The award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival has secured Arts Council funding to present a diverse programme of venue-based, online and hybrid events in spring 2023. The festival will run from 23 March to 2 April 2023, with a theme of ‘Music’ to tie in with the Kirklees Year of Music 2023 initiative.

A finalist in the 2022 Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation Awards, the Festival will offer a wide representation of authors and performers in a comprehensive programme of talks, workshops, performance poetry, family events, wellbeing activities, multi-arts performances and partnership projects. The theme of ‘Music’ will run through the Festival programme and there will be an expanded Schools Programme of workshops and activities.
Established in 2006, the Festival will also work closely with KLTV (Kirklees Local TV) to increase its hybrid offer, as part of a commitment to accessibility.

Festival Director Michelle Hodgson said: “We are delighted have secured inward investment for Huddersfield from the Arts Council, which recognises Kirklees as a Priority Place for arts and culture. We are also grateful for ongoing support from our sponsors and the University of Huddersfield, and we are looking forward to working closely with various local partners, including the Kirklees Year of Music 2023. We’re well aware of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and will continue to offer many free or low-cost events for the local community to enjoy, from free family events to creative and wellbeing workshops.”

Events will be available to view and book on the Festival website later this autumn and further information can be found at: