Leeds Lit Fest Lineup Announced | 15-23rd June 2024

in Leeds

As summer approaches, the city of Leeds is gearing up for its most anticipated literary event of the year, Leeds Lit Fest 2024. Scheduled from June 15th to 23rd, this festival is not just a celebration of literature; it’s a dynamic gathering that showcases the breadth and depth of literary talent across the UK and beyond.

Now in its sixth year, Leeds Lit Fest continues to nurture a thriving literary community, offering a platform for poets, authors, and artists to engage with avid readers and new audiences.

A Stellar Line-up to Kickstart the Festivities

The festival will kick off with a mesmerizing performance by LYR at the historic Leeds Library. This group, featuring Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, singer-songwriter Richard Walters, and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Pearson, blends poetry with lush musical arrangements, creating an immersive artistic experience. Their unique style, which has captivated audiences across the UK, promises to set a high tone for the days to follow.

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Celebrating Literary Excellence

John Agard, a titan of British literature, will grace the event with his presence at Leeds Minster. Agard, a recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, will offer festival-goers a blend of classic and contemporary works, showcasing his unparalleled ability to weave words into captivating rhythms and insightful reflections.

In a nod to England’s rich cultural tapestry, Stuart Maconie will present “The Full English” at Leeds Minster. His narrative, a thoughtful exploration of English identity and setting, draws inspiration from J.B. Priestley’s seminal works, providing a modern take on societal observations.

Stuart Macaonie

Voices of Passion and Power

Salena Godden, a powerhouse in the poetry scene, returns to Leeds after a notable hiatus. Her event, organized by LIVEwire, promises an electrifying night of spoken word at the Hyde Park Book Club, highlighting her latest collection that explores themes of love, grief, and fury.

Helen Lederer takes the stage at the Royal Armouries to share her poignant and humor-filled memoir, “Not That I’m Bitter.” Her reflections on the challenges and triumphs of a woman in the comedy scene during the 1980s provide not only entertainment but also a critical commentary on gender dynamics in the arts.

A Discourse on Music and Culture

DJ Paulette will engage in a compelling discussion at the Hyde Park Book Club about her three-decade career in the music industry. Her session, “Welcome To The Club,” discusses the highs and lows of her path, touching upon crucial issues like misogyny, racism, and the importance of female visibility in the music scene.

A Festival Growing in Stature

Under the stewardship of new and seasoned local leaders, Leeds Lit Fest is not merely an event but a movement that propels the city’s cultural and literary scene forward. It’s a beacon for creativity, inviting literary aficionados and the culturally curious to engage deeply with the impactful power of words.

As Leeds continues to cement its place as a literary hub, the Leeds Lit Fest serves as a vital part of its cultural infrastructure, promising enriching experiences for all who partake in its diverse program.

See the full press release here.

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