Our Top 2019 Northern Literature Festivals

Our Top 2019 Northern Literature Festivals

Every year, across the country we celebrate our love of literature at literature festivals big and small. So what better way to enjoy the English summer than by relaxing in the sun with an old favourite, or plunging into a world of reading and literature at an event near you.

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Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival

Harrogate – 18 – 21 July

Every year, this award-winning Yorkshire-based festival never fails to amaze with its bounty of fascinating and memorable events – from author talks, workshops, gigs and interactive experiences. If being immersed into the thrilling and bloody world of contemporary crime fiction sounds right up your street, look no further than the Old Peculiar.

Visit their website to book and to find out more…


Ilkley Literature Festivalilkley

4 – 20 October

The programme and tickets for the festival are due to be released in August, so keep an eye out on their website for further information. If last years’ events are anything to go by though, expect talks from amazing contemporary authors, exciting workshops and days packed with amazing activities for kids and adults alike.

Join their mailing list to keep up-to-date with event releases and information about this years’ festival.


manchesterManchester Literature Festival

Ongoing and 4 – 20 October

Manchester Literature Festival is famous for welcoming a host of well-known names and faces, from Graham Norton to Michael Morpurgo, and this year is set to be no different, along with engaging events set to entertain kids, adults and everyone in- between. Check out their website for further details and to download the programme, as well as to see what events are happening right now!


Durham Book Festivaldurham

5 – 13 October

Durham Book Festival aims to inspire, with events held in some of the city’s most iconic venues. Each year the festival welcomes back literary legends and also an assortment of new, exciting faces in contemporary literature.

Visit their website to get a taste of what the festival has to offer, and watch out for the release of this years’ programme.


Or perhaps something a little bit different…



Lancashire – 2 May – 24 June

From their work with food banks, to their innovative ticket scheme – which helps you donate tickets to those who can’t afford to purchase one themselves, WoWFest is all about shaking things up. This one-of-a-kind Northern arts festival sets out to answer the question ‘Where are we now?’ and reflect upon today’s society through literature and art. There are events happening now, right up to the end of June, so don’t miss out on this amazing experience!


Call for Papers – Journal of Performance Magic – Volume Six

Call for Papers – Journal of Performance Magic – Volume Six

The Journal of Performance Magic is now open for submissions – read the call for papers below to find out information on how to submit and the peer-review process.

The Journal of Performance Magic is an annual, peer-reviewed online publication from The University of Huddersfield Press. (ISSN 2051-6037)

The Journal focuses on a multidisciplinary and contemporary approach to the field of Performance Magic, covering its influence, legacy, and future on wider performing arts practice and other diverse academic disciplines. In recent years, the academic study of performance magic has made exciting and creative links within emerging disciplines such as; cognitive sciences, architectural design, and emerging technologies. The journal seeks to strengthen these relationships as well as encourage consideration into areas of performance magic that have not yet been explored within academic research, and to develop new perspectives on previously researched areas.

The Journal of Performance Magic serves a wide and international academic and non-traditional academic community and invites contributions from researchers and practitioners throughout the world and from a wide range of disciplines. Research will be welcomed from areas including, but not limited to; performance training, psychology, scripting, scenography, cultural studies, philosophy, neuroscience invention/application, magic technology, ethics, narrative/story-telling, and theme parks.

Volume Six sees the journal’s re-launch on a new platform: https://www.journalofperformancemagic.org.uk/ and we are therefore announcing an open call for papers for this brand new issue, that attempt to uncover some of the crucial themes and key issues facing contemporary performance magic.

Articles between 5000 – 9000 might address, but are no means limited to, the following areas:

  • Frameworks: What are the most suitable academic tools and frameworks for interrogating performance magic?
  • Directions: Where is the study of performance magic heading?
  • Challenges: How is magic responding to the challenges?
  • Innovations: What is changing within our perception of performance magic? What is new? What is driving change?
  • Technologies used within, and responses to, performance magic – both as creative motivators and problems.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed subject to their acceptance.

The deadline for submission is 31 August 2019 with a planned publication date of 31 October 2019

We also accept book, performance and exhibition reviews.

If you have any queries, please email the editors at jpmeditors@hud.ac.uk

The Fields journal – the student experience

The Fields journal – the student experience

The Fields journal recently published its fifth volume of Huddersfield undergraduate student research in March. One student included in the issue, Theresa Lingg, wrote to us to tell us about her experience of writing and being published in an academic journal. Read what she had to say below:

When I was approached and asked whether I wanted to convert my final year dissertation into a published article for the Fields journal, I felt excited and honoured but I was also aware that I had never done anything similar before. While my university course ‘Costume with Textiles’ included lessons on undertaking research, analysing literature and academic writing, it has more of a practical focus.

The academic support available at the university introduced me to the various processes that go into publishing a journal article; including possible structural approaches and writing techniques. Due to the support of the Fields team and the fantastic help I received from them, I managed to reshape my dissertation to the now-published article, ‘Perfume’.

The inspiration for the article was my final year costume project, ‘Perfume’, which the design and creation process for it, were elaborated on in my dissertation. Inspired by the novel, ‘Perfume – Story of a Murderer’ by Patrick Süskind, I created a garment that would disintegrate on stage by breathing.

Within the novel, a person’s existence is irrevocably linked with the sensual phenomenon of scent. Every person carries their identity in their inherent aroma – and this odour becomes the motive for murder in Süskind’s novel. I was motivated by this fascinating connection – that breath is clearly essential in order to survive but at the same time, the unavoidable olfactory reception, leads to the loss of life. Therefore, I decided to develop a costume that evoked the loss of identity through breathing.

The construction of such a garment required a long research process, including talking to many experts and gathering document research – but especially required a lot of trial and error. All of this research was documented in detail in my dissertation, as well as the project’s textile and construction journey. Working on this article encouraged me to re-examine the research and writing that was incorporated into my dissertation, to create a more concise version that was more accessible to a wider audience.

At the outset, it felt almost painful cutting, rewriting and editing so much of my original text. But in reality, it was a valuable process of clarifying and condensing my work. The whole process encouraged me to consider my final year project from a new perspective and re-examine what the project had really been about. As a result, writing the article for Fields enabled me understand my own project on a deeper level, which was an unexpected and beautiful experience.

You can access the latest edition of the Fields journal here


Trouble, the new Grist short fiction collection – launches today!

Trouble, the new Grist short fiction collection – launches today!

If you seek writing that inspires, motivates and moves you, look no further – the new Grist collection of short prose, Trouble launches today. This year, the anthology is inspired by the theme of ‘protest’, featuring an incredible collection of amazing up-and-coming authors and some of the most innovative voices in contemporary prose. If you’re a lover of fiction, and after the success of the 2017 collection of poetry and prose, I You He She It: experiments in viewpoint, this is definitely one to check out.

Grist editor, Simon Crump talks us through the new edition, and the real inspiration behind this year’s theme.

‘At 1.25pm on 2nd November 2016 I was arrested with fellow tree protester Calvin Payne on Marden Road, Sheffield for trying to prevent the felling of a hundred year old street tree which was perfectly healthy and still very much in its prime. We were taken away in a police van and locked in the cells at Shepcote Lane Detention Suite for over eight hours. We were questioned, photographed, fingerprinted and DNA swabs were taken. We were charged with breaking an obscure anti-Trade Union law and released. Two days later, a court date arrived in the post. We attended court to plead not guilty and the charges were subsequently dropped as not being in the Public Interest. Since then I have been arrested again (and again the charges were dropped for the same reason), I am currently the subject of a High Court injunction and I have a suspended prison sentence. All for peacefully protesting against the needless felling of thousands of perfectly healthy Sheffield street trees.

My experience on the ground in Sheffield is being echoed across the country. Local and national government is being sold off to private companies, and when that happens the public’s right to have a say is often lost in the world of PFI commercial contracts. Sometimes protest is the only option left available to us.

Protest is the distillation of a simple human experience: to see a wrong being done and, on a very basic level, to try to do something about it. In my role as the editor of Grist it seems appropriate that our new anthology should reflect what has become a significant part of my life. With the rise of the anti-fracking movement, of Extinction Rebellion, of Youth Strike 4 Climate, and an increasing disillusionment with the existing political system, protest appears to be our last best hope as we tumble headlong into the anthropocene.

The stories featured here in the 2019 Grist anthology Trouble celebrate protest, rebellion, disobedience and general bloody-mindedness in all of its forms. The pen is no longer mightier than the sword sadly, but when the shouting stops, that’s when the writing begins to do its job.

The best writing about protest should inspire, educate, motivate, compel and of course, entertain. And that’s what this collection is all about. There are historical protest stories here – The Flag, Happy Harpies – stories set in the future – Money Bank, Last of Them – stories of personal protest against sexual and racial discrimination – Meet Me, The Walk of Blood – and the closing story, The Calling, which embodies the simple truth that sometimes all you can do in protest is to make a lot of noise.’


You can download Trouble for free on our website, or order a beautiful print copy for your bookshelf.

Call for Papers – Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies – April 2019

Call for Papers – Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies – April 2019

Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies, is a peer-reviewed online publication from the University of Huddersfield Press. (ISSN 2058-6205)

Identity papers was founded by the University of Huddersfield’s Academy for British and Irish studies, and sets out to connect with readers and academics across all disciplines – both within and external to the university sector. The journal primarily focusses on the construction and preservation of British and Irish identities that are associated and connect with both today, and in the past.

The journal is multidisciplinary in its nature, publishing varied work and research across many divisions of identity studies, proudly showcasing the very best of contemporary perspectives, as well as reflective and fresh takes on the past. Identity Papers is formatted as almost part academic journal, part intelligent magazine, and even part contributor blog, seeing itself as a melting pot of fascinating work from academics and non-academic alike. The journal’s scope is broad, showcasing insights, theories and reviews of any aspect of experienced and researched factors of British and Irish identity.

The new issue will seek to provide a fresh interdisciplinary outlook on personal and shared identity, both in the present world, and within history.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed subject to their acceptance, you can find out more about Identity Papers, and how to submit work, here.

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2019 – what’s on

Huddersfield Literature Festival 2019 – what’s on

The Huddersfield Literature is back! Join us for ten days of literary fun, with events for all ages hosted in and around Huddersfield. Visit the festival website to book tickets for over forty events, and read on below to find out what some of our highlights are for this year.

9781862181588Grist launch – ‘Trouble’

28th march, 5:45 – 6:45 pm at Small Seeds, Huddersfield


Join us for the launch of the 2019 Grist collection, with a theme of ‘Protest’. Entirely supported by the University of Huddersfield, Grist publishes anthologies of the best new writing from around the world in English, commissioning established writers and poets to appear alongside emerging voices chosen through competition.

Book your tickets here


larkinlandcovHuddersfield Literature Festival 2019 launch – Larkinland

20th March, 6pm at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield


Join us for the launch of the 2019 Festival, including:

6pm Larkin and Hughes: Poets and Rivals

Yorkshire poets Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes had very different personalities and ideas about poetry, leading to a long-standing and often hilarious rivalry. Launching tonight and running to 21 July, this special exhibition has been curated by English Literature & Creative Writing students at the University of Huddersfield, in partnership with the Philip Larkin Society and Hull History Centre.

6.30pm HLF2019 intro & Larkinland with Jonathan Tulloch

Find out about our forthcoming Festival events and enjoy a captivating performance by Jonathan Tulloch, inspired by his acclaimed novel, Larkinland, set in the world of Philip Larkin’s poems. “Full of wit, smart observation and, yes, Philip Larkin.” The TLS.

Book your tickets here


Huddersfield-in-50-Buildings-by-Christopher-Marsden-Andrew-Caveney--510x729Huddersfield in 50 Buildings with Christopher Marsden

27th March, 6pm at Huddersfield Library

£1.50 – £3.00

Huddersfield in 50 Buildings introduces and celebrates our town’s magnificent built heritage.

In this fascinating talk and slide show, author Christopher Marsden discusses the joys and challenges of exploring the history of the town through its existing buildings.

How can we understand local industries, politics and faiths? How is civic, educational and commercial development expressed?

You may think you know Huddersfield – through Andrew Caveney’s photographs and his own research, Christopher will shine a new light on the town, its surprises and delights.

Book your tickets here


Poetry-Slam-2018-winner-510x680Poetry Slam

30th March, 8pm – 10pm, Small Seeds, Huddersfield

£3.00 – £5.00

If you know what a slam is, then you know what’s in store. If you don’t, then expect to be entertained, moved, lifted and transported by competitive poetry, as 10 amazing poets bring you everything in their arsenal to be crowned the HLF2019 Slam Champ. Hosted by spoken word artist Rose Condo.

The winner will be awarded £50 cash, plus a performance slot at our HLF2020 Poetry Slam, plus a mini-tour with slots for at least three other performance poetry events (details to be announced at the Slam).

Book your tickets here


Or perhaps you just want to sit back and relax:


Kwas-winePoetry and Wine

23rd March, 6pm at Kwas, Huddersfield


An exclusive event for 20 guests (advance booking recommended).

Bring along your favourite poem on the Festival theme of ‘Memory’, a selection of which will be performed live, and enjoy a glass of wine at Huddersfield’s intimate new wine bar, Kwas.

Ticket price includes one glass of wine.

Book your tickets here


Sam-Owen-crop-510x640Anxiety Free with Sam Owen

23rd March, 3pm, The Media Centre, Huddersfield

£3.00 – £5.00

An inspirational talk by relationship, wellbeing and life coach Sam Owen, author of Anxiety Free: How to Trust Yourself and Feel Calm. Using her tried and tested three-pillar system – identify the cause, identify the solutions, take thoughtful action – Sam presents a step-by-step guide to finding the calm and positivity that you deserve.

Book your tickets here


Alan-Johnson-hi-res-510x596Alan Johnson: In My Life

26th March, 6:30pm, Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, University of Huddersfield

£5.00 – £7.00

Politician turned award-winning author Alan Johnson talks about his lifelong passion for music. His latest entertaining memoir explores the musical soundtrack to his life, from listening to Bing Crosby on the radio as a small child living in condemned housing in London in the 1950s, to singers such as Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen – not to forget his beloved Beatles.

The event will include a live performance of Beatles songs by musician Tom George: https://tomgeorgearts.wordpress.com/

Book your tickets here


We hope you enjoy this year’s HILF!



The new issue of the Fields journal of Huddersfield student research is here!

The new issue of the Fields journal of Huddersfield student research is here!

Fields: journal of Huddersfield student research is a peer reviewed journal developed as part of the University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning strategy to support and showcase the best of our student work in terms of research across all the seven Schools that make up the University of Huddersfield.

The Fields journal has just published its first issue in the fifth volume of student research, which features some incredible articles from our very own University of Huddersfield undergraduate students. The new edition includes work from a variety of schools across the university, and provides an exciting blend of eye-opening theories and essays to fascinate and intrigue.

Read on to find out what Editors Professor Tim Thornton and Professor Helen Lomax have to say about the brilliant new edition.

‘The arrival of the fifth edition of Fields feels like something of a milestone. Once again, the journal brings us a wide range of student work, from social sciences to computer science to costume. But it appears against the background of the recent achievement of 14,700 downloads from across the world for Fields in 2018, which is an increase of 60% on the 9000 downloads we had in 2017, validating the original vision that there was an audience for high-quality student work well beyond the university’s campus. As Professor Helen Lomax, the latest in our sequence of eminent editors observes, this reflects the strength of research and teaching at Huddersfield, and I am sure it will help inspire further work by students in the future.’

  • Professor Tim Thornton


‘I am very pleased to be editing the fifth edition of Fields, the University of Huddersfield’s student research journal. Fields is a peer-reviewed journal showcasing some of the best research from our undergraduate students across the spectrum of academic disciplines at the University.

This latest issue continues the commitment to disseminating excellent undergraduate research. Each of the eight articles featured presents a novel argument, review of extant literature or original empirical research undertaken by our undergraduates during their final year of study.

I hope you enjoy reading the papers as much as much as the editorial team and I have enjoyed selecting and reviewing them. It has been my pleasure to present such an interesting range of papers, which reflect the high quality of research and teaching at the University of Huddersfield. I would like to extend my thanks the authors for the high quality of their submissions as well as the editorial team and supervisors for their commitment to selecting, reviewing and supporting the student submissions.’

  • Professor Helen Lomax


Download  Volume 5 of Fields, completely open access