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A mini-guide to literature festivals in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 21:16 25 January 2018

Booklovers are well catered for in Yorkshire

Booklovers are well catered for in Yorkshire


Yorkshire has a growing list of world class literarure festivals throughout the year.

Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

27th January - 20th October

Ryedale Book Festival

With a year-long programme of literary events Ryedale Book Festival offers book lovers the chance to engage with literature and other book-themed events in various venues across this beautiful part of North Yorkshire.

In 2018 there is also a Short Story Writing Competion. Free Entry. Deadline 31st March 2018



8th-18th March

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Helen Pankhurst, Joanne Harris and Jeremy Vine will all be appearing at HLF2018.



15th-26 March

York Literature Festival

The festival promotes the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry. It also features music, comedy, cinema and theatre in its programme.



1st June-31st August

The Pillar Portrait at Haworth Parsonage

Not quite a festival, but an important literary event nonetheless. The ‘Pillar Portrait’ only known surviving portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë together was painted by their brother Branwell in 1834. It was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1914, and this will be its first return to the Parsonage since 1984.



15th-17th June


NiddFest is a unique, family-friendly literary festival, offering a weekend of talks, music and outside events for nature lovers of all ages.



29th June-8th July

Bradford Literature Festival

Every year world-renowned authors, poets, musicians and artists are invited to visit the city to share their expertise and passions with the audience.



19th-22nd July

Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

The world class, award-winning Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.



27th September - 30th September

The Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival

The inaugural festival Children’s Literature Festival will involve 50 authors and poets visiting 150 schools across Yorkshire and Lancashire and two days performing at Broughton Hall. 

Follow the organisers on twitter for the latest news twitter.com/AuthorsAbroad_ 


28th September-14th October

Ilkley Literature Festival

The festival continues to attract some of the biggest names in the literary world and is an inspiration to writers and readers alike.




The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

The Harrogate Literature Festival celebrates great writing by bringing best-selling authors, influential politicians, comedians and stars of the stage to share their stories. The highlight of the event is the Literary lUnch which has had prominent key speakers from the literary world.



7th–28th October

Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is curated jointly by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield and is one of the largest and most accessible literary festivals in the UK. Details are yet to be announced, but you can visit the website for the latest news. 




Humber Mouth Festival

The annual Humber Mouth Festival has run for more than 25 years and takes place every autumn. Hull enjoyed a year long celebration of culture in 2017 and this long running event is sure to continue the legacy.



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