Since launching in April 2018, Chelping at The Leeds Library has firmly established itself as the leading spoken word poetry night in Leeds. Taking place in the stunning 251-year-old subscription library, the event has consistently attracted nationally acclaimed poets from around the UK.
The tenth event takes place on Wednesday 25 September with guests Hannah Lowe and John Darwin and compered by Matt Abbott. Emerging local poets can take part in an open mic section which offers them the opportunity to perform alongside writers of outstanding calibre meaning that Chelping lies firmly in the heart of Leeds’ poetry and spoken word family.
Guest performers at previous Chelping events have included multi-award winning and internationally renowned poets such as Sabrina Mahfouz, Joelle Taylor, Toby Campion and Theresa Lola.
Carl Hutton, CEO of the Leeds Library said, “When we started Chelping we wanted it to be something completely different. Chelping is innovative in that it gives some of the best spoken word artists in Yorkshire and the UK a platform to perform in a truly unique and amazing space. Headliners regularly come from London, Glasgow and the Midlands and perform alongside the best of Yorkshire’s talent. The Library is a perfect venue for high quality literary events and Chelping has proved it is also a place which audiences love returning to time and again.”
Matt Abbott said, “Being invited to programme Chelping was a huge honour for me. I’m fortunate enough to have contacts around the UK, and to be able to invite them to perform in Leeds is a real privilege. Leeds is thriving right now and folk need to experience it!”