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Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival Huddersfield Literature Festival

An award-winning 10-day Festival held annually in the spring. A blended Festival of 50+ digital, outdoor and venue-based events held online and at accessible spaces in Huddersfield, HLF champions accessibility, diversity and under-represented groups.

Showcasing emerging writers and artists alongside major names, the Festival offers a diverse programme of author talks, workshops, discussion topics, performance poetry, multi-arts performances, wellbeing projects and family friendly events.

Innovative special projects and commissions, often inspired by local community partnerships, are designed to promote community cohesion, improve wellbeing and proactively engage with under-represented artists, performers and audiences.

With many free and low-cost events, including some with live subtitling, and Access Guides to key venues, HLF promotes accessibility with a view to offering more opportunities for a wider range of people to enjoy arts and culture.

Established in 2006, HLF is a major fixture on the town’s cultural calendar. The Festival has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards on three occasions (2016, 2017 & 2020), and in 2017 won the Examiner Community Award for Arts.

A not-for-profit organisation, we aim to keep ticket prices affordable while providing entertainment and inspiration for local people, attracting visitors from elsewhere in the UK and beyond, and driving footfall into the town centre.

To receive advance updates or find out more about volunteering visit our website or contact our Festival Manager, Julia Lilof by email:

Follow us on social media:
Twitter @Hudd_Lit_Fest
Facebook @HuddersfieldLiteratureFestival
Instagram: @huddlitfest_official

Festival Director: Michelle Hodgson

Next festival - 24 March - 3 April 2022

Some events are free but may require advance booking, some are pay on the door. For more information, visit:

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Festival launches free resources to help SEND children / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-05-16T00:00:00Z">Mon 16 May 2022</span>Festival launches free resources to help SEND children / Mon 16 May 2022

Families with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) can now enjoy free resources thanks to a Huddersfield Literature Festival project, My Family Creates, which launched this week. Created by local industry exp...

HLF announces its exciting programme for spring 2022 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-01-25T00:00:00Z">Tue 25 Jan 2022</span>HLF announces its exciting programme for spring 2022 / Tue 25 Jan 2022

The award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival returns this spring with a blended programme of online and venue-based events. The Festival will run from 24 March – 3 April 2022, with a theme of ‘One World’, focusing ...

Huddersfield Literature Festival announces Autumn line-up / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-08-24T00:00:00Z">Tue 24 Aug 2021</span>Huddersfield Literature Festival announces Autumn line-up / Tue 24 Aug 2021

Following two years of digital festivals, due to Covid 19, Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) has announced a series of live events between September and Christmas. Primal Scream founder and frontman Bobby Gilles...

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Book Launch – Four Letter Words / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-04-07T00:00:00Z">Thu 07 Apr 2022</span>Book Launch – Four Letter Words / Thu 07 Apr 2022

Award-winning novelist, poet and playwright Michael Stewart launches his gritty and blackly comic new collection of short fiction Four Letter Words, exploring twin contemporary urban dystopias: work and home. The firs...

Dewey – Research and Development / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-03-30T00:00:00Z">Wed 30 Mar</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2022-04-04T00:00:00Z">Mon 04 Apr 2022</span> <span>(6 days)</span>Dewey – Research and Development / Wed 30 Mar to Mon 04 Apr 2022 (6 days)

Balbir Singh Dance Company will be in residence at the HLF Hub, researching their new work Dewey, which explores the world of libraries through dance. The Dewey Decimal System is a way of organising the books in a librar...

Exhibition: One World, My Story / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-03-05T00:00:00Z">Sat 05 Mar</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2022-04-04T00:00:00Z">Mon 04 Apr 2022</span> <span>(1 month)</span>Exhibition: One World, My Story / Sat 05 Mar to Mon 04 Apr 2022 (1 month)

Sharing Our Stories is a Women’s Refugee Writing Group, that meet to share experiences of coming to the UK and their hopes for the future. Commissioned by the Festival, this exhibition of photographs and accompanying ...

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Freelance Festival Admin Support – job opportunity / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-11-12T00:00:00Z">Fri 12 Nov 2021</span>Freelance Festival Admin Support – job opportunity / Fri 12 Nov 2021

We are recruiting! JOB TITLE: Freelance Festival Admin Support Do you love words, books and literature? Are you an organised, reliable and enthusiastic team player, with a proactive approach and the ability to work...

SPECIAL OFFER Festival Friend membership £25 until 30 November / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-11-30T00:00:00Z">Sat 30 Nov 2019</span>SPECIAL OFFER Festival Friend membership £25 until 30 November / Sat 30 Nov 2019

Becoming a Friend of Huddersfield Literature Festival is a great way to help support the Festival as we grow and develop. To show how much we appreciate our Friends, we have put together a package of benefits. Friends...

Love literary and cultural events? Volunteer with HLF 2020 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-10-26T00:00:00Z">Sat 26 Oct 2019</span>Love literary and cultural events? Volunteer with HLF 2020 / Sat 26 Oct 2019

Huddersfield Literature Festival is looking for volunteers for 2020 who are interested in literature and other cultural activities. They are holding a volunteer drive on Saturday 26 October at the Piazza in Huddersfield ...

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HLF 2019 reviewHLF 2019 review

A video showing the highlights of all activities from Huddersfield Literature Festival 2019