Bradford Literature Festival BY REBECCA PENSTON

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This weekend marks the start of one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK – the Bradford Literature Festival.

Over ten days, iconic venues around the city will host over 200 events featuring world-renowned authors, poets, musicians and artists.

Bradford’s beautiful award-winning City Park will be a hub of activity with live performances, film screenings and free events for all the family.

The festival explores current affairs and topical subjects, as well as history, literature and poetry. And each year, the festival explores a different theme.

For 2017, one of the themes the festival will celebrate is Comic Con, with workshops, discussions and events for people of all ages on July 1 and 2.

The impressive line-up includes some of the UK’s top award-winning artists, writers and designers including Chris Haughton, Oliver Kruger, JAKe, Hannah Berry, Kelly Angel and many more.

Take a look behind the scenes of graphic novels and Manga publishers with a talk by authors Paul Smith, Ian Culbard and Leah Moore. The speakers will celebrate the 10th anniversary of acclaimed publisher SelfMadeHero and discuss its reworkings, such as the Manga Shakespeare series, and graphic biographies about David Bowie, Josephine Baker and Agatha Christie.

Discover your creative side and make your own comics with a twist – as award-winning artist Gareth Brookes demonstrates how he makes his quirky embroidered graphic novels.

While younger Comic Con fans can take part in activities such as the Wonder Hero Academy Workshop, make their own power bracelets at the Superhero Cuff workshops, or try their hand at making their own Manga cartoons.


The festival runs from June 30-July 9

For details on event dates, times and prices, please see the website at