- This event has passed.
A Biography of Yorkshire with Rick Broadbent
October 11 @ 18:30 – 21:00
As part of the 2023 Farsley Literature Festival, join us in the shop to hear Rick Broadbent in conversation about Now Then.
Written from the perspective of an exiled Yorkshire-man this bestselling, award winning author returns to his native county to discover and reveal, its soul.
Now Then is a biographical mosaic of Yorkshire. Broadbent, goes in search of the soul of England’s biggest county and produces an all-encompassing portrait of a place that has been victimised and stereotyped since the days of Williams the Conqueror. Incorporating social history, memoir, reportage and author interviews, Now Then paints a picture of what it means to be from Yorkshire – both now and back then.
Now Then is not a hagiography and Broadbent visits devastated mining communities, an inner-city homeless shelter and the county’s most isolated sheep farm, as well as examining the truth about well-known Yorkshire figures and institutions. From the Bronte sisters and Marks & Spencer to the Yorkshire pudding, accent and Ripper, this is a funny, wise and searching account of the county that gave the world its first football club and its last witch-burning. Ultimately, this is an affectionate but unsparing look at a county, its people and their flinty vowels. It is about the real Yorkshire and its daily life, as well as Dracula and Geoffrey Boycott.