Writers Don’t Come From Leeds

This year I was honoured to be asked to contribute to Northern Dreaming – a collection of poetry and stories.

Northern Dreaming is a book that is to be gifted to babies born in Leeds in 2023.

But it can be enjoyed by all, as it is available to listen to on Spotify.

My story – aimed at children aged 9+ – is called Writers Don’t Come From Leeds.

It is a short autobiographical story about how I struggled with reading and writing confidence as a child, but, with the help of Leeds United, the city’s libraries and others in Leeds, I joined other writers who are definitely from Leeds.

I hope it will be useful for Leeds children to listen to. Especially those who struggle a bit with reading and writing confidence.

You can listen to my story here.



The Barnbow Lasses

AIso available is a 3 part story, set in First World War Leeds, funded by Leeds School Library Service to mark Remembrance Day, suitable for years 5-8.

Chapter 1 – download here or watch me reading it here.

Chapter 2 – download here or watch me reading it here.

Chapter 3 – download here or watch me reading it here.

There are more resources I’ve produced with Leeds School Library Service here.

And there are lots more stories for children set in Yorkshire including my own Defenders series.




Writing about Leeds:


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