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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

Academic Book Week Giveaway

Academic Book Week Giveaway

Welcome to Academic Book Week! To celebrate some of the amazing academic books we have on offer we will be giving away a copy of each book to three lucky winners; Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond’s, Noise in and as Music, David Taylor’s, Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies and Richard Steinitz’, Explosions in November. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning, is comment below which would be your favourite to win and why. We will pick one winner for each title at the end of Academic Book Week.


Noise in and as Music

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond

‘One hundred years after Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” this book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book’s focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material—as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data.’

fed0363d-bac6-46ac-b71d-1595427acb8eBeerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies: policing by consent in Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district in the mid-nineteenth century

David Taylor

‘Professor David Taylor has established a fine reputation for his books and articles on the history of policing in England. This new book on Huddersfield policing looks at the mid-nineteenth century and issues facing the local area in relation to policing a centre of West Riding textile production.’

explosionsExplosions in November: the first 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Richard Steinitz

‘Explosions in November tells the story of one of Europe’s leading cultural institutions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf), through the eyes of its founder and former artistic director, Professor Richard Steinitz.
From its modest beginnings in 1978, when winter fog nearly sabotaged the inaugural programme, to today’s internationally renowned event, hcmf has been a pioneering champion of the best in contemporary music.’

Take a look at all our open access academic books



The Journal of Play in Adulthood – new open access multidisciplinary journal launches this week


We are delighted to announce that the Journal of Play in Adulthood is now live and accepting submissions. The first issue of this new open access journal will deliver fascinating discussions on play and playfulness, and the expectations of the behavior of individuals outside of childhood. Below, we hear from the journal’s Editor, Andrew Walsh, and his dedication to highlighting the benefits of play after childhood, and the importance of learning more from our playfulness as people.

‘I’m delighted to be founding editor of the Journal of Play in Adulthood, together with an editorial board of international play experts. Although there are other play journals out there, they tend to be dominated by play in childhood, or on electronic games across various age groups. We’re expecting that this journal will be a much needed place for research into all aspects of play and playfulness in adults, rather than children. The play community is traditionally open and keen to share knowledge with one another, so it’s especially important to us to be able to use this platform to provide an open access journal that is free to read, and free to publish in.

My own research tends to be based on playful learning in adults, and I’m fascinated at the moment about how we give adults “permission to play”, as well as writing about using play as an approach to teaching and learning.

The focus of this journal is on play in adulthood to explicitly distinguish it from children’s play, and to highlight that the motivations, contexts, and forms of play are, in many cases, different. It aims to increase understanding of the need for, and benefits of, play and playfulness after childhood, and to create a robust evidence base for the value of play throughout the life course for learning, working, and living well. It also seeks to explore the barriers to the use of play with adults, and potential solutions to increasing the role of play in lifelong education, the workplace, and wider society. In summary, it covers playful living, playful working, and playful learning. The journal is keen to receive manuscripts based on original research from a wide range of disciplines, as well as extended essays, thought pieces, articles from practice, and reviews.’

Submit to the Journal of Play in Adulthood


How is open access publishing changing the way we think about research?

How is open access publishing changing the way we think about research?

As part of our blog series for Open Access Week 2018, we caught up with Franc Chamberlain, Editor of Performance and Mindfulness, to chat about how advances in open access publishing are impacting the way we think about research.

The impact of open access outside academia

By making research from a wide range of disciplines available to me, Open Access enables me to broaden and deepen my knowledge not only only in my own field but across other disciplines. But does it do that in a way that is substantially different from the old subscription model? I don’t think that it does because one of the privileges of working within an academic institution has always been access to the latest research via institutional subscriptions to relevant journals. The shift from paper copies of journals to electronic versions improved access, but only within the academic community. Open Access makes this material available to everyone and, as such, is less about making research material available to me and more about improving access for those outside of the academy. I was reminded of this latter point the other day when my partner, a freelance dramatherapist, was writing a report on some work that she’d been doing with a client and wanted to access an article that examined a particular issue that had arisen. The article wasn’t available through Open Access and it was going to cost her $35 just to be able to read it online. The result was that she submitted her report without being able to examine the research findings presented in the paper and without being able to discuss whether her own work supported, contradicted, or extended them. In this case, and in many others, the inability to access research publications lessens the quality of the debate within the public sphere. 

Has open access had an effect on my attitude towards my research?

Do I behave differently as a result of OA? When I first started publishing in academic journals I took comfort in the fact that some of the things I wrote would only be viewed by a small number of people. I can imagine that if I was just starting out now that I might be paralysed by the thought that anyone with access to the internet could read my paper rather than a small constituency of like-minded researchers but, on the other hand, if download and citation figures are anything to go by, most papers in my field only have a small readership even now.

Time for a change in mindset?

As I think about it I wonder if I really ought to change something in my attitude towards open access. Most of the things I write are in a reasonably clear and accessible language and, I think, are open to a non-specialist readership but I still publish too much of my text output in books which are not open access. Why is that? I think that I’m holding onto an idea that books and book chapters are more accessible to the general public than journal articles but OA has changed that. I don’t mean that I should give up on books (in whatever format), but that I should pay more attention to whether what I publish should be Open Access. As soon as I ask my self that question, though, I realise how little social media has appeared in my thinking as I have been writing this short piece. The only moment that I remember thinking of it was when I was thinking about the accessibility of my work and I thought about the various social media groups where I share ideas.