Diversity and Representation at HLF
The Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) fully and unequivocally supports the Black Lives Matter movement. We also support calls by the newly created Black Writers’ Guild to address deep-seated inequalities in the publishing and wider book world, as reported in The Guardian in June 2021.
Diversity, inclusivity, accessibility and representation are the bedrock of the Festival’s organisation and activities. At the same time we continually monitor our approach and strive to make improvements.
Our People & Partners – We strive to work with people and partnership organisations who are also committed to these principles and will not shy from difficult conversations that change often brings. HLF will continue to be guided by the diverse voices on our Steering Committee.
Diversity and Representation Plan – We are currently working to a three-year Diversity and Representation Plan, which we created in 2018 to run from 2019 to 2022. Although the Plan was our own initiative and not required to secure funding, we recognise its alignment with the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity.
The Plan sets out where we are now and where we would like to be in terms of representation for Age-groups, BAME, Disability, Gender, LGBTQ+ and Social Class across the Festival’s Audiences, Performers, Volunteers, Venues and Management. It sets out SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based) goals, examples of which include (but are not limited to):
- Closer monitoring of the our volunteers and committee members and initiatives to ensure representation across the board
- A comprehensive volunteer training programme
- New partnerships with organisations such as MACFest, Radio Sangam/Communities Together and Sharing Our Stories/One World, to deliver specific projects and events
The Plan is updated annually and will be replaced by a new long-term plan from 2023.