Pennycress - Leeds International Festival

Saturday 11 May
16:00 - 17:00


Designed to celebrate the often-unsung heroes in Leeds creative industries and beyond, local writer Jenessa Williams presents the first issue of Pennycress, a print anthology of art, illustration and written work created exclusively by Leeds-based People of Colour to address, challenge and explore the controversial question “So, where are you really from?”.


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A Eurasian cruciferous herb, occuring naturally across the world but found to thrive in the North of England due to its iron-rich soil.




A person of colour who champions diversity in the arts, creativity through culture and the ability to slay in the UK without a London postcode. All genders, classes, abilities and sexualities welcome.


To celebrate it’s launch, Jenessa will be in discussion with Pennycress contributors Aderice Palmer-Jones (illustrator and recently-appointed president of Leeds Arts University Union), Naureen Hafeez (Artist and Poet), Otis Robinson (journalist) and Rameez Khawaja (Photographer) about race, social inclusivity and overcoming barriers placed before Northern, ethnic-minority creativities. All genders, ages, races and backgrounds are welcome to attend and take home a free copy of the magazine.

Seated tickets

Saturday 11 May 16:00 - 17:00
Optional £2.00 donation
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