Writing Britain: Leeds is a short spoken word film that was developed by a group of young people from Leeds in 2012. The group were challenged to create lyrical rhymes and a spoken word film that explores the relationship between language and sense of place. The film is set in locations close to the young people’s hearts, and includes line after line of effortless wordplay, exploring their dreams, beliefs and the choices faced by young people in the city at the moment.
The film has been developed as part of the Writing Britain: Leeds exhibition which celebrates the use of the Yorkshire landscape in literature (4 December 2012 – 30 January 2013). This is an extension of Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, the major London 2012 exhibition recently shown at the British Library.
The British Library is working with four libraries across England to bring collection items to the regions, through the Writing Britain project, generously funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project includes an exhibition in each of the venues, as well as new works from youth engagement projects run by each city library.
The other exhibitions will take place at:
Newcastle City Library: 1 February 2013 - 31 July 2013
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library: 9 February 2013 - 25 February 2013
Bristol Central Library: 4 March 2013 - 27 April 2013