Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival / News / Wed 19 Feb 2020

Pancakes & Poetry at Huddersfield Literature Festival Preview

Pancakes & Poetry at Huddersfield Literature Festival Preview

Huddersfield Literature Festival is celebrating Shrove Tuesday with a Preview of forthcoming events, plus a poetry reading and an author In Conversation with Sairish Hussain

There are plenty of treats in store at this year’s Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF2020), starting with pancakes and poetry at the Festival Preview event at Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield, 6pm on 25 February: Shrove Tuesday.

The annual Preview is a popular event, where the final Festival line-up is announced and guests can pick up copies of the printed programme.

This year will feature a reading by Michael Stewart from a new edition of his poetry collection Couples, a blackly comic sequence of poems that explore the nature of co-dependency.

Michael will then present an In Conversation with debut author Sairish Hussain. Born and brought up in Bradford, Sairish studied English Language and Literature at the University of Huddersfield and progressed on to an MA in Creative Writing. She completed her PhD in 2019, after being awarded the University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. Sairish will be talking about her debut novel, The Family Tree, a moving multi-generational story of love and family, chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as ‘One of the best new books by black and POC authors in 2020.’

The Preview will also see the premier of a three-minute animated film, created by award-winning Huddersfield company, Fettle Animation, as part of the Festival project: The Creative Mind. A partnership between the Festival and Words in Mind (a Volunteering Kirklees Bibliotherapy project), the film explores ideas around creativity and mental wellbeing, with contributions from Kit de Waal, Joanne Harris, Jackie Kay, Lisa Luxx, Nikesh Shukla and Lemn Sissay.

Tickets for the Preview are free from:

HLF2020 runs from 19-29 March (with some pre-Festival events). This year’s line-up includes 2019 Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo, “Queen of Crime” Val McDermid, poet and Festival Patron Lemn Sissay, and Strictly pro and bestselling novelist Anton Du Beke. Plus Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister, Being Mr Wickham, Celebrating Toni Morrison, a Moomins puppet show and a Qawalli Night, along with workshops, performance poetry, several free children’s events and a variety of discussion topics.

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