Author feedback on your writing
£20.00 – £400.00
Creative writing feedback, from £20.
Early Bird offer for full manuscript £400 instead of £500 to 9 April!
So you’ve started a novel, written a short story or tried your hand at flash fiction but there’s one burning question in your mind – is it any good?
Now’s your chance to find out! Two of this year’s Festival authors, Paul Burston and VG Lee have offered to provide professional feedback on your work in progress.
You can choose from:
- Editorial feedback on an extract of your work (up to 800 words), critique will be approx 300-350 words: £20
- Editorial feedback on a short story or longer extract from a novel (up to 3,000 words), critique will be approx 700-800 words: £50
- Editorial feedback on a full manuscript (up to 120,000 words), critique will be approx 1,800 – 2,000 words: £500
Your feedback will be allocated to one or other of the two authors (all fees will go directly to the authors).
Select an option from the booking button below – and happy writing!
Paul Burston is the author of six novels and the editor of two short story collections. His latest novel is the psychological thriller The Closer I Get (Orenda Books, 2019). A former editor at Time Out and founding editor of Attitude magazine, his journalism has appeared in many newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He is the curator and host of award-winning literary salon Polari at London’s Southbank Centre, and the founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new LGBTQ+ writing and The Polari Book Prize for established authors. He has devised and delivered masterclasses for the Guardian and run creative writing workshops across the UK. Born in York and raised in South Wales, he now divides his time between London and Hastings.
VG Lee is a comedian and author of five novels and two collections of short stories. In 2012, Lee was nominated for a Stonewall Award for writing and in 2014 she won the Ultimate Planet Award for Best Established Author. Her most recent novel, Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire was runner up for the YLVA Publishing Literary Prize for Fiction 2017. Her second short story collection, Oh You Pretty Thing was published by Tollington Press in February 2019. Lee is also one of the judges for the prestigious Polari Prize.
3,000 word feedback £50, 800 word feedback £20, Full manuscript feedback (up to 120K words) £500
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A Donation to the Festival
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.
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.
Wrap Party: Dave Haslam + Guests
PLEASE NOTE: due to the closure of the Magic Rock Taproom, this event has been moved to October (exact date tbc)
Date: Sunday 29 March 2020 at 3pm
Location: The Taproom, Magic Rock Brewing, Willow Lane HD1 5EB
Join us at the Taproom, Magic Rock, for our Wrap Party, with Dave Haslam, Pete Wylie, Paul Hanley, Graham Duff, and LIINES.
DJ and writer Dave Haslam presents an afternoon and evening of music, talk, books and DJing.
He’ll be discussing his own work as a DJ and as the author of numerous books, including his latest Searching for Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982, plus:
3pm: Talking to ex-Fall drummer Paul Hanley about his new book Have A Bleedin Guess: The Story of Hex Enduction Hour.
4.30pm: Discussing Joy Division, the thrill of live music, writing comedy and Courtney Love with Graham Duff – the actor, writer and author of Foreground Music: A Life in Fifteen Gigs.
5.30pm: Pete Wylie of the Mighty Wah will share stories and a short, exclusive acoustic set of live songs.
6.30pm: Dave Haslam will be on the decks, with special guest DJs, the much-talked-about Manchester post-punk trio LIINES.
Free, no booking required.
Age guidance 16+
Amanda Owen: The Yorkshire Shepherdess (Marsden)
Sunday 27 September, 3pm
Venue: Marsden Mechanics
If you hold a ticket for the original date (22 March), please keep hold of it and bring it in print or digital format (we will also have audience lists on the door).
If would like a refund, please send your name and details of the ticket(s) you hold to: email@example.com
The cut-off point for refunds for the original date is 31 August 2020.
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.
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.