About us

The festival past and present

Since its inception in 2006, the Huddersfield Literature Festival has provided innovative and high-profile events to support and showcase both established and new, emerging writers and performers, as well as offering the opportunity to attend workshops and masterclasses.

The Festival is a not-for-profit organisation based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; funding is sourced from ticket sales, grants and sponsorship.

Aims and objectives
1. To celebrate the written word by bringing big name authors to Huddersfield and supporting local talent.

2. To promote Huddersfield as a cultural centre to rival others, not only in West Yorkshire but UK-wide.

3. To bring people and revenue into the town centre for multi-venue events and encourage spending in the town centre (shops, bars, restaurants).

4. To provide access to events for those who might not normally attend because of financial or social issues or for reasons such as disability.


Festival Archive

Who we are

Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director

Our Festival Director, Michelle Hodgson, worked in the publishing industry for many years. As a publicist to novelists, writers and personalities as diverse as Iain Banks, Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Higson, Peter James and Damon Hill, she was responsible for organising launch parties, bookshop events and media interviews. Michelle then spent several years as a journalist on The Guardian before moving to Yorkshire and setting up her business Key Words Copywriting Ltd (http://www.key-words.co.uk).


HLF Committee:

Amanda Huxtable, Hidden Gems Productions
Cat Lumb, Manchester Museum
Jim Woodhead, A for Agency
Kirstie Wilson, Kirklees Library Services
Marie Peacock, Macmillan Cancer Support
Melissa Wong, former BBC Researcher & Producer
Michelle Brown, Francis Browne PR
Simon Crump, University of Huddersfield


The festival is also supported by a student team from The University of Huddersfield and non-student volunteers who act as stewards and festival champions.

We look forward to welcoming you at future events.


The festival has two patrons: Lemn Sissay and Patrick Stewart.

Lemn Sissay is the author of many poetry books as well as a successful playwright. Lemn was the first poet to write for the 2012 Olympics and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He has made a number of programmes for the BBC and is associate artist at The South Bank Centre in London.

Patrick Stewart OBE is a film, television and stage actor of world renown. As well as a distinguished career as a stage actor, including many Shakespearean roles, he is known for his portrayals of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of movies and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series and movies of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in Mirfield near Huddersfield, he is Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.