The Sunday Practise - Festival Edition - Leeds International Festival
#LEEDSINTFEST 2 - 12 MAY, 2019

5, 7, 8, 12 May
Various times

The Sunday Practise – Festival Edition

Join this festival edition of The Sunday Practise as we highlight the North’s creative gems through film, performance and workshops.

The Sunday Practise (TSP) has been running over the past 5 years now, as a creative hub for those putting pen to paper, and performing, in and around Leeds. They now run the most established spoken word and live music night in Leeds, hosted by renowned poet and playwright Khadijah Ibrahiim, alongside guests both local and international.

Join this special Leeds International Festival edition of The Sunday Practise, as we highlight the North’s prolific creative gems, through film, performance and workshops with industry practitioners.

This Festival Edition includes a variety of events for all:

The Sunday Practise at the Sela Bar

Experience a true staple of the Leeds arts scene and the warm Northern hug that is The Sunday Practise by catching us at our regular Sela Bar residence. House band Purple Lychee Collective will be providing sweet, jazzy sounds in accompaniment. Live music, spoken word, open mic – #characterswelcome !

Writing for Publication workshop with Jacqueline Crooks

We partner with Peepal Tree Press (a wholly independent publishing company based in Leeds, part of the crucial independent sector outside London), to bring you ‘Writing for Publication’.

‘Writing for Publication’ is a workshop facilitated by poet Jacqueline Crooks, whose work has been published broadly, from Virago and Granta. Bring along existing work (or just a pen and paper) to this workshop, where you will explore different literary devices that work well for the page, and learn about different strategies for getting published – from someone with first-hand experience of the trials and tribulations of being, and becoming, an author.

Film Club

The Sunday Practise Film Club will also screen 5 short poetry-related films commissioned by the BBC, roundhouse and other reputable organisations. Each of the Shorts either feature, or have been directed by, Northern talent. We have invited a few of the film directors, including Zodwa Nyoni, Jamal Gerald and Alfie Barker, for a panel discussion and Q&A at Leeds Central Library with Studio 12.

The Sunday Practise at L19 Cube – main event

We will end this series of events with a main show, featuring live music from local bands and performance from national and international writers and poets. Bands, singers and rappers will be invited to play live sets throughout the day between talks, a drumming workshop and other, family-friendly activities. There will also be stalls offering live art, henna and books. The evening show will present an array of Northern talent from Leeds to Manchester, with the feature poet still to be confirmed.

Head down to the L19 Cube at The Tetley for one final party!

Event partners

The Sunday Practise at the Sela Bar

Sunday 5 May 19:00 - 23:00
Free (no tickets required)
Sela Bar

Writing for Publication with Jacqueline Crooks

Tuesday 7 May 18:00 - 20:30
Free (tickets required)
Peepal Tree Press

The Sunday Practise Film Club

Wednesday 8 May 17:00 - 19:00
Leeds Central Library

The Sunday Practise at L19 Cube

Sunday 12 May 12:00 - 21:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Film Club & Main Event (L19 Cube) Ticket

Sunday 12 May 12:00 - 21:00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

Any age restrictions: 18+ for publication workshop


Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds of Jamaican parentage. Hailed as one of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets by BBC Radio, she has appeared alongside the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lemn Sissay and Benjamin Zephaniah.

She is a literary activist, researcher, educator and Artistic director of Leeds Young Authors. Educated at the University of Leeds, she has a BA Honours in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and a MA in Theatre Studies. In 2013 she was amongst several poets invited to Buckingham palace, where the Queen and Duke honoured the work of Contemporary British poetry. Her writing has been supported through Inscribe.

Jacqueline Crooks is a Jamaican-born British writer. She writes stories about migration and sub-cultures.

She has a BSc (Hons, 1st) from Roehampton University and an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University.
She is the recipient of an Arts Council England Individual Artist award for her writing.

Jacqueline’s stories have been published by Peepal Tree Press, Woven Tale Press, Virago, Granta, Mslexia and Vanguard Readings.

Jacqueline’s debut collection, The Ice Migration, is published by Peepal Tree Press and is available from Amazon. Read her article in Pride Magazine: here

She is also listed in the Breaking Ground list of the best British Writers of Colour –

She is working on a Mash-Up Memoir, a novel using elements of life writing, fiction, and music.

In 2014, I won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme with my play, Boi Boi is Dead; and was made Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I was put up for the award by Alex Chisholm, then Literary Associate at the Playhouse.

The residency allows for a writer to develop their practice with the support from the literary department. Each residency is tailored to suit the writer’s needs. At the time of my appointment I’d recently graduated from my MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds University. I had a body of work in theatre, radio and film which had been written during my course or been commissioned by Freedom Studios and WYP.

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious, a celebration of individuality and focuses on identity and lived experiences. Mostly making the type of work that he wants to see. Trying to make sure that each piece he creates is a different form to the one he made before. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. Jamal started off his career with Leeds Young Authors; a creative writing and performance group for the ages of 13-19. With Leeds Young Authors, he has competed in poetry slam competitions nationally and in the USA. One of the competitions being ‘Brave New Voices’.

He has made work in many different forms, such as a solo show where he shares autobiographical stories about being black and gay, to having one-to-one conversations about privilege, to stripping down to his underwear in the city centre of Leeds in a short film, and an interactive performance where he puts words in people’s mouths. In 2016, he nationally toured his first solo show ‘FADoubleGOT’. He was also a co-deviser and performer for the critically acclaimed ‘Putting Words in Your Mouth’, which premiered at the Roundhouse in November 2016; it was devised and directed by Scottee.

In 2018, he was commissioned by Transform and Theatre in the Mill, to make a new show called ‘Idol’, which will premiere at Transform 19 in Leeds. Jamal’s work has also been shown at SPILL Festival of Performance, Leeds Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican.

Alfie is a 22 year old writer and director.

He recently directed, produced and edited TV mini-series “PRESENT TENSE” that is currently in post-production.

Last year he premiered his latest short, I WAS 3 starring KATIE JARVIS (Fish Tank) at the BFI.  It was then chosen as a finalist for the Sundance Ignite Competition and won Best Film at Cinemagic Film Festival. His upcoming project was developed with Creative England’s ShortFLIX and is due to be shot in 2019.

Alfie is an alumni of the BFI Film Academy graduating from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Talent Campus, director of short film BEEN A RIOT.