The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.

About the Society

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, founded in 1819, is a charity that promotes interest in science, literature and the arts – in the city of Leeds and beyond. We have meetings, lectures, entertainments, publications and visits.

Laureate’s Library Tour

Poetry, conversation and a celebration of libraries – a University of Cambridge online event

‘I want to celebrate the physical space of libraries and take my work back into places that have given me so much.’

Join Yorkshireman and Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and special guest Imtiaz Dharker, Cambridge University Library’s former poet-in-residence (previously involved in a Leeds Phil & Lit grant-supported event), to celebrate historic poetry archives in this unique free event live-streamed from the Rare Books Reading Room at Cambridge University Library.


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