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Join the literati as the north’s brilliant book-fest kicks off in March

Literature lovers and fans of fiction will love the annual Huddersfield Literature Festival, running 6 –16 March. A packed roster of storytelling, interviews and presentations will give avid readers the chance to engage with some of the world’s most exciting authors.

Among the high-profile wordsmiths appearing this year are Whitbread Award-winning novelist Jim Crace, who will be in conversation with former literary editor of The Independent Suzi Feay; author of Chocolat Joanne M Harris and news presenter Kate Adie, who will be speaking about her work as a war reporter.

The festival also presents Polari Up North, direct from London’s Southbank Centre. This edition of the celebrated literary salon, hosted by author and journalist Paul Burston, includes guest authors, poets and performers – it’s sure to be both fun and thought-provoking. 

We’re getting involved too. During the festival First TransPennine Express will be
hosting storytelling for children at The Hub above Huddersfield station. Come and join us. 

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From the author’s mouth

Huddersfield will also host the Pageturners Children’s Book Festival from 8–15 March. Award-winning children’s author Martyn Bedford spoke to us about his writing and the festival.


How did you get started as a writer?


I wrote stories as a child – screenplays for adventures, which were then acted out by a cast of toys. In my teens and 20s I wrote the first chapters for several novels.
When I was 33, I took an MA in creative
writing. That’s where I started work on my first published novel, Acts of Revision.

Tell us about your new book, Never Ending?

It’s the story of a 15-year-old girl who is sent away to a strange psychiatric clinic after a holiday romance ends in tragedy. It sounds really dark but there’s some funny bits in there too. Honestly.


What’s the difference between writing for adults and young people?

I don’t really draw much of a distinction. I just try to tell the story in the best way that I can.


What are you looking forward to about Pageturners?

I’m pleased to be invited to make a contribution. I’ll be running a couple of writing workshops for teenagers – which are always great fun.


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