Welcome to the Bradford Literature Festival, celebrating the written and spoken word and showcasing the intimate relationship between words and art forms such as film, theatre and music, set against the city’s distinctive backdrop. With over 200 events featuring world renowned speakers, artists and authors, Bradford is the place to be from the 20th to the 29th of May.

Festival Themes

The festival prides itself on exploring current affairs and topical subjects, as well as history, literature and poetry. Each year the festival focuses on particular themes, see below for this year’s highlighted themes and their events.

Festival Information

Bradford History & Heritage

Bradford is known not only for its artistic excellence and blessed with a significant cultural, architectural and literary heritage, but the Yorkshire city also boasts an impressive history.

Travel & Accomodation

We want you to make sure your visit to the festival is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Read our helpful hints on the best accommodation and how to travel to the city.

Festival Team

The Bradford Literature Festival team is led by self-confessed book worm Syima Aslam and filmophile Irna Qureshi.

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26 May
@TheFilmySharma sadly the director is unable to here but the film screening will go ahead.
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25 May
RT @DebbieNWood: @Speak_Volumes @BradfordLitFest @Helenwil And you were fab. Keep it up!
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25 May
RT @SamGButterworth: Scarred from GCSE's I refrained from poetry until @BradfordLitFest taught me otherwise. 'As democracy crowd-surfed acr…

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