Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director
Michelle worked in the publishing industry for many years. As a publicist to novelists, writers and personalities as diverse as Iain Banks, Whoopi Goldberg, Paula Yates and Damon Hill, she was responsible for organising launch parties, bookshop events and media interviews. Michelle then spent several years as a journalist on The Guardian before moving to Yorkshire and setting up her business, Key Words Copywriting Ltd.
HLF Steering Committee:
Amanda Huxtable, Theatre Director, Hidden Gems Productions
Cat Lumb, Manchester Museum & Festival Secretary
Julia Lilof, Festival Manager
Kirstie Wilson, Kirklees Library Services
Marie Peacock, Candelighters & Festival Champion Co-ordinator
Melissa Wong, former BBC Researcher & Producer
Michelle Brown, Francis Browne PR & Festival Marketing Director
Sarah Hussain, educator, teacher and author
Simon Crump, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Huddersfield
HLF Volunteers Committee
The festival is also supported by a student team from The University of Huddersfield and non-student volunteers who act as stewards and festival champions.