Sat 29 February 2020 - Tue 2 March 2021
Podcast #2: Boff Whalley treks Otley Chevin
Leeds Lit Fest is delighted to have commissioned ten new and original podcasts for the 2020 Festival funded by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.
There are 5 writer profiles. Each of these podcasts features a writer currently working in Leeds and has been recorded on location somewhere in the city. In response to their surroundings in that moment, the featured writers talk about the relationship between their own writing and the idea of place.
Boff Whalley was born in Lancashire. He worked as a postman and supermarket shelf-stacker and dropped out of various colleges before starting a band with friends in the Thatcher era. After 25 years of recording and touring with Chumbawamba, Boff started to write music for theatre, coupling it with scriptwriting and choir-leading.
He has written several touring plays for Red Ladder Theatre and has written large-scale musicals with residents of two East Leeds estates, performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is working this year with Cardboard Citizens Theatre, the Welsh National Opera, and with Edinburgh Fringe winner Daniel Bye on a show about running.
He has published two books (‘Footnote’ and ‘Run Wild’), writes for various magazines, and is currently working with comedian Mark Thomas on a ‘New, Improved National Anthem’. He is currently writing a biography of notorious punk fell running champion Gary Devine.
Free to listen. Click on the link here.