Reviews

Leeds Poetry Festival

Between July 19th and 25th, Leeds was treated to a week of poetry and spoken word, thanks to Leeds Poetry Festival. The Festival, which included open mic nights, performances by local poets and performers, and workshops, was hosted at venues across the City. I attended a couple of the events to get a feel for […] Leeds Living …



Newton Faulkner – Character, Connection and Charisma

It was a very different kind of gig, having everyone seated at The Wardrobe on 30 May, but it came with some great advantages for singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner and his fans. As the photographer there for Leeds Living, I was unexpectedly asked to write some words, and the difference between a pre-COVID gig and this […] Leeds Living …



JAMROCK – brighten up winter with a taste of the Caribbean

When it’s cold and dark it’s good to be reminded of sunshine. It is no coincidence that the BBC schedules Death in Paradise, set on a Caribbean island, for January. It was a similar mindset that drew me to the pink neon of JAMROCK, the new Caribbean restaurant and bar on Calls Lane.  On entering, I imagined friends sipping rum cocktails at […] Leeds Living …


Opera North’s La Petite Boheme

On the face of it, the prospect of the shortest of La Bohème’s four Acts, at just a little over twenty minutes, and in animation at that, would seem of limited appeal. After all, we miss the youthful Act I, the humour and intricate slapstick of denying the landlord his rent at its centre, and […] Leeds Living …


Sela Bar at Home

With restaurants in Leeds closed to eat-in diners owing to COVID restrictions, many have continued to offer takeaway meals. Some have also started offering DIY restaurant kits, providing a fun date night idea or a great way to celebrate at home. I have enjoyed a few takeaways over the last few months, but I hadn’t […] Leeds Living …



Fidelio, Opera North Live-Stream

Despite a somewhat fragmented production, and while lacking the magic of live theatre, the beauty and spirit of Beethoven’s great opera come across clearly in this performance. Opera North live-streamers gathered together (albeit separately) once again on Saturday 12 December for a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio. This performance, rather than being a fully-staged opera, was a […] Leeds Living …


Thai Aroy Dee: If you know, you know

In normal times, the four walls of Thai Aroy Dee are nothing short of a haven. Surrounded by twinkling lights, strips of tinsel (present all year) the scraping of wooden chairs and the happy shouts of fellow diners nearing the end of their second bottle of Sainsbury’s own prosecco, this is the place for joyful […] Leeds Living …