Date: 06th March 2014
Top authors, storytelling, poetry performance and creative writing workshops – the 2014 Huddersfield Literature Festival looks set to be a major draw, with something for everyone.
Around 450 people attended Jodi Picoult’s event at Huddersfield Town Hall (pic Jodi Picoult (right) with Festival Director Michelle Hodgson).
The 2014 Festival, which runs from 6-16 March 2014 with a theme of ‘Remembrance’, will include an In Conversation with Booker Prize nominee Jim Crace, who recently announced his retirement from writing, as well as events with Kate Adie and Joanne Harris.
It will once again feature the popular Manga Con – this year in a new venue at the University of Huddersfield, which was recently voted University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.
For music lovers there is a choice of music, dance and storytelling from the Annapurna Indian Dance company, a Darwin sea shanty and dance event, and a talk from Jazz Summers – the former manager of Wham! and the Verve – which will be followed by an 80s covers band at the Rock Café.
There will be storytelling at the Tolson Museum, a one-woman show from Sunny Ormonde – The Archers’ outrageous Lilian Bellamy – an open mic event with Talking Zebras and a Meet the Agent & Editor event with senior figures from the publishing world.
A full afternoon of events will be dedicated to The Life & Works of Iain (M) Banks, the novelist who died in June 2013.
The festival will also once again take over PechaKucha at the Media Centre, with speakers presenting 20 slides each in 20 seconds – one of the most popular events at the 2013 festival.
Recently named one of the world’s best LGBT events, London’s Polari literary salon will feature as Polari Up North – the first time this event has ever been held north of Watford. Hosted by author and journalist Paul Burston, the event will showcase the work of Mari Hannah, Keith Jarrett, VG Lee and Adam Lowe.
Poet and festival patron Lemn Sissay will round off the festival, headlining an afternoon of events focusing on human rights, including stories of British soldiers in the First World War.
And a post festival Literary Afternoon Tea on 6 April will feature bestselling authors Marina Lewycka and Matt Haig, among others.
We now have our schedule in place, which can be viewed on the Diary of Events page of the festival website.
If you’d like to volunteer as a Festival Champion or for any further information on next year’s festival, please contact Michelle@key-words.co.uk; 01484 430 228.
Visit the HLF website for updates on authors attending and our diary of events.