Welcome to the Bradford Literature Festival, hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK. With over 500 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, we celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms. Every year we invite world-renowned authors, poets, musicians and artists to visit our spectacular city and share their expertise and passions with you, the audience. Bradford truly is the place to be from 28th June- 7th July 2019!

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BLF takes home the trophy!

2018 has been an exciting year for the festival, recently named as Yorkshire’s Tourism Event of the Year, and taking home the Education trophy at the Chamber of Commerce Raising the Bar Awards. Festival Director, Syima Aslam, has also won the H100 award for Publishing and was named  Professional of the Year at the Yorkshire Asian Business Awards.

2018 Festival Highlights

Watch our fantastic 2018 highlights film to re-cap all the amazing events that took place this year. Who knows, you may even spot yourself in the crowd!

Northern Noir: Crime Writing Competition

This year, we launched a fantastic new competition to find the next generation of northern crime writers. The competition is now closed, keep your eyes peeled for the winners announced on 17th December!

The Brontë Stones Project

Earlier in the year we were thrilled to announce the launch of our exciting Brontë Stones project, featuring new works by Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and Jeanette Winterson. Click here to find out more!

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