HLF is an award-winning Festival of digital and venue-based events held annually in the spring. A not-for-profit social enterprise - your donations fund future events.
Showcasing emerging writers and artists alongside major names, the Festival champions accessibility, diversity and under-represented groups. The programme comprises author talks, workshops, discussion topics, performance poetry, multi-arts performances, wellbeing projects and family friendly events - plus innovative special projects and commissions.
There are many free and low-cost events, including some with live subtitling, and Access Guides to key venues.
Established in 2006, HLF has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards on three occasions (2016, 2017 & 2020), and in 2017 won the Examiner Community Award for Arts.