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Save the dates: 24th June – 3rd July 2022

Thank you to all our wonderful, audiences, speakers, staff, volunteers and venues for helping to make Bradford Literature Festival 2021 a huge success!

You can still catch up on our digital programme in our on demand archive; and for those with children, we have a full digital education programme live now here.

We’ll be back later in the year with more events and, of course, we’ll see you next year for BLF 2022!

Festival Projects & Themes

We work year-round delivering projects across Bradford and the West Yorkshire region. For information on our current projects and related events, click on the tiles below.

Festival Information

Literature Unlocked

Thanks to everyone who came along to Literature Unlocked, our Family Fun Days which took place in parks across Bradford this summer. We welcomed thousands of visitors to an inspiring mix of storytelling, live theatre and music, creative workshops and craft sessions. We also gave away hundreds of books to children. Thanks to all our fantastic artists and partners, and to everyone who came along!

New Sponsor Baillie Gifford

New sponsor Baillie Gifford is a long-term supporter of non-fiction. If you enjoy non-fiction, you may be interested in their award-winning magazine, Trust, which is full of insightful articles on innovations that are transforming our world, along with exclusive author interviews and promotions from their busy literary festival sponsorship.

Aladdin and the Stolen Stories

Introducing Aladdin and the Stolen Stories: A Digital Storytelling experience created by Bradford Literature Festival with Wrongsemble. All episodes are available to stream now.

Free & Discounted Tickets

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.

The Brontë Stones Project

In 2018 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. The final piece – the Anne Stone – was unveiled at the 2019 Festival.

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