Consulting Slam Producer: Leeds Young Authors
Leeds Young Authors (LYA) was founded in 2003 by Khadijah Ibrahiim, performance poet and playwright, as an approach to creative education to promote positive social dialogue through the written and spoken word among young people of High School age (ages 13-19), primarily in the City of Leeds. Leeds Young Authors runs creative writing projects out-of-school and in schools to nurture and develop youth talent, to encourage socially inclusive engagement, and to promote the benefits that good writing skills can afford today’s youth in their personal, professional and academic lives. LYA gives young people the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities as confident writers, live performers and as essential contributors to the literary continuum. LYA’s active literary and literacy culture drives learning, leadership, critical thinking, cultural diversity and self-esteem forward to create more open and engaged young people.
Venue Partner: West Yorkshire Playhouse
West Yorkshire Playhouse is a busy theatre located in Leeds City Centre. It has established a national and international reputation, providing both a thriving focal point for the communities of West Yorkshire and theatre of the highest standard for audiences throughout the region and beyond. West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of the most successful major producing theatres in Britain with an original and vibrant programme that includes plays, musicals, concerts, conferences and educational projects. The Playhouse regularly collaborates with other major regional producing theatres and companies. The West Yorkshire Playhouse Arts Development department works with communities, individuals and educational groups across Leeds and West Yorkshire.