary of a British Muslim Aged 13 3/4 – Tez Ilyas in dialog, Midland Resort, 1.30pm. Rising comedy star Tez shares humorous and touching tales from his teenage memoir, chronicling the challenges of rising up British-Asian Muslim in post-Thatcher Blackburn.
* The right way to Cease Facism – with Paul Mason, Midland Resort, 4.30pm. Paul shares his views in regards to the rise of the far-right, from Trump and the Capitol Hill riots to the Covid chaos left within the wake of Brazil’s conspiracy-theorist chief Bolsonaro.
* David Lascelles: A Hare-Marked Moon, Waterstones, 7pm. The Earl of Harewood shares the outstanding true story behind a rare assembly of cultures that resulted within the Harewood Stupa, a Buddhist retreat based within the grounds of Harewood Home.
* Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: In Dialog, St George’s Corridor, 3pm. Shaykh discusses his newest e-book Travelling House: Essays on Islam in Europe.
* SUNDAY JUNE 27: Masle Masail, Kala Sangam, 1pm. This women-only occasion presents a chance to hunt recommendation on Islamic issues from an skilled feminine scholar.
* Mehfil-e-Milad, Kala Sangam, 3pm. A women-only afternoon of devotional efficiency that includes singer Shabnam Khan.
* Ellery Hanley in Dialog, St George’s Corridor, 6pm. The rugby league legend displays on a profession that noticed him captain and coach Nice Britain. Now the chairman of the Man of Metal panel, Ellery shares his views on the sport right now.
* Saima Mir: The Khan, Waterstones, 7pm. Former Telegraph & Argus journalist Saima discusses her debut novel, a gritty thriller by which crime, justice and household combine with explosive penalties.
* Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic, The Studio, 7pm. Award-winning writer, poet and musician Anthony delivers a efficiency spanning spoken phrase, literature and improvised jazz celebrating his experimental new novel a few Trinidadian wannabe writer whose long-delayed e-book begins to magically write itself.
* Stonehenge and the Durrington Shafts, The Studio, 2.30pm. A panel of trade consultants, together with historians and archaeologists, talk about the historic and cultural influence of a circle of deep shafts lately found close to Stonehenge which modified our understanding of Neolithic life. Dubbed the ‘Durrington Shafts’, this mysterious discover dates again greater than 4,000 years and was labelled the most important prehistoric construction ever to be unearthed in Britain – however what was its function?
* For tickets go to bradfordlitfest.co.uk