Huddersfield Literature Festival 2016

Huddersfield Literature Festival Marks Ten Years

Marking 10 years in 2016, the line-up for the Huddersfield Literature Festival has been its strongest yet.  The 2016 Festival also marked the centenary of the birth of Harold Wilson in Huddersfield, and the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte.

Irvine Welsh, explorer Levison Wood, Joanne Harris, actor and comedian Ben Miller, theatre critic Michael Billington, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay, Christopher Fowler, Rupert Thomson, Claire Harman, Milly Johnson and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher all featured this year.  Alan Johnson MP presented the annual Harold Wilson Lecture, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

A Big Screen Family Day, John Peel Pub Quiz, Writing and Publishing Workshops, events for National Libraries Day, LGBT events, Open Mic Night and Poetry Competition ensured that the tenth anniversary has been celebrated in style.

For pictures and the full programme visit: www.litfest.org.uk/

The HLF is committed to providing accessible events and some events this year had live subtitling by Stagetext to give deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences access to events.

PR Collective’s current campaigns

See more campaigns →

Nine Nasty Words

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

Read more →

I Can’t Believe It’s Baby Food!

My aim is to help parents make both cooking and mealtimes as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. It’s all about sharing food that the whole family will love, with your baby in a highchair pulled up to the table. Apart from the first few weeks of weaning, there really is no need to cook twice. In fact, it’s much better that you don’t! Your baby will benefit both nutritionally and developmentally from eating with you; and, if you are not stuck in the kitchen all day preparing endless different meals, you’ll be happier and less frazzled, too.

Your child’s development depends on three key areas of health that are intertwined and are interdependent – these are the Brain, the Immune system and the Gut (BIG). The first thousand days seems to be the critical window to get this essential BIG nutrition trio functioning well, as that is when your baby’s mind, immune-resilience and intestinal health are being primed for the future.

Read more →

Extra Life

Steven Johnson will present a four-part television series with historian David Olusoga, also titled Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer. As with the book, the series, set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, explores the lessons learned from previous global pandemics—including smallpox, cholera, the Spanish flu, and others—and reveals how scientists, doctors, self-experimenters, and activists launched a public health revolution, saving millions of lives, fundamentally changing how we think about illness and ultimately paving the way for modern medicine.

Read more →