Sponsorship of the Huddersfield Literature Festival
The 11th Huddersfield Literature Festival ran from 4th to 19th March 2017. This local event was a must and an absolute delight for people with an interest in creative writing, the arts, words and literature. Sleigh & Story had the honour of sponsoring the festival this year in which like-minded people gather together to listen to a wide variety of literary gems – creative writing workshops, comedy, performance poetry, speakers, local literary talent, to name but a few. The events took place in a variety of places in and around the Huddersfield area.
The Huddersfield Literature Festival is not just any festival. In 2016 it was a finalist of the White Rose Awards. It has 2 patrons; Patrick Stewart, well-known actor and Chancellor of Huddersfield University; and Lemn Sissay, a successful playwright with an MBE for services to literature. The Festival was hosted by Michelle Hodgson from Key-Words Copywriting and was organised by Michelle and her team of helpers.
As part of our sponsorship arrangement Sleigh & Story was invited to a Literary Afternoon Tea with Susie Dent and Phaedra Patrick. The venue for this particular event was Huddersfield Golf Club in Fixby. It was a perfect setting. Afternoon tea was a beautiful selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. There was something for all tastes and dietary requirements. When everyone had finished our two authors took to the stage.
Most people will recognise Susie Dent as the person on Channel 4’s Countdown who sits in Dictionary Corner finding the best words in the Countdown Conundrum and explaining meanings to unusual words! Promoting her book “Dent’s Modern Tribes” she gave a questions and answers session and spoke of her career as a lexicographer and her time on both Countdown and its spin-off programme, 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown.
Phaedra Patrick, from Oldham was promoting her very first book “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper”. This quirky novel, set in Yorkshire, tells the tale of a widower who learns some revealing facts about his late wife, after finding her charm bracelet shortly after her death. Phaedra spoke about why she wanted to become an author and the initial problems getting previous work to the publishing stage. She gave a chirpy account of her reasons for choosing to set her novel in Yorkshire, (an unusual choice for a Lancashire lass) and made the talk extremely interesting. She too was showcasing her book at the end of the event. Our two authors had photos and a book-signing session to finish.
The afternoon was enjoyed by all who were present and it was a pleasure to be part of it. No doubt many of these people present for afternoon tea had diarised other events in the Festival’s calendar, perhaps Alan Johnson MP in conversation, or the Mslexia short story workshop.