Sewing and Stories @ Compton Road Library, Leeds [6 March]

Sewing and Stories


19
06
March
10:00 - 17:00

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Compton Road Library
Harehills Lane, LS9 6 Leeds
Come join celebrated poet Malika Booker as she takes over Compton Road Library for a full day of Sewing and Stories celebrating the impact of Windrush women on Yorkshire’s rich textiles heritage.

Replacing tomes with tapestries, Booker invites you to grab a biscuit and a cup of tea and bring your own stories to the worktable to be weaved into a colourful community quilt. Booker will be performing newly commissioned poetry created in response to the British Library’s exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land live on the day.

Inspired by the exhibition’s highlighting of British-Trinidadian fabric designer Althea McNish, Booker has been working to unravel the history of Caribbean textiles in Leeds and understand what
influence it has had on the industry and community.

During her residency at Compton Road Library, Booker has built relationships with the local sewing and knitting groups, and hosted events in collaboration with local textiles artist Carol Sorhaindo to
develop her creative research within the community. This final take-over will bring together and celebrate the stories at its core through a hands-on day of crafting, adding the final patches to the
community quilt before it’s displayed in the library.

This event has been created as part of Poet in the City and the British Library’s project Collections in Verse working with Leeds Libraries, poets and communities to bring the British Library’s exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land to life in Leeds.
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