Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival / News / Fri 08 Mar 2019

Top Crime Authors Call For Support of Libraries

Top Crime Authors Call For Support of Libraries

Bestselling crime writers, Ann Cleeves and Cath Staincliffe, made impassioned speeches in favour of libraries at a pre-Festival event for the 2019 Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF2019) last night (Wednesday 6 March).

Around 230 people attended the event at the University of Huddersfield, where both authors talked about their writing careers, the TV adaptations of their books and the importance of libraries to individuals and local communities.

Festival Director, Michelle Hodgson, said:

“Both Ann and Cath talked about the benefits of libraries, from access to free books enhancing literacy skills to providing a hub for the local community.”

“Ann particularly encouraged all audience members to join their local library and use it regularly to help keep libraries open.”

Ann Cleeves is the author of the Shetland novels, now in its fifth series as a major BBC1 drama, and the Vera Stanhope novels, currently in its ninth ITV series as Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn. Ann previously worked for Kirklees Library Services in Huddersfield and facilitated the setting up of the Festival in 2006.

Cath Staincliffe is the author of the Sal Killkenny series, the Scott & Bailey novels, based on the popular TV series, and the creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder, which stars Caroline Quentin. Her latest standalone novel is Fear of Falling.

This year’s Festival will launch on 20 March with events running from 21 – 31 March at venues across the town. Guest authors include Alan Johnson, Darren Henley, Janet Ellis, Joanne Harris, Johnny Ball, Kit de Waal, Mike Gayle, Nikesh Shukla and Owen O’Neill.

As well as author talks, the Festival will include free family events, a Literary Afternoon Tea, comedy performers, writing workshops, performance poetry, LGBTQ+ events, a Cosplay Ball, a Wellbeing Weekend and Events Around Autism.

The Festival is both accessible and inclusive with several free events, Stagetext subtitling at selected events and Access Guides to venues.

Full information on all events, venues and tickets can be found on the Festival website, where anyone wishing to receive advance information can sign up to the mailing list or unlock special benefits by becoming a ‘Festival Friend’.

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