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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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March 8th, 2019

Bradford Literature Festival hosts World Book Day event: Share a Story Live

The event, in partnership with World Book Day and the National Literacy trust will see 650 children come together for an exciting day of interactive events featuring some top children’s authors. For the first time, World Book Day 2019 will…

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February 26th, 2019

BLF attend Lahore Literature Festival as part of University delegation

A high-powered delegation led by the University of Bradford’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor, a group of Senior University academics and staff will be visiting Pakistan to meet with partners, alumni and stakeholders … The delegation also includes notable community leaders from…

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November 14th, 2018

Bradford Literature Festival judged top tourism event in Yorkshire

BRADFORD Literature Festival has triumphed at the White Rose Awards, taking home the Tourism event of the Year trophy. The team behind the festival, which has been running in the city since 2014, picked up the award at a ceremony…

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November 13th, 2018

White Rose Awards 2018: The Winners

Bradford Literature Festival named as the 2018 Tourism Event of the Year. Read full article here.

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November 13th, 2018

Bradford Literature Festival offers students chance to appear at festival

The competition, being run in association with Provident Financial Group, challenges teams of three or four Year 12 students to pitch an idea for an event to be held as part of next year’s Bradford Literature Festival Public Programme. Six winning teams…

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