Literary Afternoon Tea at HLF2014

Date: 06th April 2014

Join us for sandwiches, scones and stories at the first ever Huddersfield Literature Festival Afternoon Tea on Sunday 6 April 2014.

As well as a tasty Yorkshire afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of Fixby Hall (Huddersfield Golf Club), you will be able to enjoy talks by bestselling novelists Marina Lewycka and Matt Haig – all for just £15 a ticket (conc. £10; book 10 tickets for the price of nine).

Booking from the end of January:

By phone: 01484 430528
In person: LBT, Queen St, HD1 2SP, or Huddersfield Visitor Info, Central Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, HD1 2SU or Waterstones, Huddersfield

Please note: event details may be subject to change, please check our Diary of Events page or call 01484 430528.

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka (c. Gabriel Szabo (Guzelian)) 316 kb

Marina Lewycka
(c. Gabriel Szabo (Guzelian))

Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, after World War Two, and grew up in Sussex, Doncaster, Gainsborough and Witney. She now lives in Sheffield.

Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was published in 2005 when she was 58 years old, and went on to sell a million copies in 35 languages. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction, long listed for the Man Booker prize, won the 2005 Saga Award for Wit and the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.

Her second novel Two Caravans (2007) (published in US as Strawberry Fields) was short-listed for the George Orwell prize for political writing. We Are All Made of Glue was published in 2009, and Various Pets Alive and Dead is her most recent novel, published in 2012, bringing together hippies, hamsters and the financial crisis.

Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC radio, and her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Sunday Telegraph and Financial Times. She is now working on her fifth novel, set in the Derbyshire Peak District. In her spare time she used to enjoy walking and gardening.

Marina Lewycka’s website

Matt Haig

Matt Haig (c. Clive Doyle)

Matt Haig
(c. Clive Doyle)

Matt Haigh has written includes novels, screenplays, children’s novels and journalism. His novels have now been translated into 29 languages.

His first novel, The Last Family in England (2004) was a UK bestseller and the film rights were sold to Brad Pitt’s production company. Since then he’s written The Dead Fathers Club (2006) and The Possession of Mr Cave (2008), which have been translated into 10 languages.

The Radleys, won an ALA Alex Award in America, has been shortlisted for the Portico prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and has been translated into 29 languages most recently Lithuania. It won the TV Book Club Summer Read. Matt has written the screenplay with the help of the UK Film Council, which is being produced into a film by Alfonso Cuaron and BBC Films. It was written as an adult novel, but in addition to the Canongate edition there is a young adult edition available in the UK published by Walker Books.

He has also written children’s books, the first of which, Shadow Forest, won the Nestle/Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award (2009) and eight regional awards. Both Shadow Forest and it’s sequel The Runaway Troll were re-packaged and re-published for release in the UK in 2013, to coincide with the launch of the paperback edition of his new kids book, To Be a Cat.

Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire in 1975, Matt has since lived in Nottinghamshire, Ibiza and London. He studied English and History at Hull University and then did an MA at Leeds. He currently lives in York with the writer Andrea Semple and their children Lucas and Pearl. In 2009, Matt won the Yorkshire Young Achievers ‘Achievement in the Arts’ Award.

Matt Haig website

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