Our Festival patrons are Lemn Sissay MBE and Sir Patrick Stewart OBE.

Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay is the author of many poetry books as well as a successful playwright. Lemn was the first poet to write for the 2012 Olympics and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He has made a number of programmes for the BBC and is associate artist at The South Bank Centre in London.

“Literature broadens the mind and it’s really important to have people coming to Huddersfield to stimulate new ideas and debate. Also, to help people hone their own skills as poets, as novelists, as scriptwriters, so that they can then become the next generation of writers that are affecting Yorkshire, the country, the UK and the world. The literature festival is a sweet reminder to people of what is theirs – of what they have a right to.”
Lemn Sissay MBE

Patrick Stewart OBE

Patrick Stewart OBE is a film, television and stage actor of world renown. As well as a distinguished career as a stage actor, including many Shakespearean roles, he is known for his portrayals of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of movies and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series and movies of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in Mirfield near Huddersfield, he is a keen supporter of Huddersfield Town football club.

“Words – whether storytelling, poetry, drama, novels or discussion – are a powerful way of exploring issues from love and death to social matters and human rights. The Huddersfield Literature Festival aims to ‘bring words to life’, and whatever your sphere of interest, you are likely to find something here to move, inspire, entertain or provoke thought. Arts and culture enhance our lives as individuals and bring us together as a society. As someone whose profession relies on words and the way they are delivered, I’m proud to champion the festival and its activities. Why not come and see for yourself what’s on offer.”
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

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