In 2011 I took part in East Leeds fm's Literature Festival. Broadcasting a live reading of Tales from American Life, in a 24 hour Readathon, local actors and writers and anyone who loved reading and was mad enough to say yes, took it in turns to read in shifts over the 24 hour period. Plenty of tea and snacks were provided in the Green Room.
As part of the Literature Festival, local writer, Helen Shay was commissioned to write and direct the Radio play, Blood, sweat and Sawdust, which traced the history behind the Methodist Chapel and its founding members. Recording the play live, with a viewing audience also in the Chapel, was a fascinating experience and relatives of characters depicted in the play were present at this premiere, so no pressure then!
Produced by ELfm Director, Peter Spafford.
The crumbling old chapel, once set to be demolished, with the help of so many of the fund raising arts community of West Yorkshire, can now proudly claim to be the first-ever dedicated arts centre in East Leeds, with a regular programme of Radio and live spoken word, theatre and music events.