The line-up of this year’s Headingley Lit Fest has been unveiled and organisers promise there’s something for everyone.
The annual literary festival began in 2008 and has escalated each year to become a must-attend cultural affair boasting top authors, poets and performers.
This year it reaches its eighth anniversary and will be held from March 5 to April 2 at venues across Headingley and the city centre. LitFest founder Richard Wilcocks said the packed programme aims to appeal to everyone - with events for all age groups and fans of all genres.
He said: “We have tried to please as many different groups as possible. We see it as a community event for Headingley. We have students involved too, it’s not just for the permanent residents. We’re are trying to appeal to everyone. It promises to be a great success.”
This year highlights include performance poet Lemn Sissay. He was one of the official poets of the 2012 Olympics and will appear at Leeds City Academy on March 20, after a grand poetry slam with the academy’s school students.
Richard said: “We’re very pleased that Lemn Sissay is coming to us. He’s also going to give a masterclass to a group of pupils at Lawnswood School earlier that day.”
Another guest is Sunday Times children’s book reviewer Nicolette Jones, who is originally from Headingley. She will host a ‘children’s book question time’ on March 7 at the New Headingley Club.
Best-selling fantasy writer Jasper Fforde will appear at Headingley Library on March 11. There will also be events hosted in residents’ houses and hopeful visitors will need to phone a number for the location.
The festival will also launch Alison Taft’s book My Time Has Come, also at Headingley Library, on March 19.