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Author Rommi Smith
Author Rommi Smith


Leeds Lit Fest was delighted to have commissioned ten new and original podcasts for the 2020 Festival which were funded by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.

Five Writer Profiles Podcasts were released in advance of the Festival in March 2020. Each featured a writer working in Leeds and was recorded on location somewhere in the city. In response to their surroundings in that moment, writers talk about the relationship between their own writing and the idea of place.

The series features Malika Booker, Boff Whalley, Rommi Smith (photo by Lizzie Coombes), Seni Seneviratne  and James Nash.

Five further podcasts were recorded during the Festival itself and feature writers leading sessions in the ‘Inspiring the City’ workshop series which include Michael Stewart (Introduction to Screenwriting), Barney Bardsley (Writing Memoir), Clare Fisher (Writing Fiction), Gill Lambert (Writing Poetry), and James Oddy (Writing Non-Fiction).

Each podcast features the writer talking about their preparation for the workshops they led in a range of venues around the city, their own experience in the form, as well as interviews with, and writing by, workshop participants.

All the podcasts are available here as well as various podcast apps. The podcasts are produced by Chapel FM.

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Episode 1:

Malika Booker explores Chapeltown

Episode 2:

Boff Whalley treks the Otley Chevin

Episode 3:

Rommi Smith goes yondering in Kirkgate Market

Episode 4:

Seni Seneviratne conjures her family's past in Holbeck

Episode 5:

 James Nash strolls through the Tiled Hall at Leeds Art Gallery

Episode 6: 

 Michael Stewart: Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop

Episode 7:

Clare Fisher: Fiction Writing Workshop

Episode 8:

Barney Bardsley: Memoir Writing Workshop

Episode 9:

Gill Lambert: Poetry Workshop

Episode 10: 

James Oddy: Non-Fiction Writing Workshop