Huddersfield Literature Festival releases tickets for 2017

Tickets on sale following announcements at preview event

Tickets have been released for the 2017 Huddersfield Literature Festival, receiving an early boost at the preview event on Wednesday 30 November at Magic Rock Brewing.

A finalist in the 2016 White Rose Awards in the Arts & Culture category, the dynamic festival has announced that it will be welcoming many literature greats into Huddersfield next year, such as Joanne Harris, Ian Rankin and Jenni Murray. Events range from poetry slams to comedy nights, including talks by Alan Johnson MP, Julie Summers and Henry Normal.

The theme for 2017 is ‘courage’, featuring photography by local writer Kevin Boniface, who explored Huddersfield taking images which draw on personal reflection and meanings of the word.

The project asks people what courage means to them, taking Kevin’s images as inspiration. They can then get in touch via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #CourageIs, or email for a chance to be featured on the website. Details can be found at

Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director, said: “The Huddersfield Literature Festival goes from strength to strength to produce thoroughly entertaining events. Next year’s festival is one of our most ambitious and we are delighted with the response to the preview event.”

“We are proud to be part of the Literature Festival,” said Duncan of Magic Rock Brewing. “We have built upon our Tap Social events and invited some of our friends, associates and colleagues to come and perform in our wonderful space, from Shakespeare to children’s shows.”

He continued: “The preview event was well received. Plenty of new folk coming into the Taproom. It was great to see such a diverse crowd on a midweek night. We are a hidden gem in Huddersfield, which people are still discovering.”

The events will be held between 4-19 March throughout Huddersfield town centre sights, such as Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Town Hall, Media Centre and University of Huddersfield.

Further information:

Although some events are free or pay at the door, others may require advance booking, which can be done online at, via email at, or by phone on 01484 430 528.


Alternatively, by calling into the Lawrence Batley Theatre ticket office on Queen St, HD1 2SP, or the Central Library on Princess Alexandra Walk, HD1 2SU.

Notes to the editor:

About Magic Rock Tap Room

The Magic Rock Tap Room is a fundamental add-on of Magic Rock Brewing, located to the far end of the brewery. Launched in 2016, its name, “The Tap” stems from its nine taps and three cask lines of their own beers. With a view of the brewery from the Tap Room, beer lovers can rejoice in drinking their favourite pints knowing their taste experiences remain fresh from next door.

About Huddersfield Literature Festival

The Huddersfield Literature Festival provides innovative and high-profile events to support and showcase both established and new, emerging writers and performers, as well as offering the opportunity to attend workshops and masterclasses. It takes place annually in March, and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.

Over the years, the festival has had a diverse programme that included authors such as Irvine Welsh, Kate Adie, Ben Miller, Alan Johnson MP, Jodi Picoult, Alexei Sayle, Paul Burston, the late David Nobbs, Helen Lederer, M.R. Carey, Joanne Harris, Lemn Sissay and Levison Wood, as well as children’s events themed around Alice in Wonderland and Bollywood dance, library events and storytelling, creative writing workshops, an LGBT event, a Poetry Slam, Open Mic and Literary Afternoon Tea.

The Festival is a not-for-profit organisation based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire whose funding is sourced from ticket sales, grants and sponsorship.