Thanks to all of our performers, venues and audiences who have made HLF2016 such a fantastic festival.
Our final event with Irvine Welsh was superb - a great author, wonderful speaker and personable too. We wish him every success with his new novel The Blade Artist.
See you next year - and don't forget to send your details to if you'd like to go on our mailing list for future events.
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


HLF2016 in pictures

HLF2016 in pictures

A few images from this year's festival. We had a blast - hope you did too.




Huddersfield Literature Festival 2016

Levison Wood success

Huddersfield Town hall was packed for our first major event, An Evening With Levison Wood, on 9 February.

Levison gave a lively and entertaining talk to a sold-out auditorium, recounting stories from his adventures, including his most recent expedition across the Himalayas which was filmed as a Channel 4 series.

The talk was very well received with plenty of questions during the Q&A slot.

We also raffled our life-size cut-out of Levison with the money raised split 50/50 between the festival and Kirkwood Hospice.


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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