A Donation to the Festival
£3.00 – £20.00
Following the cancellation of this year’s Festival, we have been asked by some ticket holders whether they can donate the cost of their refunded tickets or about general donations to the Festival.
While this is completely voluntary, we would appreciate any help you can give in these challenging times and we will use this money towards running some online events during the Festival period, which will help some of the authors whose events have been cancelled.
(Meanwhile, please bear with us while we process refunds.)
Please select a donation amount from the button below.
£20, £10, £15, £3, £5
Amanda Owen: The Yorkshire Shepherdess (Marsden)
Venue: Marsden Mechanics
We are very sorry to announce that, having reviewed the current Covid risks and restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event again, to our March 2021 Festival (date tbc).While tickets will remain valid for a future date, if you would prefer a refund, please send your name and details of the ticket(s) you hold to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: this event is currently SOLD OUT.
From teenage Goth in Huddersfield to rural sheep farmer…
Star of the C5 series, Our Yorkshire Farm, Amanda Owen grew up in Huddersfield but was inspired by the James Herriot books to find work as a shepherdess, cow milker and alpaca shearer. Today, she runs a 2,000-acre sheep farm at Ravenseat in the Yorkshire Dales, along with her husband Clive and nine children.
A Sunday Times bestselling author, Amanda has entertained readers with her trademark Yorkshire grit and humour in The Yorkshire Shepherdess and A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess. Her latest book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, is an uplifting and inspiring update on life on the farm, from facing the brutal winter of 2018 to renovating an old farmhouse as a new family home.
Voted ‘Yorkshirewoman of the Year’ by The Dalesman magazine, Amanda has also appeared on ITV’s Countrywise and The Dales, and in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild.
Amanda will be interviewed by BBC Radio York presenter Jeremy Buxton at this fun and entertaining event for Mother’s Day.
No age restrictions (Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult).
For accessibility information, please contact the venue on: 01484 844587.
How to become a Friend of HLF
Becoming a Friend of Huddersfield Literature Festival is a great way to help support the Festival as we grow and develop.
To show how much we appreciate our Friends, we have put together a package of benefits.
Friends of the Festival enjoy:
- Friend of the Festival membership badge and certificate
- An emailed link to download the brochure before it goes public
- A copy of the brochure posted first class (on request)
- Invitation to meet the author or performer at an event of your choosing
Your subscription will run for a year from purchase and is priced at £35.
Creative Voices free workshops
A course of 12 free workshops for anyone who has experienced mental health/wellbeing challenges during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The course comprises:
- 10 x weekly one-hour online creative writing workshops (Oct-Dec) delivered by a number of workshop tutors
- 1 x online music workshop delivered by musician Rachel Ireland to transform work into a piece to be performed by a local choir (January 2021)
- 1 x Spoken Word Performance workshop delivered by Michelle Scally Clarke (late Feb or early March, in person, Covid restrictions permitting)
Plus the additional option of either performing or seeing your work performed as a spoken word piece or sung by the Holmfirth Soul Choir (or another local choir) at a special Festival event at the end of March (date tbc).
There are four workshop groups to choose from – simply select your preference from the drop-down menu when you book:
Group 1: Tuesdays 11am-12 noon (start date: Tuesday 6 October for 10 weeks)
Group 2: Tuesdays 1pm-2pm (start date: Tuesday 6 October for 10 weeks)
Group 3: Thursdays 1pm-2pm (start date: Thursday 8 October for 10 weeks)
Group 4: Thursdays 7pm-8pm (start date: Thursday 8 October for 10 weeks)
Please ensure that you are able to attend at least 8 of the 10 autumn workshops before booking.
Concession tickets can be purchased by those over 60 or under 16 (please note U16s should be accompanied by an adult); students in full-time education, anyone registered disabled, those receiving job seekers allowance, and Kirklees Passport holders.
Students and tutors at the University of Huddersfield can access free tickets to certain events, please get in touch for a list of these.