Huddersfield Literature Festival
Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) is an award-winning 10-day festival held annually in the West Yorkshire town each Spring. A blended Festival of 50+ digital, outdoor and venue-based events held online and at accessible spaces champions accessibility, diversity and under-represented groups.
Its organisers are proud to showcase 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, events for young people and family friendly event, many of which are free.
Their many activities also include supporting the local LGBTQ+ community through their ‘Polari Up North’ event, working closely with Huddersfield Town Football Club to stage events with their supporters and hosting events for neurodiverse children and adults and projects for SEN families.
Established in 2006, HLF is a major fixture on the town’s cultural calendar with an audience approval rating of between 98%-100%. As a not-for-profit limited company, the festival is supported by grants, ticket sales and sponsorship.
Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director at HLF told us: “Funding from Magic Little Grants been invaluable for the Huddersfield Literature Festival, both to support specific projects and to help us demonstrate match funding when applying to the Arts Council. Additionally, using the Localgiving platform has helped us to attract regular donations to support our work."
Speakers in 2022 included Lemn Sissay (pictured above), Pete Paphides, Joanna Harris and Dr John Cooper Clarke, with the next festival confirmed for 23rd March – 2nd April 2023