Writing Britain: Leeds

Writing Britain was a national project, generously funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which saw the British Library work in partnership with four city libraries across England: Bristol City Library, Leeds Central Library, Newcastle Central Library and Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

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Writing Britain: Leeds is a series of short spoken word films developed by a group of young people from Leeds in 2012-13 as part of the project. 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.

In 2013-14, the young writers were given the opportunity to learn more about filmmaking and create their own short films reflecting their aspirations and time growing up in Leeds. Three of the films were unveiled at the Everyman Cinema in Trinity Leeds. In May-June 2014, BBC3 Fresh selected these films to be showcased on their site which promotes the work of budding filmmakers.

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