HLF2016 marks our 10th anniversary

Next year's festival will take place from 3-13 March 2016, with the theme of '10'.
 
 
If you'd like to get involved as a volunteer - planning and marketing events, stewarding, writing blogs, etc - come along to our next volunteers meeting on Tuesday 18 August from 7.00-8.00pm at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. 
 
If you'd like more information on volunteering or to receive advance updates on next year's events direct to your inbox, contact our Festival Secretary Cat Lumb: huddlitfestoffice@gmail.com
 
See you in March 2016!
 
Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director
(c. Jonathan Jacob)

"Words – whether storytelling, poetry, drama, novels or discussion – are a powerful way of exploring issues from love and death to social matters and human rights. The Huddersfield Literature Festival aims to ‘bring words to life’, and whatever your sphere of interest, you are likely to find something here to move, inspire, entertain or provoke thought. Arts and culture enhance our lives as individuals and bring us together as a society. As someone whose profession relies on words and the way they are delivered, I’m proud to champion the festival and its activities. Why not come and see for yourself what’s on offer."

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

 

"Literature broadens the mind and it’s really important to have people coming to Huddersfield to stimulate new ideas and debate. Also, to help people hone their own skills as poets as poets, as novelists, as scriptwriters, so that they can then become the next generation of writers that are affecting Yorkshire, the country, the UK and the world. The literature festival is a sweet reminder to people of what is theirs – of what they have a right to.”

Lemn Sissay, MBE

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2015

HLF2015 in pictures

We hope you enjoyed our innovative and varied programme of events.

All picture credits Jonathan Jacob Photography (unless otherwise stated)

Launch with MR Carey (centre) & sponsors Wilkinson Woodward, 5 March

Launch with MR Carey (centre) & sponsors Wilkinson Woodward, 5 March

Literary Afternoon Tea with Helen Lederer & David Nobbs, 8 March
(LtoR) Beverley Blake (sponsor), David Nobbs, Michelle Hodgson (Festival Director), Michael Blake (sponsor), Helen Lederer

Literary Afternoon Tea with Helen Lederer & David Nobbs, 8 March (LtoR) Beverley Blake (sponsor), David Nobbs, Michelle Hodgson (Festival Director), Michael Blake (sponsor), Helen Lederer

Reasons to Stay Alive: Matt Haig In Conversation with Rose Condo, 11 March

Reasons to Stay Alive: Matt Haig In Conversation with Rose Condo, 11 March

Poetry Slam with Jamie DeWolf & Kei Miller, 14 March

Poetry Slam with Jamie DeWolf & Kei Miller, 14 MarchPoetry Slam with Jamie DeWolf & Kei Miller, 14 March

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland free family day 28 February

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland free family day 28 February

Storytelling & Adaptation, Bettina Carpi, 15 March

Storytelling & Adaptation, Bettina Carpi, 15 March

Wilf' Lunn, The Utterly Awful Catastrophe, 15 March

Wilf' Lunn, The Utterly Awful Catastrophe, 15 March

Majikkon - the Huddersfield Manga, Anime & Comic Con, 7 March (c. Rebecca Louise Conway)

Majikkon - the Huddersfield Manga, Anime & Comic Con, 7 March (c. Rebecca Louise Conway)

Polari Up North 7 March. (c. Michelle Hodgson)
(LtoR) Gerry Potter, Rosie Garland, Paul Burston, VG Lee & Diriye Osman

Polari Up North 7 March. (c. Michelle Hodgson)(LtoR) Gerry Potter, Rosie Garland, Paul Burston, VG Lee & Diriye Osman

Gather Together In My Name: Remembering Maya Angelou, 11 March (c. Janet Marks)
Performers: (LtoR) Anita Franklin, Michelle Scally Clarke, Kadija Sesay,Desiree Reynolds Seni Seneiviratne, Amanda Huxtable, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Ebony Greaves

Gather Together In My Name: Remembering Maya Angelou, 11 March (c. Janet Marks)Performers: (LtoR) Anita Franklin, Michelle Scally Clarke, Kadija Sesay,Desiree Reynolds Seni Seneiviratne, Amanda Huxtable, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Ebony Greaves

Click on the image (left) to view our short film of HLF2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our events in 2014. An estimated 3,000-3,500 people were involved in the festival, with more than 30 events at 12 different venues across Huddersfield. From our feedback forms, 74% rated the event they attended as 'Excellent' and 25% rated it as 'Good'.                            

FEEDBACK FROM PERFORMERS

“It is my privilege to be part of this wonderful, warm community of books that is the Huddersfield Literature Festival.” Joanne Harris MBE (pictured left c. Jonathan Jacob Photography)

“What an efficient, relaxed and big-hearted Festival. Huddersfield treats its readers and its writers with equal warmth and regard.” Jim Crace

"So glad the show was such a success - One of my best audiences I have to say." Sunny Ormonde

“Bringing Polari to Huddersfield Lit Fest was a total pleasure. The performers were all well taken care of, the audience was warm and receptive and we left looking forward to next year. I can't thank the organisers enough for putting on such a great festival.” Paul Burston, Polari

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