new work showcased at Leeds
prize-winning playwright and Leeds graduate Wole Soyinka
(left) will be discussing his new play, King
Baabu, with drama and theatre studies Professor Martin
Banham and West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director,
Jude Kelly at the Creative Cultures conference at the
University in June. Professor Banham and Wole Soyinka
were English students together at the University in the
will be an evening presentation at the West Yorkshire
Playhouse looking at Wole Soyinkas impressive literary
works including poetry to earlier plays.
three-day conference, organised jointly by the University
and Yorkshire Arts, is the culminating event of the Year
of the Artist programme in Yorkshire and aims to explore
the nature of cross-cultural influences on artistic practice.
Each day is structured around a different cultural and
geographical theme, beginning with Africa and the Caribbean,
through South and South-East Asia, and ending with the
focus on Yorkshire.
programme includes talks and debates, with a strong emphasis
on performance. Literature activist, Marcia Hutchinson
and dancer and choreographer David Hamilton will be reporting
back on their research trips to the West Indies, exploring
aspects of language and dance. Choreographer and dancer
Nahid Siddiqui will be presenting a performance based
on the North Indian and Spanish dance styles, Kathak and
Flamenco. There will be a performance by writer Jean ‘Binta’
Breeze and Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage will be
reading from their poetry.
event will see the launch of a new publication Moving
Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, edited
by school of English Professor Shirley Chew and to be
published biannually from the University of Leeds.
further details, see www.arts.org.uk/directory/regions/york/index.html