The second edition of BLF saw the festival hit new heights, both in audience numbers and feedback, attracting over 30,000 people and being named as one of the UK’s ‘most inspirational’ festivals.


Headline names included poet Carol Ann Duffy, Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, writer Harry Leslie Smith and an array of best-selling authors and award-winning journalists alongside leading scientists, politicians and public figures.


Amongst an exceptional programme of over 300 events, the festival celebrated the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte, explored mysticism in the works of William Blake and saw Shakespeare performed in the grounds of Bradford Cathedral. Being a literature festival with a difference, BLF also introduced audiences to the world of comics and manga, revealed their passionate side with an evening of ‘mildly erotic poetry’ and invited families to take part in their signature free family fun days, bringing the magic of superheroes, fairytales, Beatrix Potter and Harry Potter to Bradford’s beautiful City Park.

In the words of one excited guest, “say what you like about Bradford, their Literature Festival Bangs!”