Thursday 23 November 2023

Writing on Air Festival 2023


This year is the 7th year of the festival put on by Chapel FM Arts Centre in East Leeds and includes 80 programmes, live events and workshops. The event involves more than 200 actors, musicians and other performers from Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond. This year’s festival has the theme of Missing and runs for seven days Nov 24 to December 3rd. See the full programme   here

The festival kicks of with the launch of its first-ever literature publication, the anthology “Missing”, which includes a piece I wrote.


Our team, Chapel FM’s longest-running radio show THE DELI established in 2012, features twice in the festival and is billed as including new writing and witty banter. The first programme is a pre-record of an earlier programme. The second programme rounds off the event with a live broadcast of the Deli and is billed as our first-ever show in the radio theatre “Expect original poetry, music, and zany humour”. Well, the audience will be the judge of that!


“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...