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Go to Leeds' Kirkgate Market and you might end up in a novel


Young writers-in-residence have set up a Saturday stall to spin yarns, poems and drama from anything you care to share with them. Organiser Adam Lowe tells more

Leeds' Kirkgate Market is alive with movement and trade. Real life stories are passed across the counter with a handful of change and a bag of potatoes. From the buying and selling of goods to the exchange of greetings.

From people sharing news, information and brief moments of kindness, to the swish of hips and the drum of feet as shoppers create a choreography of human traffic. Now the city's young writers are here too - and in the wider market for personal insights, no matter how small.

Until 11 August, Kirkgate Market's young writers in residence have set up shop in the grand old building to listen to your stories of the city we all love. Discover our stall between 11am and 5pm every Saturday and have a chat and a biscuit with our young writers. We will be handing out free tote bags and conducting interviews throughout our time in the stall. Sign our guestbook, or leave your messages and memories about the market on our Wall of Stories. We can even write you on-the-spot poems as gifts and birthday presents.

Finally, you can join us from 2pm on Saturday 11 August for our grand finale, which will feature live performances from our young writers, a griots' chorus , and an imaginative tour of Kirkgate that treads different eras and cultures.

This will be your chance to meet popular characters throughout history, such as Prince Alemayehu and a certain famous Mr Marks, long before he met his friend Mr Spencer. You will be invited to drink tea with the Spice Woman, walk back in time in someone else's shoes, help a historian with his beauty regime, and light incense for all those who have come to the market and all those who have left.

2012 is the year of the Olympics and the Royal Jubilee. But Leeds won't be left out. Join us for our Kirkgate Jubilympics and we can all go down in history. 2012 is our year too.

The finale will last approximately 45 minutes, beginning at 2pm, with time afterwards to explore the story-based installations which pop up around the market. Please join us at the Vicar Lane entrance in the 1904 Hall five minutes before each show starts.

To Market, To Market is a DLS Enterprises project commissioned by imove, part of Yorkshire's contribution to the 2012 Olympics. It has been funded by the Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England.

Adam Lowe is a writer, publisher and live artist from Leeds. His website is here.

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