In 2019, the fifth edition of the Bradford Literature Festival saw the festival grow in size once again, attracting another large and diverse audience to the city.


The 2019 programme hosted an enviable variety of headline names, from literary heavyweights like Jeanette Winterson and Lemn Sissay, to musicians and artists George the Poet, Lady Leshurr, and 80s icon sensation, Luke Goss. There was an audience with football legend John Barnes and the return of household names such as author and presenter Michael Rosen and Bradford’s own A. A. Dhand.


BLF had an incredible line-up in 2019 from panel events, in conversations and practical workshops for all ages on everything from crime writing to ‘How to Become a YouTuber’, a comics convention and extensive film programme. There was also an incredible array of concerts and theatre performances that ranged from venues like Theatre in the Mill to the newly refurbished St George’s Hall.

New for 2019 was the launch of B-LIT, an extended and re-branded Young Adult programme for teens aged 13 – 18. The featured events were designed to harness creative energy and included events such as a Poetry Slam, workshops and talks on mental health and financial management. The programme also included Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, the renowned author/illustrator duo behind the best-selling Edge Chronicles series.