Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival
Genre Literary festival
Location(s) Huddersfield, England
Years active 2006–present

Huddersfield Literature Festival is an annual literary festival which takes place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England.[1] In addition to author events, creative writing classes and poetry nights, the festival has run creative writing competitions. The 2nd festival, in 2007, featured an appearance by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, and the novelist Joanne Harris.[2] HLF 2013 took place from 14–17 March 2013 and HLF2014 from 6-16 March 2014. The next Huddersfield Literature Festival is scheduled to run from 5–15 March 2015 with a theme of Into the Future.


The current director is Michelle Hodgson of Key Words, who is supported by the former director, author Michael Stewart, and patrons Lemn Sissay and Sir Patrick Stewart as well as a student team. In April 2013, Michelle featured in The Independent on Sunday '​s Happy List for her work with the festival.


Originally conceived in 2006 the festival was funded by the University of Huddersfield and the Arts Council, with support from Kirklees Metropolitan Council and Transpennine Express, amongst others.[3]

After running annually from 2006–2011, the festival took a break in 2012. It was relaunched in 2013 with authors Joanne Harris, Jodi Picoult, Kate Atkinson, Jeremy Dyson, Michael Stewart and Annabel Pitcher all taking part in events. The festival attracted in total around 1,300 people at venues such as the University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield Art Gallery and Huddersfield Town Hall. It also included Huddersfield Manga Con 2013.

In 2014, the festival showcased around 100 performers at 12 venues and attracted around 3,500 people in total to its events.

Notable visiting authors


Abdellatif Akbib (Winner of the British Council Literary Prize 2003 [4]), Francesca Beard, Martyn Bedford, John Boyne, Donna Daley-Clarke,[5] David Stuart Davies, Gideon Defoe, Jeremy Dyson, Paul Farley, Mark Gatiss, George Green, Sarah Hall, Stephen Hall, Geoff Hattersley, Peter Hobbs, Gaia Holmes,[6] Simon Ings, Helen Ivory, Chris Kerr, Shamshad Khan,[7] Frances Leviston, Mil Millington, Julie Myerson, Patrick Neate, Jacob Polley, Geoff Ryman, Adam Strickson,[8] George Szirtes, Dr Harriet Tarlo,[9] Sophie Wainwright (aka: Sophie Codman),[10][11] Louise Welsh


Andrew Motion, Joanne Harris, Adam Foulds, Joolz Denby, Simon Trewin[12]], Simon Scarrow, Robert Low, Dorothea Smartt,[13] Gaia Holmes, Shamshad Khan. Lee Hughes, David Wheatley, Rommi Smith,[14] George Green, Michael Stewart, Sol B River.


Ann Cleeves, Duncan Lawrie, Joanne Harris, Doreen Lawrence, Kester Aspden CWO Gold Dagger Winner 2008,[15] Sefi Atta, Janet Fisher,[16] Louise Page, Jim Greenhalf,[17] Nick Toczek[18] and Yunis Alan.


Joanne Harris, Lemn Sissay, Ian McMillan, John Cooper Clarke, Mark E. Smith, Simon Armitage.


Alexei Sayle, A. L. Kennedy, Sara Maitland, Moniza Alvi.


David Peace. Melvin Burgess, David Nobbs, Anne Fine.


Break year, no festival.


Jodi Picoult, Kate Atkinson, Joanne Harris, Jeremy Dyson, Annabel Pitcher, Michael Stewart, Monkey Poet, Andrew Mitchell, Gaia Holmes.


Kate Adie, Annapurna Indian Dance, David Barnett, Paul Burston, Jim Crace, Mari Hannah, Joanne Harris, Gwyneth Hughes, Keith Jarrett, Marina Lewycka, VG Lee, Adam Lowe, Ken MacLeod, Sunny Ormonde, Lemn Sissay and Jah Wobble.


  1. ^ Price, Stuart (6 March 2010). "Ten best talks & festivals", The Independent, p. 10.
  2. ^ Campling, Katie (2007-01-20). "Festival pulls in big names". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 
  3. ^ Literature Festival Website History
  4. ^ British Testimonials
  5. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (April 22, 2006). "Q&A Donna Daley-Clarke". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Literature Northwest
  7. ^ Poetry International
  8. ^ BBC Bradford
  9. ^ Sheffield Hallam University
  10. ^ Terry Pratchett Books
  11. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post
  12. ^ The – Simon Trewin
  13. ^ Contemporary Dorothea Smartt
  14. ^ British Council – Rommi Smith, Writer in Residence
  15. ^ Crime Writers Association – Kester Aspden
  16. ^ Poetry PF – Janet Fisher
  17. ^ Euro – Jim Greenhalf
  18. ^ Fife – Nick Toczek

External links

  • Official website
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