Bradford Literature Festival is a distinctive, innovative, genre-spanning festival which combines literatures from around the world and across all literary genres to reconnect audiences with classic and contemporary literature. BLF creates an atmospheric blend of voices, combining the work of leading writers, performers and poets with emerging talent and crossing all cultures with the seamless integration of diverse artists, audiences and issues.
As well as the widely celebrated annual themes such as the Brontës, Poetry, World Affairs & Politics, History & Heritage and Mysticism, the 2018 programme will encompass special anniversary events such as Women’s Suffrage, World War I and Empire Windrush. In addition to this the festival will re-examine Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities in light of contemporary events such as the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and the growing inequality between rich and poor and North and South. BLF will continue the ever-popular family fun days in City Park with themes including Super Heroes, Space, Under the Sea and Harry Potter as well as offering an extended free schools programme.