This will allow us to grow and develop as a Festival and to focus even more on accessibility, from offering free and low-cost events to increasing the number of events with live subtitling and training our volunteers.
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Festival Patron
"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 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, Festival Patron
Join us at the Magic Rock Taproom for an early taster of our 2017 Festival.
DRINKS: 6pm onwards*
PERFORMANCE: approx 6.30-7.30pm
As well as announcing next year's events, we will have short performances from local talent:
Lisa Luxx poet, artist and preditor-in-cheif of the Prowl House movement, and
We will also present our project on 'Courage', the theme of next year's Festival, which asked for people to share words with supported images of what courage means to them.
Free drink for the first 100 people to book a place (voucher on the door)
*the Taproom will be open to the general public from 4pm onwards.
White Rose Awards Finalist
We are thrilled that the Festival has been chosen as a finalist in Welcome to Yorkshire's prestigious White Rose Awards.
The Arts & Culture category comprises some wonderful organisations and we are proud to be finalists alongside: Kunsthuis Gallery in Crayke, Swaledale Festival, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds, York Theatre Royal and the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia.
The winner will be chosen at an awards ceremony on Monday 30 November.