Huddersfield Literature Festival

Welcome to HLF

Tickets on sale & pop-up shop

Come and see us at our pop-up shop in the Packhorse Centre (open daily 11am-3pm) - and don't miss our Free Alice's Adventures in Wonderland themed Family Day on 28 February, with balloon twisting, storytelling, face painting, competitions - and jam tarts!

Then from 5 - 15 March we have a wealth of exciting festival events, including workshops, talks, open mic/poetry slam, music and dance.

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Many tickets are already on sale through the LBT Box Office but we also have quite a few free events on offer, more info on our Diary of Events page for the full schedule.

PLEASE SUPPORT HLF2015 BY COMING ALONG TO EVENTS - help us make the festival even bigger and better each year!


Michelle Hodgson
Festival Director

Picture credit: 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, actor and Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield


"It’s an honour to be a Patron of The Huddersfield Literature Festival. 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 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, poet








At HLF we are happy to champion.. 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

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

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2015

Introducing... Jamie DeWolf

A unique opportunity to see a talented, original and entertaining performer...

Slam poetry champion, film-maker, showman, teacher, artist - Jamie DeWolf will be premiering an explosive and irreverent talk 'The Author as God', teaching a Slam Poetry workshop and presenting a Slam Poetry event at this year's festival.


'The Author as God'

Thursday 12 March - A premiere lecture by the great-grandson of L Ron Hubbard, the SF author and founder of Scientology, that deconstructs the author as a self-made God and the reader as their unsuspecting victim.


Slam Poetry Workshop

Saturday 14 March - Create hard-hitting performance poetry that leaps from the page to the stage in this fast-paced workshop designed for writers of all levels.


Poetry Slam

Saturday 14 March - Performance poets of all skill levels are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring - bring your loudest, funniest and hardest hitting poems, raps, comedy and confessions. £50 cash prize for the winner.





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



    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

  • 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

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