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Power to the People, Profile of Jenya Stashkov

Power to the People, Profile of Jenya Stashkov

Welcome back to readers of these blogs, after a protracted Christmas and New Year break. As it turned out, although this year we swerved an official lockdown over the festive season, I imagine many of you shared the rather fractured and anxious Christmas I...

Power To The People Reprise of Poet Theologian Hannah Stone

Power To The People Reprise of Poet Theologian Hannah Stone

Poets love sharing their work with readers and audiences; for many of us, it is only when our poetry is heard and experienced by others that it fully becomes alive. Poems just scribbled in a notebook, or saved in a computer file, may be only embryonic. There is an...

Power to the People Profile: John Battle

Power to the People Profile: John Battle

Last week I wrote about the warm welcome I had received at the Poetry and Pizza event, hosted by John Battle. Wherever I go, I hear John’s name mentioned, and without fail it is in connection with community endeavours, which are seeking to support, encourage and...

Profile: Fauzia Khan – Peace Artist

Profile: Fauzia Khan – Peace Artist

Fauzia kindly joined us at a multi faith event in Leeds to share her reflections on the topic of when Religion makes the News and tell us a little about herself and her experiences.   I describe myself as a Peace Artist, as I try to promote peace and tolerance within...

Power to the People – Profile: New Wortley Community Centre

Power to the People – Profile: New Wortley Community Centre

Poetry and Pizza The starving artist in the garret is by no means the only model of the contemporary creative; at New Wortley Community Centre (founded in 1982 to serve the community of the Armley ward area of south Leeds), creative writing is fostered by FOOD! Former...

LCI Director’s Discretionary Fund – Kidz Klub

LCI Director’s Discretionary Fund – Kidz Klub

Every year Leeds Church Institute’s Team decide on a charitable organisation they would like to make a small donation to in line with upholding their values and commitment to stewardship, partnerships and supporting the impact of equality of opportunity in delivering...

Power to the People – Rachel Flint

Power to the People – Rachel Flint

Next up in my series of empowered people who were involved in the Leeds Piano Trail is Rachel Flint. I met Rachel just before lockdown, in March 2020, at the launch of And The Stones Fell Open, the anthology of poetry about poets, prophets and protesters, edited by...

Poetry reading by Diane Pacitti

Poetry reading by Diane Pacitti

We were delighted to have Bronte Poetry Award winner Diane Pacitti join us for poetry and a book club discussion on The Ungrateful Refugee. Here Diane shares some of her poems with us in the context of the themes around the book which are from her anthology, Dark...