The end of an era, Mr Bingley?

As Bingley finally frees itself, both literally and figuratively, from the shadow cast by the old Bradford and Bingley building, Lisa Firth reflects on the site’s past – and its future. (First published in The Local Leader magazine)

The doomed love of Branwell Brontë

Who was the “diabolical seducer” blamed for sending Branwell Brontë to an early grave? (First published in The Local Leader magazine)

PRESS RELEASE: “Tales of Old Airedale: A Miscellany” – local writer releases new book

James Berry, the son of a Bradford wool-stapler, held many jobs during his life: beat bobby, boot salesman, pig farmer and even preacher. But it was his gruesome role as

The beautiful mind of Hedy Lamarr

By Lisa Firth Dubbed in her heyday “the most beautiful girl in the world”, actress Hedy Lamarr would be 100 years old this month. She epitomised the sultry femme fatale

Shed Seven are going for gold!

Lisa interviews Rick Witter, lead singer of cult indie band Shed Seven. Rick and the band scored 15 top 40 hits during the golden era of Britpop in the 1990s, with singles including Getting Better, Chasing Rainbows and Going for Gold. (First published in The Local Leader magazine)

Joseph Wright: from donkey boy to Oxford don

Lisa Firth explores the incredible achievements of Thackley-born Joseph Wright, who taught himself to read and went on to become a famous linguist. (First published in The Local Leader magazine)

Carrying on regardless…

Lisa Firth speaks to Dave Hemingway, drummer and vocalist for chart-topping bands The Housemartins and The Beautiful South. Now playing as The South, Dave and the gang will be performing at St George’s Hall in Bradford on 23rd May. (First published in The Local Leader magazine)