We are delighted to announce that our 2017 Festival has been awarded increased funding from the Arts Council this year.

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.

Our plans for March 2017 are progressing well - please send your details to Huddlitfest@gmail.com if you'd like to go on our mailing list for future events or Huddlitfestchair@gmail.com to find out about volunteering opportunities.
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


HLF2017 Preview

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

Kevin Boniface writer of The Most Difficult Thing Ever blog


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.







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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