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Book Launch: In the Foothills of the Himalayas

Join Huddersfield author Dr Sarah Hussain for the launch of her new novel, an eco-thriller set against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas. Sarah will be interviewed by the writer Michael Stewart.

Born in the Raj era under British rule, Vidhya grows up observing her father fight for a free India. She witnesses catastrophic flooding as a result of deforestation by order of a powerful English company, and begins to understand the importance of preserving the forest. When Vidhya uncovers a conspiracy that puts her in great jeopardy, she courageously leads a group of women on a non-violent protest and they embrace the trees. But at what cost? 

Dr Sarah Hussain is a Huddersfield author and educator. Her novella Escape from Syria was a finalist in the People’s Book Prize Award. In 2018 she won the Ms Shakespeare competition in Yorkshire and was commissioned to write a monologue, which was performed at the Huddersfield Literature Festival on International Women’s Day. She was shortlisted in a competition run by the University of Huddersfield and her short story “You will be free one day, my dearest India” is included in the anthology Trouble, published by Grist. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 2008, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2018, and has recently completed a PhD. 

Michael Stewart is a multi-award-winning writer of novels, including King Crow and Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff, short stories and non-fiction including the memoir Walking the Invisible. A playwright and poet, who has also written for TV and radio, he is Head of English at the University of Huddersfield, where he is editor-in-chief of Grist Books.

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request. 

 

Date: Saturday 20 April 

Time: 2pm-3pm 

Venue: Heritage Quay, Schwann Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH 

Tickets: Free (donations welcomed, booking recommended) 

Age guidance: 12+ (U16s should be accompanied by an adult) 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/heritage-quay  

 

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Workshop – Ted Hughes 

Mayday on Holderness is the decisive poem in Ted Hughes’s oeuvre, important for several reasons: it is his first ecopoem, his first free verse poem and his first poetic wrestle with his early reputation as a “poet of violence”.   

 

However, the true significance of the poem is in the way it lays out, in an almost manifesto-like way, the major theme of his subsequent work: his view of the Universe as an infinite flux of creation and devouring, an Empedoclean interplay of Love (Philotes) and Strife (Neikos), in which humans must find their place and meaning. 

 

Join Steve Ely, poet and Director of the Ted Hughes Network at the University of Huddersfield, for a talk, close reading and discussion of this seminal poem. 

 

Steve Ely  is an award-winning poet and writer based in Yorkshire. He has written 10 books or poetry pamphlets, including The European Eel, Lectio Violant and Englaland. Two further books, Orasaigh (a collaboration with photographer Michael Faint) and Eely are out in 2024. Steve teaches creative writing at the University of Huddersfield, where he is Director of the Ted Hughes Network, a research centre with a particular brief to engage non-academic communities with Hughes’s work. He is the author of Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire: Made in Mexborough, a biographical work that explores the importance of Hughes’s early Yorkshire years, and several journal papers and book chapters about Hughes’s work. He recently won a major AHRC grant to complete a book entitled Ted Hughes’s Expressionism: Visionary Subjectivity and he organised a symposium of that name at the British Library in 2023, where he gave the keynote address. Steve recently led the Discovering Ted Hughes’s Yorkshire project, creating six literary trail maps that allow walkers to explore Hughes’s formative Yorkshire landscapes. 

 

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request. 

 

Date: Thursday 18 April 

Time: 7pm-9pm 

Venue: Room OA5/11, Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH 

Tickets: £12 (£5 conc), free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers. Age Guidance: 16+ 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/oastler-building 

 
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Words, Vision & Sound

An immersive, multi-layered experience of literature formed of three specially commissioned texts. Speculative stories will be projected onto screens for audiences to read whilst they’re enveloped by original sound and narration. 

It features the work of projectionist Zaron, writers Laura Bui, Selma Dabbagh and James Giddings, and musicians Commodo, DSL Official, Utah?, Rider Shafique and Georgia Williams. It is curated by Somerset Maugham Award-winning writer Akeem Balogun. 

 Words, Vision & Sound was originally commissioned by the University of Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words with support by Arts Council England. HuddLitFest is the first literature festival to share this event. 

Note: This event will be followed by our Pitch to Publishers event, which you can book here: https://www.huddlitfest.org.uk/event/pitch-to-publishers/ 

Image created by Thomas Fowler. 

Date: Wednesday 24 April 

Time: 6.30pm-7pm 

Venue: Heritage Quay, Schwann Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH 

Tickets: Free (booking recommended) 

Age guidance: 16+  

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/heritage-quay  

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