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Arts Council England sets Huddersfield Literature Festival off to a flying start

October 13, 2016

A press release:

The Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) has been awarded increased funding of £45,000 from Arts Council England for the 2017 Festival. With this funding next year’s Festival will provide an even more diverse selection of events with a commitment to being more accessible to an even larger section of the local community. The Arts Council’s grant is supported by funding from Huddersfield University, local business sponsorship and local community volunteers.


HLF2017 will take place at venues in Huddersfield from 4-19 March 2017, with a theme of “Courage”. Audiences can find out more about upcoming events by attending the Festival’s free Preview event, which will be held at the Taproom at Magic Rock Brewing in Huddersfield on Wednesday 30 November. This will be prefaced by a social media campaign asking people to share words with supported images of what courage means to them.


Michelle Dickson, Director North, Arts Council England said, “Huddersfield Literature Festival has now established itself as a dynamic and important part of the Northern literature landscape attracting large audiences from all parts of the community. I’m delighted that we have been able to increase our funding to enable the festival to programme even more diverse work that will entice many more visitors. I look forward to visiting the festival next year.”


“We are very excited about the opportunity to grow and improve our Festival, thanks to this increased funding, as well as the funds already secured from the University of Huddersfield and the kind support of our sponsors” commented Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director.


“Our success is also down to the volunteers that support the Festival every year. We’re always looking for more helpers, so if you want to get involved please contact us.”


For information on how to become a volunteer, please contact Julia Lilof:


If you are interested in taking part as a performer or want to know details of the authors and entertainment that will be taking place in 2017, visit the Get in Touch tab on our website: For advance information on upcoming events, you can sign up to our newsletter by emailing To book a free place at the 30 November Preview, visit:


The Festival is a finalist in the Arts & Culture category of the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2016 and will take place from 4-19 March 2017 with the theme of “Courage”.


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