Our festival schedule is now in place and we are extremely excited that Irvine Welsh is coming to Huddersfield for a special post-festival event. Brochures are available from the end of January; meanwhile, take a look at our Diary of Events with booking links or download our brochure for HLF2016. For information on volunteering or to receive advance updates on this year's events direct to your inbox, send your details to huddlitfestoffice@gmail.com
Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director

"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. 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."

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

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2016


Tickets for most of our events are now on sale - check out our Diary of Events page for more info and how to book.


An Evening with Levison Wood

in partnership with Kirklees Libraries Services

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 7.30pm, £5 (£3 conc)

He has walked the Nile. He has trekked the Himalayas. He has led expeditions on five continents. And now... he is coming to Huddersfield as part of our National Libraries Day celebrations.

The intrepid explorer, TV presenter and author will be talking about his adventures, including his most recent expedition across the Himalayas which was filmed for a new Channel 4 series. His previous bestselling book, Walking the Nile, was also accompanied by a critically acclaimed TV series.

Call the Town Hall box office: 01484 223200 or book online here

DON'T MISS the new five-part Channel 4 series Walking the Himalayas, from Sunday 27 Dec, 8pm

Watch Levison Wood on ITV This Morning

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Rupert Thomson & Ian McGuire

Saturday 12 March 2016

Ticket on sale soon through the LBT box office

Rupert Thomson will be appearing at our 10th anniversary festival to talk about his 10th novel, Katherine Carlyle.

Katherine Carlyle is a masterpiece.” Philip Pullman

Katherine Carlyle is written in the beautifully spare, lucid, and cinematic prose Thomson is known for, and powered by his natural gift for storytelling. Using the modern techniques of IVF to throw new light on the myth of origins, it is a profound and moving novel about identity, the search for personal meaning, and how we are loved.

Rupert Thomson will be In Conversation with Ian McGuire.

Ian McGuire's second novel, The North Water, is a dark, sharp and highly original tale set aboard a 19th-century whaling ship heading for the Arctic - with a killer aboard...

"A fast-paced, gripping story ... A tour de force of narrative tension." Hilary Mantel


Look out for more information on festival events very soon.

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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

    “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

    “Thank you again endlessly for such an amazing time and tour, it was fantastic and I've been raving about it." Jamie DeWolf

    “From the moment I arrived in Huddersfield I was welcomed and looked after in every way. The event was packed, with a delightful and engaged audience – top of my list for a return visit.” Helen Lederer