Diary of Events

The Huddersfield Literature Festival runs from 3-13 March 2016

(Launch night 2 March, additional National Librairies Day events in February)

Some events are free but may require advance booking, some are pay on the door.

For all others, booking is as follows (unless otherwise stated):

Online:     www.thelbt.org
Email:       boxoffice@thelbt.org
By phone: 01484 430528
In person: LBT, Queen St, HD1 2SP OR Central Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, HD1 2SU

For a map with key town centre venues, CLICK HERE

The Festival in Brief (see below for full details)

Date Time Event Venue
1-10 February Various

Various National Libraries Day events

Various
9 February 7.30pm

An Evening With Levison Wood

Town Hall
27 February 10am-3.30pm

HLF2016/Stafflex Big Screen Family Day

North Huddersfield Trust School
2 March 6pm

HLF2016 Launch Night & The Pearls Project

University of Huddersfield
3 March 6.30pm

Music/Book Pub Quiz & John Peel Talk

Rhubarb
4 March 7pm

Joanne Harris & the Storytime Band

LBT
5 March 9.30am

Holmfirth Writers Group Poetry Day

University of Huddersfield
  11am

Beaumont Park Poetry Competition winners

Beaumont Park
  11am

WORKSHOP: Character and characterisation

University of Huddersfield
  11am

WORKSHOP: All Writing is Rewriting

University of Huddersfield
  1.30pm

The Publishing Process

University of Huddersfield
  3pm

The Story of Egypt with Prof Joann Fletcher

University of Huddersfield
  7.45pm

Polari Up North

LBT
6 March 2pm

Mother's Day at Dark Wood with Kate Fox

Dark Woods
7 March 7pm Queenies Coffee House Night

Queenies Coffee House, LBT

8 March 7pm

Discovering Haile Selassie with Lemn Sissay & Asfa-Wossen Asserate

University of Huddersfiled
  7pm

HLF2016 takes over PechaKucha

The Media Centre
9 March 6pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Mr Jolly by Michael Stewart

Cafe Society
  7pm

Open Mic Night with Kevin Boniface & Talking Zebras

Cafe Society
NEW DATE: 21 March 7pm Ben Miller: The Aliens Are Coming!

University of Huddersfield

  8pm

Albert Poets meeting

The Albert pub
11 March 5.45pm

The Harold Wilson Lecture presented by Alan Johnson MP

University of Huddersfield
12 March 10am

Calling all Bollywood Heroes and Princesses

Yorkshire Children's Centre
  11.30am

Charlotte Bronte: A Life, with Claire Harman & Joanne Harris

Yorkshire Children's Centre
  1pm

Christopher Fowler In Conversation With Joanne Harris

Yorkshire Children's Centre
  2.30pm

Dark Imaginations with Rupert Thomson & Ian McGuire

Yorkshire Children's Centre
  4pm

PANEL: The Importance of Setting in Crime Novels and Thrillers

Yorkshire Children's Centre
  8pm

Poetry Slam hosted by Rosie Garland

The Parish
13 March 1pm

101 Greatest Plays with Michael Billington & Samantha Marlowe

LBT
13 March 3pm Literary Afternoon Tea

Huddersfield Golf Club

16 March 6.30pm Ted Hughes lecture

University of Huddersfield

 

3 April 2.30pm Irvine Welsh

University of Huddersfield

 

    

 

Monday 1 – Wednesday 10 February

Author talks for National Libraries Day

To celebrate National Libraries Day on 6 February and to recognise the important role that libraries play within communities, HLF is presenting a number of events in partnership with Kirklees Library Services, from 1-10 February.

Come and support local writers at your local library.

Tickets are available from the library where the event is taking place or from Kirklees box offices: 01484 223 200 or online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls

 

Tuesday 9 February

An Evening With Explorer Levison Wood

7.30pm, £5 (£3 conc)
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Town Hall, Ramsden Street, HD1 2TA

He has walked the Nile… He has trekked the Himalayas… He has led expeditions on five continents… And now he’s coming to Huddersfield.

The intrepid explorer, writer and TV presenter talks about his latest expedition, crossing the Himalayas on foot through five countries and some of the most unstable parts of the globe.

An outstanding writer in the classic tradition of British author/adventurers, Levison Wood spent 10 years in the army before becoming an explorer. His TV series Walking the Nile was accompanied by a top 10 bestselling book and the five-part Channel 4 series for Walking the Himalayas runs from Sunday 27 December 2015 - 24 January 2016 (8pm).

SPONSORED BY:

 

 

Saturday 27 February

 

HLF2016/Stafflex Big Screen Family Day

FREE EVENT

10am-3.30pm, FREE
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
North Huddersfield Trust School, Woodhouse Hall Road (off Bradford Road) HD2 1DJ

Enjoy free films, interactive storytelling and creative activities – a great day out for all the family, brought to you by Stafflex.

10am  Doors open

10.30am FILM: Paddington (2014; cert PG; StudioCanal)

12.30pm  Storytelling & balloon twisting with Shirley Cass

1.15pm  Storytelling: The Cloud Collector’s Apprentices with Matt Stradling

2pm FILM: The Jungle Book (1967; cert U; Disney) – watch the classic Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling’s book and sing along to ‘Bare Necessities’, in advance of the new 2016 movie.

3.30pm  Close

Activities will include face painting, colouring tables (for children and adults!) and make your own bookmarks. Refreshments available.

No need to book - just turn up on the day.

Please note: parents or guardians must supervise any children under 16 during this event.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 2 March

Launch Night - The Pearls Project

FREE EVENT

6-8pm (Doors 6pm, Performance approx 6.30pm-7.15pm), FREE, drinks/canapés
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH

Join us for our free launch night and take part in The Pearls Project.

Pearls are words that capture your heart and stay with you for life. A phrase from a poem, a line from a book. An incredible description, a powerful lesson, a moment that encapsulates what it is to be human.

Theatre director Amanda Huxtable presents Pearls gathered from writers and local contributors and invites the audience to share their Pearls too.

Free, but booking required

 

 

 

This event will have live subtitling by Stagetext to give deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences access to the event.

 

 

 

Thursday 3 March

Music/Book Pub Quiz + John Peel Talk

6.30pm (Doors 6.30pm, Quiz + talk from 7pm), £3 (£1.50) – includes free entry to quiz
Age guidance: 16+
Rhubarb, 41-45 Queensgate HD1 2RD

Test your knowledge of music in books and books in music…

A pub quiz for music and book lovers, plus a talk from David Cavanagh, author of Good Night and Good Riddance: How 35 Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life.

This acclaimed new biography of John Peel mixes social history with the Radio 1 DJ’s broadcast history, detailing many of the musicians he gave national exposure to, from Bowie to Joy Division.

‘A fabulously readable and deeply rewarding book: a musical travelogue, a cultural history of Britain’ – 5 stars, Mojo

Food will be available to order on the night.

 

 

 

SPONSORED BY: Michael & Beverley Blake

 

 

Friday 4 March

Joanne Harris & the Storytime Band

7pm (approx running time 1hr 30 mins), £10 (Kirklees Passport £7, Under 26 £7)
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Syngenta Cellar, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street HD1 2SP

A magical evening of storytelling and music from the bestselling author of Chocolat and The Gospel of Loki.

Joanne is a passionate advocate of storytelling in a variety of different media, from her Twitter #storytime tales to film, theatre, opera and choral work.

Here, with the help of Paul, Kevin and Matt (the Storytime Band), she brings you a collection of new, unpublished stories – originally written live, on Twitter – now set to music and brought to the stage, with new songs to accompany them.

Joanne Harris is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author, published in over 50 countries.

SPONSORED BY

  

 

Saturday 5 March

Holmfirth Writers Group Poetry Day

FREE EVENT

9.30am-12 noon, free
Room HWG 06, Harold Wilson Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
Age guidance: 14+ (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Call Chris Huck 07968 095164 to reserve your place.

Followed by:

Launch of Holmfirth Writers Group Poetry Day Anthology In The Company of Poets

1pm-2.30pm, free
Huddersfield Library, Princess Alexandra Walk HD1 2SU
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

PLEASE NOTE: this event is being run by an outside organisation rather than HLF. Any queries about the event should be addressed to them.

 

Saturday 5 March

Beaumont Park Poetry Competition - winners announcement

FREE EVENT

11am-1pm (approx), free
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
The Bandstand, Beaumont Park (Beaumont Park Road/Butternab Road entrances) HD4 7AY

Write us a verse that’s light or dark

Celebrate the epic that is Beaumont Park!

Ian McMillan

 

The call went out last year for budding poets of all ages to send in their poems about Beaumont Park – a spectacular 21-acre Victorian park in the heart of Huddersfield.

The 25 winners will have their work published in a book and permanently displayed around the park as part of a new Poetry Trail.

At this joint HLF/Friends of Beaumont Park event, bestselling author Joanne Harris will announce the winners at 11am - for more info and venue please keep checking back on the Friends of Beaumont Park website.

 

PLEASE NOTE: this event is being run by an outside organisation rather than HLF. Any queries about the event should be addressed to them.

 

Saturday 5 March

WORKSHOP: Character and Characterisation, with Simon Crump

11am-1pm, £10 (£5 conc)
Age guidance: 16+
Room WG27, West Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH

“The power to create and develop character is at the heart of all fiction writing.” Malcolm Bradbury.

This workshop session will focus on developing characters – where to find them, how to write them and their role in fiction.

Simon Crump lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield. His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies and he is the author of My Elvis Blackout, Monkey’s Birthday, Twilight Time and Neverland.

Limited places, book early.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 5 March

WORKSHOP: All Writing is Rewriting, with Michael Stewart

11am-1pm, £10 (£5 conc)
Age guidance: 16+
Room WG13, West Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH

Nabokov said that all his ‘pencils outlast their erasers’.

This workshop will look at the art and craft of editing and polishing from a writer perspective. It will focus on some of the key writers from the past hundred years, paying close attention to the drafting process, analysing the work from the first draft stage to the final draft.

It will include: focus on the first page of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, which she rewrote many times until she was happy with it; the extant manuscript of 1984 by George Orwell; and the final page of Hemmingway’s Farewell To Arms, which he famously re-wrote 39 times. Bring your work-in-progress and a red pen.

Michael Stewart lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield. An award-winning novelist and scriptwriter (TV, film, radio and theatre), his latest novel, Mr Jolly, will be launched at the festival on 9 March.

Limited places, book early.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 5 March

The Publishing Process

1.30pm (approx running time 1 hr), £3 (£1.50 conc)
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH

You’ve written a book – so what happens next?

How do you write a synopsis or approach an agent?

In this essential event for aspiring writers, Kevin Duffy will talk you through the publishing process and answer your burning questions on the best way to get your book published, whether family memoir, literary novel or genre fiction.

Kevin Duffy runs Bluemoose Books, an independent publishing house based in Hebden Bridge, which has published a number of award-winning authors.

 

 

 

Sponsored by Addy Murgatroyd Accountants

 

 

 

Saturday 5 March

The Story of Egypt with Professor Joann Fletcher

3pm (approx running time 1 hr), £3 (£1.50 conc)
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH

Step back in time and find out the secrets of the ancient Egyptians with Yorkshire-born Egyptologist, Professor Joann Fletcher.

Her new book The Story of Egypt takes a fresh look at Egyptian history and examines how people lived, how women became Pharoahs and how the ancient Egyptians survived wars and invasions.

Honorary Research Fellow at the University of York, Prof Joann Fletcher is the author of nine books and has written and presented several TV series, including BBC2’s Immortal Egypt – The World’s Greatest Civilisation and Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 5 March

Polari Up North

7.45pm (approx running time 1 hr 30 mins with a 20 min break), £8 (Kirklees Passport: £7, under 26: £7)
Age guidance: 16+
Syngenta Cellar, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP

“Always fun, always thought-provoking – a guaranteed good night out” – Sarah Waters

Polari returns to Huddersfield!

Entertaining, enthralling and eclectic – if you haven’t yet been to Polari you’re missing out on a fabulously enjoyable evening of performance.

Award-winning journalist and author Paul Burston presents a range of talented LGBT writers and performers with universal appeal.

This year's featured artists are:

 

Stevan Alcock – author of Blood Relatives, set during the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

 

 

 

 

 

Sophia Blackwell – a vintage-inspired glamourpuss with the mouth of a spoken-word spitfire.

 

 

 

 

VG Lee – stand-up, short story writer and author of four novels, including Diary of a Provincial Lesbian.

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsty Logan – ‘professional daydreamer’, poet and novelist; winner of the 2015 Polari First Book Prize.

 

 

 

Find out more about Polari here

 

Sunday 6 March

Mother’s Day at Dark Woods with Kate Fox

2pm doors, 2.30pm performance (approx running time 1 hour), £3 (£1.50 conc)

No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Dark Woods, West Slaithwaite Road, Marsden HD7 6LS

A Mother’s Day treat – come and enjoy an afternoon cuppa and cake in the atmospheric setting of the Dark Woods café. Or if you’re a young mum, take a couple of hours off to unwind or bring the little ones with you.

Our performer today is poet, comedian and writer Kate Fox.

Kate is regularly on Radio 4 and occasionally on TV. She has written and performed two comedy shows for Radio 4 called “The Price of Happiness”, which has just been commissioned for a second series. Her poetry residencies have included: Saturday Live on Radio 4 from 2007-14, the Yorkshire Festival, 2014, the Glastonbury Festival 2013 and the Great North Run, 2011. She also writes topical and personal pieces for Standard Issue magazine and was a columnist for The Journal newspaper for four years.

Kate has also led many participatory arts projects and school and community writing projects and sometimes runs spoken word gigs and projects. Her obsessions include solo stand up performance, Northernness and how comedy and creativity can turn the world upside down - or keep it still. She has never gone viral apart from when she’s had a nasty cold.

Find out more on Kate Fox's website.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 7 March

Queenies Coffee House Night

7pm (doors), £3 (on the door)

Welcome in spring with words (spoken and sung) in the relaxed atmosphere of Queenie’s Coffee Shop. Open mic spots available; contact rose@thelbt.org to book your open mic spot or sign up on the night.

Our marvellous March guests are: 

WINSTON PLOWES
By day Winston is a respected creative writing practitioner in schools and tutor of adult classes. By night he assumes the secret identity of a vegetarian troubadour teaching hearts how to fly and architecting undiscovered vegetables. He prises images out of a 1920’s typewriter with his unlucky black cat ‘Fatty’ in Calderdale, West Yorkshire to be published in the pages of journals worldwide.

SARAH THOMASIN
Sarah Thomasin is an escaped performance poet from Keighley, now living in Sheffield. They have been published in several anthologies including This Body I Live In and Wherever You Roam from Pankhearst Press. They are a winner of Sheffield's Poetstars and WordLife and Off The Shelf slams, and reached the quarterfinal of London’s Hammer and Tongue National Slam. Sarah is autistic, genderqueer and, when not performing poetry, talks about sex for a living, on behalf of the NHS. Perfectly normal, really.

JAMES BAR BOWEN
James is an acoustic folk-punk singer-songwriter, guitarist and story-teller who has performed his songs all over the world (as far away as New Zealand, as near to home as his living room).
In recent times, he has played gigs across England, Scotland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Germany, and in June 2014 he toured the USA with Ryan Harvey. “His songs and performance are original, relevant, sarcastic, political, optimistic, poetic, multilingual and sometimes even beautiful.”

www.thelbt.org/Queenies-Coffee-House-Nights-1

PLEASE NOTE: this event is being run by an outside organisation rather than HLF. Any queries about the event should be addressed to them.

 

 

Tuesday 8 March

Discovering Haile Selassie with Lemn Sissay & Asfa-Wossen Asserate

7pm (approx running time 1 hour), £3 (£1.50)
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH

One of Britain’s best-loved poets and the great-nephew of Haile Selassie discuss their shared heritage of Ethiopia and the man who was its most famous emperor.

A descendant of King Soloman and an early proponent of African unity and independence, Selassie fought with the Allies in the Second World War and is considered a messiah by Rastafarians. A reformer and an autocrat, he was assassinated in a communist coup.

Lemn Sissay MBE is a celebrated poet, playwright, broadcaster and our Festival Patron.

He is the first poet to write for the London Olympics and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London and he is currently Chancellor of Manchester University.

Raised for part of his childhood in care, he discovered his Ethiopian heritage as an adult.

 

Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate is the author of King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, a colourful portrait of the emperor and the tumultuous history of Ethiopia.

Asfa-Wossen Asserate was born in 1948 in Addis Ababa as a member of the Imperial House of Ethiopia. He read history and law at Cambridge and at the University of Tübingen, and received his PhD at the University of Frankfurt.

He now lives in Frankfurt where he works as a consultant on African and Middle-Eastern Affairs, and as a political analyst.

He is a bestselling author in Germany and has been awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and the Jacob Grimm Prize, two of the country’s most prestigious literary prizes.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 8 March

HLF2016 Takes Over PechaKucha

FREE EVENT

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start, free
Café Ollo, The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street HD1 1RL

Always entertaining, often funny, sometimes thought provoking and definitely fast paced – 10 performers each present 20 slides in the PechaKucha format, where each slide automatically moves on after 20 seconds.

Can they keep up? Come and find out – or take part yourself.

Tonight’s theme will be ‘10’ in honour of the festival’s 10th birthday.

Free but booking required.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 9 March

Book launch: Mr Jolly by Michael Stewart

FREE EVENT

6pm, free
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Cafe Society, 15 Byram Street, HD1 1DR
 
Come and celebrate the launch of Michael Stewart’s new collection of short stories, Mr Jolly.

A Creative Writing Tutor at the University of Huddersfield, Michael Stewart is the author of Café Assassin and King Crow, which won The Guardian’s 'Not the Booker' Prize.

No need to book - just turn up!

 

Wednesday 9 March

Open Mic Night with Talking Zebras & Kevin Boniface

PAY WHAT YOU LIKE ON THE NIGHT

7pm onwards, Pay what you like on the night
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Cafe Society, 15 Byram Street, HD1 1DR
 

Order a drink and a bite to eat, sit back and enjoy performances from local writing talent.

No need to book - just turn up!

7pm   The Most Difficult Thing Ever: Kevin Boniface

Huddersfield artist/writer and postman Kevin Boniface showcases his award-winning blog in his unique and entertaining style, covering topics as diverse as unnecessary porches, poking a yolky knife at a semi-naked man and talking to the lonely pig on the moor.

7.45pm  Open Mic Night with Talking Zebras (end time: approx. 10.30pm)

Listen to and enjoy a variety of poetic performances from the local Talking Zebras group. Or, if you’re feeling brave, why not have a go at performing your own work during our session of open mic slots.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE: Monday 21 March
Ben Miller: The Aliens Are Coming!

We are very sorry to announce that we've been informed that Ben Miller is no longer going to be in the UK on Thursday 10 March, the date of our scheduled event at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

However, we have managed to secure an alternative date as follows:

DATE: Monday 21 March
TIME: 7pm (approx running time 1 hour), £5 (£2.50 conc)
VENUE: WG/59, West Building Lecture Theatres (behind the Harold Wilson building), University of Huddersfield

Please note the new lecture theatre venue as well as the new date.

If you are unable to make the rescheduled date, the LBT box office will issue you with a full refund of your tickets.

We understand that some of you may have already made travel plans and can only extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

We have taken tickets off sales while tickets holders are being informed. If there are any tickets remaining after this has been completed, we will ask the LBT to put tickets back on sale.

For any queries about previously booked tickets, please contact the LBT box office on 01484 430528.

Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director

 

One small step for a comedian, one giant leap for Huddersfield…

Comedian and actor Ben Miller mixes science and humour in this astronomically entertaining event about all things alien.

We, the people of Earth, are closer than ever to making contact with aliens. But what are we going to say when they pick up the phone? That may seem like a fanciful question, but thanks to recent advances in science, it is becoming a pressing one.

In his latest book, Miller charts his attempt to become the Earth's very own 'Alien Ambassador, attached to the UN with a clear vision of how to manager alien affairs.

Since abandoning his PhD in Physics at Cambridge for a career in comedy, Ben Miller has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Armstrong & Miller, Primeval, Death in Paradise and Doctor Who.

His first popular science book It’s Not Rocket Science was a top 10 bestseller. The Aliens Are Coming! examines the age-old question: ‘Are we alone in the universe?’

Ben will be interviewed by journalist and author of the Gideon Smith steampunk novels, David Barnett.

Sponsored by

 

 

 

 

Thursday 10 March
Albert Poets

FREE EVENT

8pm, free
Age guidance: 16+
The Albert pub (back room), Victoria Lane, HD1 2QF

Performance poetry with Carola Luther, Nell Farell, Neil Clarkson and Susannah Evans.

Poems from Albert Poets’ workshops are on display in The Conservatory Café, Greenhead Park throughout March.

PLEASE NOTE: this event is being run by an outside organisation rather than HLF. Any queries about the event should be addressed to them.

 

 

Friday 11 March

The Harold Wilson Lecture - The Reluctant European, presented by Alan Johnson MP

FREE EVENT

 

5.45pm book signing
6.30pm lecture (approx running time 1 hour), free
No age restrictions (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH

To commemorate the centenary of Harold Wilson’s birth (11 March 1916), HLF is partnering with the University of Huddersfield to present the annual Harold Wilson Lecture.

This popular lecture will this year be delivered by Alan Johnson MP.

Alan Johnson was born in May 1950. He is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that, he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Johnson has been the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle since 1997.

He is the author of two bestselling memoirs: Please, Mister Postman and This Boy – described by The Times as ‘the best memoir by a politician you will ever read', it was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2014 and the Orwell Prize 2014.

 

 

Please note the lecture is now SOLD OUT.

However, there is still the opportunity to come to the signing, which will take place in the Business School foyer from 5.45pm (before the lecture starts at 6.30pm).

For further information on the lecture, email: s.daley@hud.ac.uk or phone: 01484 471568.

 

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RESERVED A TICKET FOR THIS EVENT THAT THE BOOK SIGNING WILL TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO THE EVENT, SO ALAN JOHNSON WILL BE IN THE FOYER FROM 5.45PM BUT THE EVENT START TIME IS 6.30PM.

IF YOU WOULD  LIKE  TO HAVE YOUR BOOK SIGNED, YOU WILL NEED TO GET THIS DONE IN ADVANCE OF THE LECTURE.

 

Saturday 12 March

Calling all Bollywood Heroes and Princesses

10am-11am, tickets £1 for all attending (adult or child)
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, New North Parade (behind the railway station) HD1 5JP
 

Find out what it takes to be a Bollywood hero or princess in this family-friendly event for all ages.

Teacher and author Salma Zaman will lead you through some Bollywood dance steps to ‘Jai Ho’ – the theme song from Slumdog Millionaire. Dressing up scarves and sashes provided, or come in your own dressing up clothes.

Cool down with an interactive storytelling session based on inspirational stories in Salma’s book Bollywood Princess. Bring the kids and join in yourself!

Children with special needs and disabilities welcome.

Please note: parents or guardians must supervise any children under 16 during this event.

 

Saturday 12 March
Charlotte Brontë: A Life, with Claire Harman & Joanne Harris

11.30am (running time approx 1 hour), £4 (£2)

No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, New North Parade (behind the railway station) HD1 5JP

To mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, acclaimed literary biographer Claire Harman has produced a landmark work about the author of Jane Eyre, whose short life reflected all the drama and tragedy of her revolutionary Gothic novels.

In this unique event, Claire Harman talks to novelist Joanne Harris about the new kinds of heroines Charlotte Brontë created, her role as the driving force behind the family, including encouraging sister Emily to publish Wuthering Heights, her private passions and the circumstances behind her early death.

“Elegantly written, consistently perceptive... [Harman] succeeds in bringing Charlotte back to life in all her spiky vulnerability” (Daily Mail Book of the Week)

This event will have live subtitling by Stagetext to give deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences access to the event.

 

 

 

 

Crime & the darker side of life – enter if you dare…!
 

Saturday 12 March

Christopher Fowler In Conversation with Joanne Harris

1pm (running time approx 1 hour), £3 (£1.50)
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, New North Parade (behind the railway station) HD1 5JP

The author of the Bryant & May series of detective novels talks to Joanne Harris about his work.

Christopher Fowler is the multi-award-winning author of over 30 novels, 12 short story collections and the Bryant & May mystery novels, which record the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible London crimes.

He is also a journalist, playwright, writer for TV and radio, and the founder of an international film marketing company that created movie posters and trailers for films such as Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting and Goldeneye.

Here, he chats to bestselling local author Joanne Harris about the elements of a crime novel – from well-drawn characters to building suspense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 12 March

Dark Imaginations – Rupert Thomson & Ian McGuire

2.30pm (running time approx 1 hour), £3 (£1.50)
Age guidance: 16+
Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, New North Parade (behind the railway station) HD1 5JP

How do authors decide what stories to write? Are there any subjects they wouldn’t tackle? How do novelists approach writing characters very different from themselves? Does choosing a dark subject matter or writing a different book each time make it harder to retain your readership?

Two critically acclaimed novelists, Rupert Thomson & Ian McGuire, discuss their approach to writing and their latest novels.

Rupert Thomson has been compared to writers as various as Dickens, Kafka, Paul Auster, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Elmore Leonard, and the subjects and settings of his novels have ranged from a sculptor in 17th-century Florence (Secrecy) to a policeman guarding Myra Hindley’s body (Death of a Murderer).

His 10th novel, Katherine Carlyle, is a profound and moving story about a young woman who sets off on an extraordinary journey in an attempt to deal with her mother’s death and her father’s neglect.

 

Ian McGuire is the founder of the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Set on a 19th-century Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the Arctic, his latest novel, The North Water, is a dark and gripping tale that pits an ex-army surgeon against a brutal and bloodthirsty harpooner.

 

“I’ve been a fan of Rupert Thomson’s writing for more than 20 years and Ian McGuire’s latest novel is a thrilling tour de force. I hope that this event will lead you to discover and enjoy both authors’ work.”
Festival Director, Michelle Hodgson

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 12 March

Location, Location, Location: The importance of setting in crime novels and thrillers, with Frances Brody, Christopher Fowler and Tom Harper

4pm (running time approx 1 hour), £3 (£1.50)
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, New North Parade (behind the railway station) HD1 5JP

There has been a death in the Yorkshire Dales. A murder on a London street. And deep in the Amazon, a group of explorers keeps getting smaller…

In this fascinating panel discussion, three authors talk about the importance of setting in their work.

Frances Brody is the author of a series of delightful period mysteries set in 1920s Yorkshire and featuring stylish amateur sleuth, Kate Shackleton, the latest of which is A Death in the Dales.

Christopher Fowler is the author of the popular Bryant & May detective series set mostly in London between WWII and the present – contemporary crime fiction’s answer to Holmes & Watson.

Tom Harper is a York-based writer who produces dazzling Indian Jones-style thrillers set in exotic locations. In his latest, Black River, a doctor looks for a lost city in the heart of the Amazonian forests.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 12 March
Poetry Slam hosted by Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi)

8pm £3 (£1.50)
Age guidance: 16+
The Parish, 28 Kirkgate HD1 1QQ

A no-holds barred celebration of voice and volume for performance poets of all skill levels, with a top prize of £50.

Loud, funny, hard hitting – bring your poems, raps, comedy and confessions to be performed live and judged by audience members. Or just come along for the entertainment.

Hosted by Rosie Garland, aka Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen: singer with The March Violets, cabaret artiste, award-winning poet, short story writer, essayist and novelist.

No additional entry fee for performers – simply book your ticket and turn up with two pieces of work to perform.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 13 March
The 101 Greatest Plays, with Michael Billington & Sam Marlowe

1pm (approx running time 1hr). £10 (Kirklees Passport: £7, under 26 £7)
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Syngenta Cellar, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street HD1 2SP

What makes a great play? Does the definition change in different eras? How can you choose between Hamlet and King Lear?

Britain’s longest standing theatre critic Michael Billington talks to Times critic Samantha Marlowe about the provocative and personal selection of plays collected in his new book: 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity to the Present.

Michael Billington OBE has seen around 9,000 plays in his 50 years as a critic. Theatre critic of The Guardian since 1971, he has contributed to several TV and radio arts shows, and is the author of a number of books, including a biography of Harold Pinter.

Samantha Marlowe is a respected theatre critic, who regularly reviews for The Times and Time Out. A judge for Theatre Awards UK, Sam originally trained as an actor.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 13 March
Literary Afternoon Tea

3-5pm, £15 (£12 conc) price includes afternoon tea
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Huddersfield Golf Club, Fixby Hall, Lightridge Road HD2 2EP

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the beautiful setting of Fixby Hall with two fabulously entertaining guests.

Milly Johnson is the Sunday Times bestselling author of 15 novels – her latest, Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café, has sold more than 100,000 copies.

Hailing from Barnsley, Millie is also a poet, after-dinner speaker, professional joke writer, columnist, cruise correspondent, short-story writer and past winner of Come Dine With Me.

James Bran is a stand-up, comic poet, MC and haiku writer – a rising talent who is attracting considerable critical acclaim.

“His material is innovative, engaging, original and very funny… A hilarious and bold act that deserves to be seen by more people”

The Good Ship Comedy Club

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

 

 

Post-festival events...

Wednesday 16 March
Ted Hughes lecture

FREE EVENT

6.30pm, free
No age guidance (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
Room WG59, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH

In the first of a new series of monthly lectures from the English & Creative Writing Subject Area, Steve Ely corrects two misconceptions about Ted Hughes’ life and work.

For more info, see: https://www.hud.ac.uk/courses/supporting/engc/lecturesandconferences

PLEASE NOTE: this event is being run by an outside organisation rather than HLF. Any queries about the event should be addressed to them.

 

Sunday 3 April

Irvine Welsh

2.30pm (approx running time 1 hour), £10 (£5 conc)
Age guidance: 16+
Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH

One of the most influential novelists of his generation, Irvine Welsh kicks off his UK tour with a special HLF event, In Conversation with Nick Ahad.

The author of 10 novels, Welsh came to prominence with his debut Trainspotting (1993), which was successfully adapted for stage and screen. A film adaptation of Filth was released in 2013 and Porno (sequel to Trainspotting) will start filming this year, with the original cast and director Danny Boyle.

At this not-to-be-missed In Conversation event, Welsh will be discussing his brand new novel The Blade Artist, which sees the dark past of Trainspotting character, Begbie, catch up with his reinvented present-day self.

 

 

 

Irvine Welsh author photo c. Rankin

 

 

 

 

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