Headingley LitFest

br />The annual Headingley LitFest runs events throughout the year ('Between the Lines') and holds a major series of events in March each year. The 2016 LitFest begins on 29 February. All of this year's events are in the calendar on this website.

 

 

Headingley LitFest's current programme is online HERE

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The first Headingley LitFest was in 2008. 

Venues include the Heart Centre on Bennett Road, the New Headingley Club on St Michael's Road, friendly cafés like Lento and Mint on North Lane, historic local cinemas, Headingley Library, the Meanwood Institute, people's houses and sometimes the Howard Assembly Room in the city centre.

Headingley has strong connections with many writers:Arthur Ransome(born in Headingley),J R R Tolkien(lived at 5 Holly Bank and also at 2 Darnley Road, West Park when he was reader in English Language at the University of Leeds 1920 - 25),Alan Bennett(lived over a butcher's shop opposite the Three Horseshoes, now Royale Dry Cleaners), Lucy Newlyn has published poetry about her early life in Headingley, George Orwell(used to stay in Estcourt Terrace with his stepsister and her husband Humpy Dakin), T S Eliot(his mother-in-law lived in Weetwood Lane),William Fryer Harvey(brought up in Spring Bank),Trevor Griffiths (lived just off Victoria Road on Winstanley Terrace),Jon Silkin(the first office of STAND magazine was his flat at 144 Otley Road),Sir Geoffrey Hill(lived in Shire Oak Road), Peter Redgrove, andKay Mellor(lives near The Hollies) to name just a small selection. Wilson Barrett, the charismatic manager of the Grand Theatre, Leeds (a prolific playwright as well), lived in Beech Grove in the 1870s. And here's a few writers who lived in Leeds at some point, but we're not absolutely certain that they actually resided in Headingley: Josie Barnard, Helen Fielding, Joanne Harris, Hermione Lee, Anita Mason, Virginia Nicholson, Jeremy Paxman, Caryl Phillips.