Yesterday was exciting

It was an exciting day for us at the Wur Bradford market stall yesterday.

Jean just about to be interviewed for BBC Radio Leeds

Jean just about to be interviewed for BBC Radio Leeds

First thing, Jean went to BBC Radio Leeds with My Bradford producer Jenny Eels, who made a lovely short documentary video about Wur Bradford to be interviewed about the project and what’s been happening. Everyone there was lovely and it wasn’t too nerve-racking!

You can listen to the interview here
Wur Bradford on BBC Radio Leeds

A dash back to Bradford to open up the stall (thanks for the lift Jen) and a visit from artist Bernie Perfitt who comes regularly to teach our young visitors how to draw and paint.

Bernie, Connie and Ayub

Bernie, Connie and Ayub

Bernie is wonderful with children – so inspiring, patient and positive and our young regulars Concheta and Ayub really enjoyed spending time with her.
She showed Ayub some watercolour techniques, and helped Concheta make a glove puppet.

Ayub getting creative

Ayub getting creative

Intergenerational puppet collaboration with Bernie and Connie

Intergenerational puppet collaboration with Bernie and Connie

Then we had an impromptu visit from award winning writer and comedian Josie Long, who was in Bradford for the day with her Alternative Reality Tour .

The lovely Josie Long

The lovely Josie Long

Josie was absolutely lovely and spent ages in the stall looking around and chatting to people, and was so positive and enthusiastic about the work we’ve been doing in the stall.

How Do We Get Through This? a collective zine on surviving and resisting austerity

How Do We Get Through This? a collective zine on surviving and resisting austerity

She also bought two copies of our collective anti-austerity zine
How Do We Get Through This?
(If you’re interested, you can buy the zine here for £2.50 – from which all proceeds are going to Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank

Later in the afternoon, Josie came back to the stall with some friends, who played some songs in the space – attracting lots of interest from visitors around Kirkgate Market. Thank you so much Grace Petrie and Sam Duckworth for the impromptu gig, what a treat!

Josie introducing Grace

Josie introducing Grace

Here’s Grace doing a bit of Wonderwall as requested by some young people who dropped by.

You can read more about Grace, who is a songwriter, activist and performer – and listen to her performing her own songs on her website here

Josie, Grace, Sam and others were in Bradford for the day as part of a tour they are doing called The Alternative Reality Tour. Each day they turn up in a different town and make something exciting happen, often a gig, to which all are invited.
So later that evening, they did a free packed out gig hosted by our friends Fuse Arts Space

Sam Duckworth performing for us

Sam Duckworth performing for us

We were delighted Josie and team chanced upon us and it was great to see their positive reactions to what we’re doing – they are really lovely people. Good luck to them for the rest of their tour.

Thank you all who made this such a great day for the space!

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