Alongside major names, HLF offers a diverse range of innovative and creative events, including workshops and performance opportunities for emerging talent and the wider public.

Annual events include:

  • In Conversations with bestselling authors
  • Talks and panel discussions
  • Free Family Day and other children’s events
  • Creative writing workshops
  • Open Mic Night, Poetry Slam, PechaKucha, performance poetry
  • Literary Afternoon Tea
  • Comedy performances and multi-arts events
  • Library events

Previous performers have included:

Kate Adie                     Simon Armitage                    Kate Atkinson
Kit De Waal                  Jeremy Dyson                        Joanne Harris
Alan Johnson               Murray Lachlan Young        Helen Lederer
Jenni Murray               Ben Miller                               Andrew Motion
Henry Normal             Jodi Picoult                             Ian Rankin
Michèle Roberts         Lemn Sissay                            Jah Wobble
Irvine Welsh                Levison Wood





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