HLF22 – Huddersfield Literature Festival announces an exciting program for 2022!

The winner Huddersfield Literature Festival returns this spring with a mixed program of online and on-site events. The Festival will take place from March 24 to April 3, 2022, with the theme “One World”, emphasizing our shared responsibility for the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants.

Established in 2006, the Festival was launched to offer a diverse program of author talks, workshops, talking points, performative poetry, multi-art performances, wellness projects, events for youth and family events.

The 2022 program contains a multitude of flagship acts, including:

In Conversation with Dr. John Cooper Clarke – The punk poet laureate, Salford bard, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator will be interviewed by Johnny Green, the former road manager of The Clash to discuss stories from his rock career ‘n’ roll and performer, as well as his encyclopedic view of popular culture over the centuries.

Don’t Ask the Dragon – Lemn Sissay & Greg Stobbs – Festival patron and #1 bestselling author Lemn Sissay will present his first children’s book ‘Ask Not the Dragon’ with illustrator Greg Stobbs. Lemn’s first-ever children’s book is a fun and heartwarming story about Alem, a young boy who goes on an adventure in search of a place to celebrate his birthday.

Landscape and Frame with Joanne Harris and Rupert Thomson – Award-winning authors Joanne Harris and Rupert Thomson discuss ideas around place, landscape and belonging in their work – from French village life in Joanne Harris’ Chocolat series and the North of England in A Narrow Door (the last in his St Oswald’s Grammar School series) at various locations in Rupert Thomson’s novels, from Florence, Paris, Mexico City and Amsterdam to his latest Barcelona Dreaming.

The authors and performers participating in the HLF22

The Festival will also feature a range of family activities, in-person and online events, as well as special community projects, workshops and a chance for budding writers to pitch their work to publishers. Other key performers include musician Sarah Jay Hawley, music journalist Pete Paphides, Annapurna Indian Dance actor Adrian Lukis, forensic professor Angela Gallop and crime writers RC Bridgestock and Jonathan Hall.

The online events will feature Young Women’s Trust Ambassador Toni Tone, Paralympian and Dancing on Ice finalist Libby Clegg, best-selling thriller writer Erin Kelly and a discussion about decolonizing your library with the editors of This is the Canon, Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sésay.

The Stafflex Free Family Day will return to North Huddersfield Trust School, with a host of stalls and activities, and the Festival will also host on-site and online activities for families with special needs and disabilities.

The festival will support a temporary contemporary center in the Piazza in Huddersfield, launched with a free family preview on Saturday March 5, which will be opened by Mayor of Yorkshire Tracy Brabin and with a meet and greet with Julia Donaldson’s friendly dragon Zog and a visit to Grandad Wheels, with a “Design a futuristic wheelchair” competition.

Festival director Michelle Hodgson said: “Our 2022 program features a broad representation of voices and events, with activities for the whole family and events with diverse and upcoming artists as well as big names. After a tough few years, we hope audiences find plenty to enjoy and experience, whether online or in person. »

Find the full 2022 program and book your tickets: https://www.huddlitfest.org.uk/

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