Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival / News / Wed 28 Nov 2018

Book festival brings funding into local economy

Book festival brings funding into local economy

Book Festival brings funding into the local economy
The Huddersfield Literature Festival announces its dates and themes,
supported by a major Arts Council grant

The award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) will return in March 2019, having won its bid for funding from the Arts Council.

The annual Festival will run from 21-31 March 2019 with a theme of ‘Memory’ and a programme that will include major names, author talks, panel discussions, workshops, performance poetry, free family events, LGBTQ+ performers and more.

Festival organisers are currently putting in bids for authors and events. Already confirmed for Thursday 21 March is a family-friendly talk ‘Ask an Ocean Explorer’ by Dr Jon Copley, an Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement, who worked on David Attenborough’s popular BBC series Blue Planet II.

Partnership events are in the pipeline with Magic Rock Taproom, Huddersfield Town Foundation, Words In Mind and several other local organisations, and the ‘Events Around Autism’ strand, launched in 2018, will return and be developed in 2019.

Information on events and tickets will be posted on the Festival website:, over the next few months, where anyone wishing to receive advance information can sign up to the mailing list or unlock special benefits by becoming a ‘Festival Friend’.

Festival Director, Michelle Hodgson said: “We’re really thrilled to have been awarded an Arts Council grant again this year to support our 2019 Festival. There is a lot of competition for Arts Council funding, but we put forward a strong case, with a wide range of high-profile and community events.”

She continued: “The grant brings important funding into the local economy, supporting printers, distributors, venues and local organisations, as well as established and emerging writers, poets and performers. The Festival also brings money into the town from outside visitors, which again benefits the local daytime and night-time economy. We also very much appreciate the funding and support we receive every year from the University of Huddersfield and from local business sponsors, such as Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe & Co, Stafflex and the Kingsgate Centre, to mention a few.”

New date for Literary Afternoon Tea
The Festival’s Literary Afternoon Tea, with Guardian columnist Tim Dowling and crime author Vaseem Khan, which was postponed from March due to snow, has been rescheduled for Sunday 11 November 2018.

Existing tickets for this event remain valid and a few tickets are available to purchase through the Festival website or at Waterstones, Kingsgate.

For more information, visit or call 01484 951108.

About Huddersfield Literature Festival
The Festival began in 2006, and takes place annually in March, offering a diverse programme of events at venues across the town. Recent performers include Dame Jenni Murray, Alan Johnson MP, Ian Rankin, Lemn Sissay and Irvine Welsh; there are also children’s events, library events, dance, creative writing workshops, LGBTQ+ events, a Poetry Slam, Open Mic, a popular Literary Afternoon Tea and an ‘Events Around Autism’ strand.

Events are held in accessible venues with Access Guides on the Festival website, many are free or low cost, and several have live subtitling by Stagetext to make them accessible to audiences who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

The 2016 and 2017 Festivals were both finalists in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards, and the Festival won a 2017 Huddersfield Examiner Community Award (Arts).

The 2018 Festival highlights included events with Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Vine, Helen Pankhurst, Joanne Harris, Owen O’Neill, Lucy Mangan, Annabel Pitcher, plus the Annapurna Indian Dancers and an Events Around Autism strand.

Press contact: Michelle Hodgson:; 07771 530 450


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