Huddersfield Literature Festival

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

The feedback for the 2014 festival has been tremendous - and on behalf of the festival team, I'd like to thank everyone involved this year.

We welcomed some amazing speakers and performers to the town and many positive comments were made about the venues, the events and the engagement of the local audiences.

I'd also like to extend a special thanks to the volunteers, including the committee members and the stewards, who helped to make this year such a success.

At the same time we always welcome constructive feedback (see our contact page for a link to deliver feedback online).

See you next year!


Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director

Picture credit: Jonathan Jacob


The Tour de France is coming!

This July, Le Grand Départ of The Tour de France will be in Yorkshire. The excitement is building and we look forward to welcoming the cyclists as they pass through the region - including Huddersfield and surrounding areas.

More information can be found on the official website of Le Tour Yorkshire - Grand Départ 2014

We are delighted to announce that a short video showcasing the events at this year's Huddersfield Literature Festival will be shown on the big screens in St George's Square in Huddersfield and also in Holmfirth. We hope you enjoy it.

"A literature festival such as this provides writers with an all-too-rare opportunity to take centre stage and enjoy the limelight for themselves. Some of them are extremely good at this... in fact, I am not sure that I should really approve! But of course I do. This should be yet another wonderful Huddersfield Literature Festival."

Sir Patrick Stewart, actor and Chancellor of the University.


"It’s an honour to be a Patron of The Huddersfield Literature Festival. Huddersfield is a shining beacon on the map of literature in Britain and a part of GPS: Global Poetry System. Before CNN, before Sky and the BBC it is our writers and poets that we depended on to explore and share the infinitesimal and vast inner and outer world. If you have never been to a reading before make this your first time. And if you have, welcome back to a week packed with events. Change your Climate."

Lemn Sissay, poet



Polari Up North

By Jonni Gittins


Polari. Bona. Gelt, glossies and drag.  These are just a few terms that stemmed from the 1960’s.. Read more

Jah Wobble joins literature festival line-up


The legendary bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and poet Jah Wobble will be making an appearance at the.. Read more


Charles Darwin’s struggle with science and faith


By Chelsea Cull

Darwin’s revelations and writing have outlived him in such a.. Read more


Jim Crace: Harvest writer comes to Brontë Country


Landscape and a sense of place can be a powerful tool in a novel... Read more

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our events this year.


Here are some of this year's festival highlights in pictures...



Huddersfield Literature Festival 2014

An estimated 2,500 people were involved in this year's festival, with over 30 events at 12 different venues across Huddersfield.


  • Congratulations to the Annapura Indian Dance group, which has won one of the coveted commissions for Yorkshire's forthcoming 100-day arts festival.

    The first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France - the world's biggest annual sporting event - the Yorkshire Festival 2014 will run from 27 March to.. Read more

  • Following on from our latest blog about our forthcoming event with Anne Dickson, author of Teaching Men to Be Feminist (Sunday 16 March, 3-4pm, booking via LBT box office), we thought we'd share with you the latest blog from author Joanne Harris.

    Read, enjoy and let us know what.. Read more

  • The brand new Student Central space, which links to the Central Services building, officially opened today.

    The £22.5m building houses sport, leisure, eating, meeting, library and computing facilities for students and staff.

    Two of our HLF2014 events will take.. Read more

  • The Polari Literary Salon, which will be coming to Huddersfield on 8 March as Polari Up North, has won the Co-operative Bank's Respect 'Loved by You' Award 2013.

    The lively salon has seen its profile rise dramatically since its inception in.. Read more

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