The Poetry of Food (Leeds)

About the course 

Food is more than just sustenance – it’s one way we build community, coming together and sharing parts of ourselves. From ancient times sharing stories over meat on an open fire through to the modern sensibilities of fine dining and small plates, food is how we celebrate, how we mourn, how we socialise, and how we survive. 

These two one-off sessions with Leeds Writer In Residence Jem Henderson are about the poetry of food, examining how we can write about food in ways that allow us to explore our histories, our culture and ourselves. You are welcome to come to one or both sessions. 

About the tutor 

Jem Henderson is the Creative Future 2024 Leeds Writer In Residence. Jem is a genderqueer poet from Leeds, and a 2021 Creative Future Writers’ Award winner. Their work focuses on the body, motherhood, food, queerness and on triumph over trauma, playing with both traditional forms and experimental poetry. an othered mother, their first pamphlet, is out with Nine Pens Press. Their first collaborative project Genderfux came out in 2022 with Nine Pens Press, and a new collaborative collection with Chris Campbell, small plates, is out now with Broken Sleep Books. 

Who is it for? 

These workshops are for people from working class and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Creative Future does not require proof you meet this criteria. 

Dates & Time 

Tuesday 21 & 28 May, 6:00 – 7:45pm 

About the venue 

Harehills Road
Leeds LS8 5HS 


You can see our full access commitments here. Please add any additional requirements when booking. 

Please get in touch if you have particular needs we can try and accommodate on [email protected] or 01273 234 780 (Tuesdays only or voicemail). This can include: 

  • disabled access 
  • help with travel costs 
  • help with childcare costs 


  • Standard Ticket – (£2.50/session) 
  • Carer Ticket – £0 

How to book


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Tuesday 21st May £2.50
Tuesday 28th May £2.50
Carer Ticket £0.00

Registration Information

Registration Criteria

Our workshops are for artists and writers who are underrepresented. We work with those who feel they lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity, or other social circumstances. Please select all from the list below that apply to you.

mental health issue
Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or other global majority background
physical disability
long-term limiting illness
sensory impairment
learning disability/dyslexia/dyspraxia
working class background
substance misuse issue


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