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).

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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.

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:

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

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 and browse our collection of print books that you can purchase here



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


Welcome to Rebecca – our new student helper

Welcome to Rebecca – our new student helper


Hi everyone, I’m delighted to be a part of the University press team, working as the new student helper. I’m currently a third year English Literature with Creative Writing student, but as part of the team I’ll be organising social media posts and advertising, and writing blog posts (hopefully better than this one).

I’m quite a creative person, so after my studies, I would like to venture into advertising or creative copyrighting. While at the University Press, I hope to broaden my experience within the professional world of marketing and publishing, and I’m looking forward to seeing what these next couple of months brings.

Alongside work and university, I enjoy writing prose fiction and poetry in my spare time, as well as painting the odd picture and writing reviews and articles for my personal blog. This is slowly turning into the ‘personal profile’ section on my CV, so I’m going end it there.

I’ll be involved with lots of exciting journal and book projects over the next few months, so watch this space!

Fields journal: opportunities for Huddersfield students to get published

Fields journal: opportunities for Huddersfield students to get published

Are you an undergraduate student who is interested in submitting your work to a professional research journal? Fields: journal of Huddersfield student research is a yearly publication, which showcases outstanding research from all seven schools within the university. Submissions can be in the form of a journal article or even a collection of poetry, music scores, photographs or a case study. To take part, get in touch with your dissertation/project tutor, or visit the Fields website to contact a member of the editorial team to see how you could be published in this year’s edition.

Benefits of getting published:

  • Raise the profile of your work and get interest and feedback from other academics and professionals.
  • Gain experience of the publishing process and a professional publication to enhance your CV.
  • Benefit from the support of a professional team through a writing retreat and drop in advice session.
  • Receive a £400 bursary upon submission of your final article.

How to get involved

Once you have contacted a member of our editorial team, or your tutor, they will put you in touch with the publishing team to find out about the submission, review and publishing process.

Publishing in Fields is a fantastic opportunity to take your studies and degree to the next level, the Fields journal is an accredited, well-respected publication, that encourages its authors to aspire to more –check out our blog posts from previous Fields authors to find out what they thought of the opportunity.




New issue of the Journal of Performance and Mindfulness

New issue of the Journal of Performance and Mindfulness

The new issue of our popular journal Performance and Mindfulness has arrived! The new issue focuses on the importance of spirituality within dramatic performance and asks for its readers to re-think individual meditation. It considers how meditation and Buddhist practices are important in the execution of the dramatic arts.

This issue is a fantastic read for those who are keen performers interested in physicality and mindfulness, but it may also spark interest in those who are keen to broaden their horizons within their own perspectives of spirituality. The articles cover all corners of performance art, including;

Performance and Mindfulness includes original work from researchers at the University of Huddersfield, but also from academics across the globe. Read on to discover a wide range of perspectives on what spirituality within performance means to the individual, and how it manifests and expresses itself within other cultures and the independent performer.

Volume 2 Issue 1 of Perfomance and Mindfulness