Reviews

Bab Tooma – Tastes of Syria

The brightly lit interior of Bab Tooma was welcoming on a dismal autumn evening. The restaurant has had a complete make over, following its many years serving curry as Nawab. The Middle Eastern motif includes beautiful coloured glass lamps, fabric covered benches and sturdy wooden tables. We were quickly seated. A carafe of fresh water […] Leeds Living …


Long Division – It’s Great to be Back!

It was great that the Long Division festival had returned and I could discover more of the City of Wakefield and its music venues.  The Festival felt bigger this year and it was so nice to see it had attracted a wide spectrum of genres and age groups; although it was easy to spot the […] Leeds Living …


Slam Dunk North Festival 2021

After what’s been a rocky road of having to cancel and then postpone the festival, FutureSoundsknew there were big expectations from Slam Dunk fanatics for this year’s event, and boy did they deliver the goods. Previously held in the City Centre of Leeds across various venues, Slam Dunk is “the UK’s biggest independent Rock Festival” […] Leeds Living …


HOLST: SAVITRI; AT THE BOAR’S HEAD

Leeds Opera Festival – NORTHERN OPERA GROUP – at Morley Town Hall on 28 August. Gustav Holst’s presence on concert hall programmes has been in sharp decline ever since the death of his indefatigable champion, daughter Imogen, in 1984. Nowadays, his reputation rests again where it began, over a hundred years ago, with nothing but […] Leeds Living …


Mr Su’s Dumplings and Noodles

From the outside, Mr Su’s dumplings and noodles is an unassuming eatery. Even on the inside, the restaurant is not overly decorated, apart from the wall art which harks back to the restaurant’s Asian roots. My sister and I were on a walk around the City when we decided we needed some tasty fuel to […] Leeds Living …



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 …