Huddersfield Literature Festival

Welcome to HLF

Roll on 2015!

Our festival dates have now been announced as 5-15 March 2015, with a theme of 'Into the Future'.

You are going to love some of the interesting and innovative events we are now lining up for next March - keep checking back here for more information or email us at: if you'd like to receive updates direct to your inbox.

Tickets for all of our events will be going on sale between now and January - already on sale:

Joanne Harris & Friends - Storytime

Click HERE for more information and booking.

More event and ticket information to follow soon.


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



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


Charles Darwin’s struggle with science and faith


By Chelsea Cull

Darwin’s revelations and writing have outlived him in such a.. Read more

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2014

Click on the image (left) to view our short film of HLF2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our events this year. An estimated 3,000 people were involved in this year's 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'


“What an efficient, relaxed and big-hearted Festival. Huddersfield treats its readers and its writers with equal warmth and regard.”
Jim Crace

Here are some of this year's festival highlights in pictures...



“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


  • 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

  • Following on from our latest blog about our forthcoming event with Anne Dickson, author of Teaching Men to Be Feminist (Sunday 16 March, 3-4pm, booking via LBT box office), we thought we'd share with you the latest blog from author Joanne Harris.

    Read, enjoy and let us know what.. Read more

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