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A mini-guide to literature festivals in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 January 2020 | UPDATED: 17:15 03 January 2020

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

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Throughout 2020

BRONTË 200

The fifth and final year celebrating the 200 anniversary of the birth of the literary sisters ends with the commemmoration of Anne. There's a special party on her birthday on 17th January which wil precede a number of events throughout the year.

www.bronte.org.uk

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March 19-29

HUDDERSFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL 

The award-winning festival takes place over ten days with events in venues all across Huddersfield, and community, accessibility and inclusivity is at the heart of it. Anton du Beke is one of the writers in the line-up alongside multi-arts events, comedy and creative writing, performance poetry and a Free Family Day too. 

huddlitfest.org.uk

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March 19-28

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.

yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk

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April 24-26 

BOOKS BY THE BEACH

This event is part of Scarborough Book Festival and perfect for those who love nothing more than snuggling down with a good book. The programme for 2020 is still to be announced, but expect some incredibly good writers to grace the shores of Scarborough this year. 

booksbythebeach.co.uk

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June 26-July 5

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.

bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk

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July 23-26

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.

harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

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July 31-August 2

YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL OF STORY

This event is such a beautiful festival in Settle, where people can discover ancient myths and folktales, unlock the stories that have shaped our world and challenge the stories of today. Experience the power of story with celebrity guests, award-winning storytellers, captivating performances in unexpected venues. 

settlestories.org.uk

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October 4-20

ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL 

What started as a small festival has become something bigger and some of the most highly regarded names in literature can be expected to grace the stages of Ilkley over these dates. 

ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

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October 22-25

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.

harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

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TBC

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.

humbermouth.com

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