A city of strangers and transience

Connected in place, separated in time

Alison Marshall
Jan 21, 2021 · 7 min read
Leeds city centre. Photo by abdullah ali on Unsplash

They came from the warm lands of southern Ukraine, where the fertile earth nurtures crops and the summers are long and hot. They came to Leeds, where winters are cold, damp and dark. Factories belched out their vile smoke, into the streets full of noise. They lived in a tiny, terraced house, barely making ends meet, tailoring for piecework…