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!

Festival Themes

The festival prides itself on exploring current affairs and topical subjects, as well as history, literature and poetry. Each year the festival focuses on particular themes, see below for this year’s highlighted themes and their events.

Festival Information

Discounted & Free Tickets Available

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join us at BLF 2019. Free tickets are available for anybody on benefits or living in social housing, refugees and asylum seekers, and anyone caring for a disabled audience member. Discounts are available for the disabled, students, senior citizens and more. Check whether you are eligible by clicking here.

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!

2018: A Winning Year

In 2018, BLF was named as Yorkshire’s Tourism Event of the Year, and took home the Education trophy at the Raising the Bar Awards. Festival Director, Syima Aslam, won the H100 award for Publishing and was named  Professional of the Year at the Yorkshire Asian Business Awards.

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