the city talking: leeds — issue 31Back
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Issue 31 of The City Talking is out in Leeds now, and available free inside Friday’s edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Merry Christmas from The City Talking!
Our past two December front covers have been illustrated by our good friend, illustrator and street artist TONE. Some people have mulled wine, others have twinkly lights and garland — at The City Talking it’s TONE’s illustrations that get us in the Christmas spirit.
In 2013, it was Chevy Chase; in 2014, Bill Murray. When TONE said he was thinking of Home Alone for 2015, we were sure that we’d get some good ol’ fashioned Macaulay Culkin; but what we didn’t expect was The Wet Bandits.
“It’s an iconic film for me,” said TONE when we spoke to him about the cover in his flat on Eastgate. “I watch it every year and I love it.” We chatted with TONE about his year painting familiar walls of Leeds’ establishments (including our office) and find out where he wants to bring his art in 2016.
Manjit’s Kitchen has a legendary street food status in Leeds, so it can be easy to forget that the story of the horse box finishing up another season as a vendor in Trinity Kitchen begins with a car, a kitchen and a Twitter account. “I’ve missed my home deliveries,” says Manjit Kaur.
A year ago, we decided we wanted to tell the some of the stories of the music scene in Leeds; we began by talking to the people who created it. The result of these conversations is an hour-long documentary featuring some of the artists that transformed the sound in Leeds. In December we invited these individuals, along with some of our friends in the city, to our premiere of the film at Belgrave Music Hall. We’ve included some of the moments from that evening, captured by Leeds photographer Tom Joy. The City Talking: Music in Leeds, Vol.1 is now available to watch in full online on the BBC Music website here.
When we first saw Anna Petrova’s Instagram we felt like we’d been shown a scrap book of photos taken directly from our childhood imaginations. We’re so pleased to be able to publish a few of our favourites in this issue so that you can join us in the magical, Yorkshire landscape she’s captured on her iPhone.
In late November, Leeds College of Art hosted an evening with Giles Deacon, a London-based fashion designer with a northern upbringing and an international career. “In the thirteen years of having my own label I’ve done a lot of interviews,” says Giles. He tells us how he got to be an award-winning designer and takes us on a journey through some of his favourite pieces.
We conclude our December issue with the thoughts of Moscowhite from The Square Ball on Sam Byram and the dreams that never come true at Elland Road, along with an illustration by the always dreamy Joe Gamble.
The City Talking: Leeds issue 31 is free inside the Yorkshire Evening Post this Friday December 18th, and some of the places you’ll visit for sure cheer this Christmas. ••