BBC Radio Leeds

Creative Lives On Air (formerly Up for Arts) began at BBC Radio Leeds in February 2020. BBC Radio Leeds inspires listeners to get involved via Up for Arts Thursday, hosted by Mid Morning presenter Gayle Lofthouse who assembles, with great enthusiasm, all manner of projects in the studio with the help of many a local creative expert, find out more here. BBC Radio Leeds also feature Get Creative sessions on the Sunday Mid Morning show where singers, pianists, writers, actors, animators and artists talk about their craft and encourage listeners to have a go themselves. 

Make a Difference: Short Stories

BBC Radio Leeds short stories

Screenshot from BBC Sounds: BBC Radio Leeds, Make a Difference series


Through the Covid-19 lockdown, Creative Lives Producer Jane Chesworth at BBC Radio Leeds has also set up a short stories project to inspire people to be creative at home during the pandemic. Listeners are invited to submit 750 words of creative writing via email and over 130 stories have featured on air so far.  There's been such a range of stories - funny, emotional, dark, challenging, surreal - from a whole range of people - students, writing club members and those who've just decided to have a go for the first time. The best stories have been collated on the BBC Radio Leeds website