The Little Pie and Priestley Festival 2017. Celebrating the birthday of a great, Bradford born, writer and a meat & potato pie that defied Hitler. #pieandpriestley

19 Jul

Vintage Film and Bus Tour of Bradford Tickets available now from Record Cafe, North Parade! Should be available from Sparrow Bier Cafe soon. Just £15 for film and bus tour. 

Priestely Fest 17 poster4Priestely Fest 17 poster4

Friday 1st September, evening.

Launch of a J.B.Priestley themed beer at:

Salamander Brewery

Glyn will be doing a short talk about Priestley, starting at 18.30. Free entry.


Wednesday 13th September (J.B.Priestley’s birthday).

19.30 for 20.00.

J.B.Priestley Pie and Proud of Bradford Show

Napoleons Casino Bradford

Glyn Watkins presents readings, pictures, stories and Samantha Wass in the role of Annie Parker (I’ve had to listen to hours and hours of all your dreary talk!).

Featuring meat and potato pie and peas (vegetarian alternative available); and a bit of a brass band.

Plus a free £5 bet.

ONLY £10 for the lot!

Call 01274 391820 for tickets.

There is full disability access but the event is restricted to over 18’s only.


Sunday 17th September. 11.00. – 17.00

Vintage Film and Bus Tour of Bradford.

£15 for a film followed by a bus tour. Combined tickets from The Sparrow Bier Cafe or the Record Cafe, North Parade, Bradford.

Starting at 11.00 with a showing of Lost City the BBC’s rarely shown film of  J.B.Priestley’s 1958 visit to Bradford.

At the Pictureville Cinema

Followed by boarding a vintage bus for a tour of Priestley’s birthplace and other sites seen in the film. Including a stop for refreshment at The Mucky Duck Frizinghall, and Bradford Playhouse, where Priestley was president for many years.

The tour will finish by or before 17.00 between the Sparrow and Record on North Parade.


Lost City poster from 1998.

13 Aug

I have just found a poster I created on a Macintosh Plus for a showing of J.B.Priestley’s Lost City, at Pictureville, which I organised for the 9th May, 1998. I have not seen the film since, but the poster has enough details to make it worth reproducing.

Don’t forget that tickets for a showing of this film and a vintage bus tour of various scenes from the film are available for £15 from The Record Cafe ( 01274 723143 ) and Sparrow Bar ( 01274 270772 ). The film will be shown at Pictureville again, starting at 11.00. Sunday 17th Sept.

Lost City 1998 poster2

The 1958 BBC film



SALTBURN PLACE (Where the great man grew up.)

SWAN ARCADE (He worked there, but he couldn’t save it!)

LISTER PARK (Where the brass band played, and there was lots of ‘tiddly om-pom-pom!)

THEATRE ROYAL (Where the great Irving gave “Into your hands O Lord!” and then died at the Midland.)

KIRKGATE MARKET (Pie Toms, the toothless and 6 plates for a dollar!)

EMPIRE THEATRE (Where Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin performed)


J.B.Priestley returns to Bradford, the city of his lost youth. A historically fascinating, evocative and charming film.


Tiny leaflet display amongst the permanent in Hubberholme Church. I used penknife, cable ties & the sense I were born with.

10 Aug

#peoplespie Blue Bell Kettlewell. Another grand boozer. 

10 Aug

#peoplespie. George, Hubberholme. Priestley drank here. Award winning pies. Good beer. 

10 Aug


#peoplespie Hubberholme graveyard where Priestley rests. #pieandpriestley

10 Aug

Vintage Film and Bus Tour Tickets for 17th Sept. now available from Record Cafe and Sparrow. £15 inc. Priestley film about Bradford and a vintage bus ride around things in the film.

7 Aug

Bradford at the setting of the sun. 

1 Aug

Walked around talking about my J.B.Priestley Pie and Proud of Bradford show. Seeing this helps explain why I do.