About Bradford Literature Festival

Bradford Literature Festival was founded in 2014 to create a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. The festival curates an atmospheric blend of voices, combining the work of leading writers, performers and poets with emerging talent. In 2019, over 400 events took place across 10 days, capturing the hearts and imaginations of more than 70,000 people.

Bradford Literature Festival offers a programme of events like no other. We create exceptional discussions and debates and invite audiences to engage directly with world-renowned authors and speakers. The festival explores the intimate relationship between words and other art forms such as film, theatre and music. BLF draws on the distinct historical and cultural offerings of Bradford to create and open space to share thoughts and encourage wider conversations.

Our Values

We are proud to be part of Bradford and the city runs through the DNA of the festival. Bradford has long been a hub for literature, diversity and culture. The richness of its communities, drawn from so many different countries, is a key inspiration for the curation of events. Working in partnership with local cultural, community and grassroots organisations allows us to truly reflect the city we operate in.

We are passionate about education; inspiring a love affair with words and boosting literacy is at the heart of all our public and schools events. Our Schools Programme runs year-round and includes free events for students throughout the Bradford district. In 2019 our events engaged and inspired more than 18,000 young people.

We take social inclusion seriously and operate an Ethical Pricing Policy. We offer free or significantly discounted tickets to anyone who is on benefits, lives in social housing, is a refugee or asylum seeker, as well as anyone caring for a disabled audience member.

Festival Hub

Bradford’s award-winning City Park is the hub of the festival, featuring the beautiful Mirror Pool – the largest urban water feature in the UK. Every year City Park transforms with the buzz of literary activity, with live performances, film screenings and fun, free events for all the family.

We can’t wait to welcome you!