Free event to reveal next Festival authors and performers, announcement of competition winners and a new website!

Huddersfield 6 November 2017: Huddersfield Literature Festival is to announce the details of the 2018 Festival with a magical Harry Potter themed Preview at Huddersfield Library from 6pm-7:30pm on Wednesday 22 November. The winner of the Ted Hughes Iron Man drawing competition for under 11s will also be announced on the night.

Attendees will experience a magical theme for the evening, designed to complement the Library’s current exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. There will be various activities, plus complimentary hot drinks, themed soft drink ‘potions’, and beer and wine provided courtesy of Festival partners Magic Rock Brewing. The Preview is free to attend but booking is recommended through the Festival website.

The award-winning Festival will run from 8-18 March 2018 next year with a theme of ‘Time’, and there’s a brand new website to allow for easier ticket booking (www.huddlitfest.org.uk).

Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director, said: “If you want to know about next year’s Festival, this is the best way to be at the front of the queue. We’re very excited about our programme; we think the Festival gets better every year and next year will be no exception.

“If you can’t get to the Preview you can always sign up to our newsletter to find out what’s in store. Our fantastic new site makes it easy to sign up, just visit HuddLitFest.org.uk, say hello to our mascot Scout the Snail, and complete the form online. We’re very proud of what the Festival team has achieved so far and the website is an important part of our development.”

For more information about the Festival, to find out about volunteering, or to keep up to date as new events are announced, please visit the new site address of HuddLitFest.org.uk or email info@huddlitfest.org.uk and sign up to be added to the mailing list.

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About Huddersfield Literature Festival

The Festival began in 2006, and takes place annually in March, offering a diverse programme of events at venues across the town. Recent authors include Irvine Welsh, Jenni Murray, Ian Rankin, Joanne Harris, Alan Johnson MP, Lemn Sissay and Levison Wood; there are also children’s events, library events, dance, creative writing workshops, an LGBT event, a Poetry Slam, Open Mic and its popular Literary Afternoon Tea.

Events are held in accessible venues with Access Guides on the Festival website, many are free or low cost, and several have live subtitling by Stagetext to make them accessible to audiences who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

The 2016 and 2017 Festivals were both finalists in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards, and the Festival won a 2017 Huddersfield Examiner Community Award (Arts).

Press contact: Michelle Brown marketing@huddlitfest.org.uk Tel: 07779 993 976 or 01484 943 093

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