Huddersfield Literature Festival

Welcome to HLF

HLF2016 marks our 10th anniversary

Next year's festival will take place from 3-13 March 2016, with the theme of '10'.

Take a look at the Examiner report here.

Thank you to everyone who supported HLF2015: performers and audiences, grant providers and sponsors, venue managers and stewards and our hard working committee and volunteers. This year's festival included many unique and innovative events; all credit should go to the performers but also to you, the audiences, for coming along to support not only the well-known names but also the local or lesser known writers and performers.

We hope to keep growing as a festival and raising the bar for the events we present in Huddersfield - although it will be hard to top this year's wonderful performances.

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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


The Utterly Awful Catastrophe

By David Barnett


A short story created specially for David Barnett's event with Wilf' Lunn at the University.. Read more




At HLF we are happy to champion those who.. Read more

Why Reading Matters

By E. Kate Marsden

Huddersfield Literature Festival is delighted to be teaming up with Reading Matters, a locally based charity and.. Read more

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

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2015

The Huddersfield Literature Festival is now a member of Welcome to Yorkshire.


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

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

Poetry Slam with Jamie DeWolf & Kei Miller, 14 March

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland free family day 28 February

Storytelling & Adaptation, Bettina Carpi, 15 March

Wilf' Lunn, The Utterly Awful Catastrophe, 15 March

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

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'.                            


“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


  • Have you ever thought you would like to make a contribution to the festival - whether behind the scenes, marketing, helping us shape events or stewarding?

    If you have a skill you'd like to offer or would just like to find.. Read more


    Thank you to everyone who has attended our National Libraries Day events organised with Kirklees Libraries at a time when many of our local libraries in Kirklees are.. Read more

  • Polari returns to the Huddersfield Literature Festival

    Exciting, thought provoking, moving, funny: Polari is all these things and more – and it’s making a welcome return to Huddersfield.


    Hosted by award-winning journalist and novelist, Paul Burston, Polari showcases the work of LGBT novelists, short story writers and.. Read more

  • A short film showcasing some of the events that took place during HLF2014 was premiered on the big screens in Huddersfield and Holmfirth during Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France, held in Yorkshire this year.

    The film includes highlights that demonstrate the diversity and excitement of the festival.. Read more

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