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April 1st, 2021

Introducing Aladdin and the Stolen Stories: A d igital s torytelling experience by Bradford Literature Festival with Wrongsemble Theatre , as part of Bradford Inspired.

Children of all ages can experience the story of Aladdin like never before in this reimagined tale of adventure, magic and friendship, filmed at recognisable locations across the city through a mix of live-action and animation.   Aladdin and the Stolen…

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February 25th, 2021

Bradford Inspired: How New Project Will ‘Uplift and Connect’ People Through Culture

A new project from the Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) will launch next month to help people feel connected at a time of isolation amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Bradford Inspired will include a wealth of free-to-access creative projects using digital technology to…

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February 16th, 2021

From Keighley to Karachi: How project will help undiscovered talent shine

BRADFORD’S creatives are set to break boundaries with “the brave, pioneering and struggling artists and writers” of Pakistan in a new international project. It is part of a collaboration between Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) and Adab Festival in Pakistan and backed…

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February 3rd, 2021

The Rise of Slam Poetry in Britain

Bradford Literature Festival regular Kirsty Taylor and BLF Director Syima Aslam both featured in The i’s look at the rise of slam poetry in Britain. Click here to read more.

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February 3rd, 2021

Syima Aslam Announced for the Dylan Thomas Prize Judging Panel

Bradford Literature Festival Director Syima Aslam has been announced as a member of the judging panel for Swansea University’s prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize, joining Jaipur Literature Festival founder Namita Gokhale, Irish poet Stephen Sexton, best-selling author Joshua Ferris and Welsh…

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February 3rd, 2021

How BLF Has Become A Cultural Beacon in the City

Bradford Literature Festival director Syima Aslam spoke to the Yorkshire Post about how the festival has established itself since arriving on the Bradford cultural scene five years ago. Click here to read more (article behind a paywall).

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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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