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April 17th, 2020

What to Watch During Lockdown

Binge-Watch Worthy TV At BLF we’re lucky enough to have a team full of experts who love more than just books! Our Programme & Production Executive, Greg Walker, is also the Founder and Director of Pilot Light TV Festival in…

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April 9th, 2020

Bradford Literature Festival 2020 – An Update

As many of us are adjusting to a ‘new normal’ – working from home, limiting our movements and uniting as a community to combat Covid-19, it will come as no surprise to many of you to hear that the pandemic…

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April 1st, 2020

Recommended Podcasts to Get You Through

Our podcast-obsessed Marketing Executive, Katie Roberts, reveals her top podcast picks to help take your mind off things over the next few months. If you’re yet to join the 7.1 million people listening to podcasts on a weekly basis, now…

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March 25th, 2020

Suggested Reads For Self-Isolation

Read our suggestions of what to read in isolation as part of the Welcome To Yorkshire ‘Yorkshire Days In’ initiative. Here at Bradford Literature Festival, we strongly believe in the power of books to help us through these strange times,…

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March 24th, 2020

World-Class Theatre From Your Home

Our musical theatre-mad Programme & Production Executive, Holly Spence, shares her pick of the best theatre performances available to view online. At a time when all theatre and live entertainment is cancelled or postponed, Holly has put together a list…

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January 20th, 2020

Why Bradford has high hopes for City of Culture bid

Bradford Literature Festival Director Syima Aslam is amongst Bradford cultural leaders who has spoken to the Yorkshire Post about the city’s bid to become City of Culture in 2025. Click here to read more.

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December 17th, 2019

BLF on list of 15 great reasons to visit Bradford

Bradford was recently named the UK’s most improved place to live and work by accountancy firm PWC and think-tank Demos. To mark the occasion, The Guardian have published a list of 15 reasons to visit the city, and Bradford Literature…

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December 17th, 2019

Explore the list of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

As part of a new literary season, the BBC asked a panel of judges, including Bradford Literature Festival Director Syima Aslam, to put together a list of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World list. These English language novels, written over…

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December 17th, 2019

Syima Aslam makes the Bookseller 150

Syima Aslam, Director of Bradford Literature Festival, is a new entry to this year’s Bookseller 150, an annual list of the most influential people in publishing. First published in 2009, the list is made up of made up of publishers,…

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June 20th, 2019

Statement on withdrawal of speakers from this year’s festival

Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) is committed to using the power of literature to strengthen communities and bring people from all walks of life together. Over the past five years, the festival has grown from a 2-day event, attracting just 968…

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