Before the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020, were were able to run a few pre-Festival events and also postpone three events to the autumn. These activities featured the authors pictured above: clockwise from left: Lemn Sissay, Bernardine Evaristo, Anne Choma, Sairish Hussain, Helen Mort, Amanda Owen, Tom Cutler.
We also launched a special project: The Creative Mind.
HLF2020 Digital Festival
Following the outbreak of Covid-19, most of our live events were replaced with an online digital Festival. With the help of our brilliant authors and performers, we posted lots of entertaining, thought-provoking and supportive content on our website and social media over the 10 days of the Festival – from author readings and Q&As to creative writing advice. Thank you to all who took part.
In Can You Hear Me? paramedic ‘Jake Jones’ shares a fascinating insight into one of the most important and demanding jobs that anyone can do – under normal circumstances. We’d like to say a huge thank you to ‘Jake’ and all the NHS workers dealing with Coronavirus on top of their usual duties.
Husband and wife team Bob and Carol, who write as RC Bridgestock, have a new crime fiction series – and it’s set in Huddersfield. Read all about their policing experience, how they started as novelists and their writing process, and about their work on top TV crime dramas HERE.
She shares her thoughts on how mindfulness can help us in challenging times HERE.
We hope to reschedule this event at a future point, but for now we have commissioned a Q&A with Nell about her novel, The Silent House, which you can read HERE.
Meg Pokrass was due to teach her Fiery Flash Fiction Workshop at our Festival – instead we have a special treat for you: a brand new story, Glamping in the Mist. Click HERE to read it and for a link to Meg’s Flash Fiction writing tips
‘My characters hug, and kiss, and jostle each other in busy streets…writing these scenes feels weird and even archaic; perhaps a little transgressive. This is not what we do.’
David Barnett explains why Things Can Only Get Better… read more HERE.
Looking for feedback on your writing? Paul Burston and VG Lee are offering special Festival rates on critiques of your work, from an 800-word extract to a full ms. Find out more HERE.
Listen to Paul introducing and reading from his latest bestseller, The Closer I Get, HERE and VG Lee reading from her short story collection Oh You Pretty Thing HERE. Aspiring writers can enjoy VG Lee’s Writing Tips HERE.
Louise Beech was due to perform at Polari, run by Paul Burston – an LGBTQ+ literary salon, which we look forward to hosting every year. You can listen to Louise introducing and reading from her latest novel The Lion Tamer Who Lost HERE.
He introduces and reads poems from his latest collection playtime HERE.
Rachel Kelly reads ‘A Message to Myself’ for World Poetry Day (21 March) HERE. She also offers up her Top Tips for Sustaining your Mental Wellness Through the Coronavirus, to replace her planned talk at the Festival. Read them HERE and please share widely.
Paul Mendez introduces and reads from his debut novel Rainbow Milk, (Dialogue Books 23 April). Paul was due to join us for Celebrating Toni Morrison – we hope to reschedule for March 2021. You can listen to the intro and reading HERE and order an early copy from Fox Lane Books.