Festival News

October 18th, 2018

FutureBook programme launches featuring ‘all the talents’

Bradford Literature Festival director Syima Aslam is to appear at FutureBook Live Conference along with Eliza Easton, principal policy researcher at Nesta; Sam Coniff Allende, author of Be More Pirate; Ian Forrester, senior R&D firestarter at BBC North lab; Wil Harris, co-founder…

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September 28th, 2018

Syima Aslam wins Professional of the Year

Syima Aslam has won the award for Professional of the Year at the Yorkshire Asian Business Awards. Click here to read more.

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September 18th, 2018

Shortlist for Yorkshire Asian Business Association Awards announced

The shortlists for categories in the Yorkshire Asian Business Association Awards feature a host of Bradford names, including Bradford Literature Festival founder Syima Aslam and Asian Life’s Hussein Kajee. To read more click here.

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September 12th, 2018

Syima Aslam wins Hospital Club Award

Syima Aslam, the founder of the Bradford Literature Festival, was last night announced as the winner of the Hospital Club h 100 Award in the Writing and Publishing category. Click to read more.

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August 28th, 2018

Bradford Literature Festival visitor attendance up 40%

radford Literature Festival (BFL) increased visitor attendance by more than 40% this year with record audiences of over 70,000. The festival’s BAME audience also grew with 51% of 2018’s visitors coming from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, up from 49%…

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August 23rd, 2018

Record breaking year for Bradford Literature Festival as more than 70,000 attend

This year’s Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) attracted record audiences of more than 70,000 – a 40 per cent increase on last year and a huge rise from a humble audience of 968 when it began as a two-day event four…

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August 10th, 2018

Director of Bradford Literature Festival nominated for top award

For the second year in a row, she has been nominated in the Publishing and Writing category of the h 100 Awards, an annual celebration of the talent working across the UK’s creative industries and organised by The Hospital Club,…

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July 30th, 2018

5 things inspiring Bradford Literature Festival’s Syima Aslam right now

Syima Aslam co-founded the Bradford Literary Festival with Irna Qureshi,  combining their passion for books and film to create a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. It had 10,000 visitors in its launch year (2015), 32,000 in…

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July 30th, 2018

The Telegraph: On the trail of Emily Brontë

Kate Bush should buy Emily Brontë a drink. Wuthering Heights was the inspiration for (and the name of) the singer’s iconic debut single in 1978. Still, it’s hard to buy a pinot grigio for a 19th-century genius, so Bush has…

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June 30th, 2018

Bradford Literature Festival basks in sunshine during opening weekend

Events took place throughout the city, including free drama shows next to the Mirror Pool. Improptu, fun performances took place in the city centre for the hundreds of children cooling off while enjoying the sun in the Mirror Pool. To read…

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