Welcome to the Bradford Literature Festival, hailed as one of the most inspirational and inclusive 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, speakers, musicians and artists to visit our spectacular city and share their knowledge and passions with you, the audience.
Visit ‘What’s On’ to discover upcoming events or to watch highlights from our 2020 Digital Programme, available to view on demand now.
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.
How will you feel “When All of This is Over…”? This series of five beautiful poetry films by international poets and diverse visual artists explore visions of life and messages of hope in a post-pandemic world.
The 2020 Bradford Literature Festival took place online. Our Digital Programme is still available to view on demand, with all the intellect, passion and joy of the live festival, streamed directly into your own home.
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.
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.