What they are saying...

“Huddersfield Lit Fest rocks! Get yourself along and have some fun” Irvine Welsh

“The event was packed with a delightful and engaged audience. Top of my list for a return visit.” Helen Lederer

“My favourite festival! A passionate directorate and a lively, engaged audience with an insatiable appetite for books, what more could anyone wish for?” Ben Miller

“It’s my local festival, and I’ve watched it grow from something itty bitty to something fantastic and it’s getting better every year.” Joanne Harris

“Great to be a part of this fantastic celebration of literature in such a welcoming town.” Levison Wood

Our short films

For HLF2017, we commissioned Giles Bowman, a deaf animator, to create three films that can be appreciated without sound. Please click on each image to view.

HLF2017 in Review

HLF2017 Forthcoming Highlights

A Snail's Journey, featuring Scout the Snail

Click on the image below to view our short film of HLF2014

Our patrons

"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 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 highlights

Ian Rankin

Dame Jenni Murray

Lemn Sissay & Kit de Waal

Afternoon Tea with Phaedra Patrick & Susie Dent

Stafflex Free Family Day

Poetry Slam with Attila the Stockbroker


Festival wins Examiner Community Award

We are delighted to announce that the Festival has won an Examiner Community Award in the Arts category. 

We were particularly thrilled to win this local award, and to be in the company of so many wonderful local people and organisations that give so much back to our community.


Festival Highlights

Adrian Lukis

Alan Johnson

Owen Lowery

VG Lee, Polari Up North

Ending at Section 28

Stay Updated!

@Hudd_Lit_Fest                       Huddersfield Literature Festival


For Majikkon (the Huddersfield Manga/Anime & Comic Con) VISIT WEBSITE      

@Majikkon                              Majikkon

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