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 years ago.

The 10-day festival, which ran between June 29 and July 8, has earned the title of ‘Most Diverse Festival in the UK’, as it has continued to attract audiences from different ethnic, cultural and religious communities. This year, 51 per cent of visitors came from black or minority ethnic backgrounds. The festival is structured around a unique ethical pricing policy, which provides free tickets to anybody in receipt of benefits, living in social housing, those living on a state pension, refugees and asylum seekers as well as discounted tickets for students, senior citizens, and the disabled. To read more click here.