Bradford Literature Festival launched Words in the Winter in December 2019 with a petite programme of 5 events across 2 days. The focus was on whole-family engagement, with free events including early-years storytelling, festive family craft workshops and poetry for both teens and adults.

Headline poetry names included Birdspeed, Nikita Gill, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Joelle Taylor and 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize winner, Roger Robinson.