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Welcome to Bradford Literature Festival

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Save the dates: 23 June – 2 July 2023:

Thank you to everyone who attended Bradford Literature Festival 2022. It was an amazing 10 days of over 500 events, with world-class authors, speakers, poets and performers from around the globe.

As our first fully live programme since before the pandemic, Bradford Literature Festival 2022 will go down in history as one of our most special ever.


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If you attended BLF2022, whether it was a ticketed event, a free family fun day or as part of our Education Programme, we want to hear from you. Please use the Survey Monkey link to complete our 2022 Festival Questionnaire. Every entry will be added into a prize draw to win a free Amazon Kindle.

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Your feedback is important to us as it helps us know what we got right and what needs to improve for future events. It’s also used to secure funding to make sure we can return bigger and better next year.

Keep your eye on our website and social media channels for details of future Bradford Literature Festival events, including a Digital Programme of online content.

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Finally, thank you to all our sponsors and funders without whom, Bradford Literature Festival would not be possible.


Festival Information

Little Amal to Journey Through Bradford, Sharing a Message of Hope

Bradford and Bradford Literature Festival are honoured to welcome Little Amal to City Park for a parade, poetry performances and craft activities as she visits us on 20th June to meet new friends and share a message of hope.

Amal is a 3.5 meter puppet. From July to November 2021, representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Amal travelled over 8,000km embodying the urgent message “Don’t forget about us”.

On World Refugee Day, Amal will visit Bradford, one of the most culturally diverse and youngest populations in the United Kingdom.

BLF Founder, CEO and Co-Founder awarded MBEs in the New Year Honours for services to literature and heritage respectively.

We are so proud and delighted that our Founder, CEO and AD Syima Aslam and Co-Founder Irna Qureshi have been have been awarded MBEs in the New Year Honours for services to literature and heritage respectively. This is a tremendous accolade for work of the festival and for these fabulous women.Syima said; “The city of Bradford and its people have been the inspiration for the festival’s innovative programmes of exceptional arts and culture, international in outlook with roots firmly planted in the industrial heritage of Yorkshire.”

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Here at BLF, we are committed to making all our events as inclusive and accessible as possible, which is why our ticket prices remain low and why many of our events are free.

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