Leeds Lit Fest 2020 takes place 4-8 March with more than 100 events taking place at over 30 venues throughout the city over the hills. The second outing of the festival features our very own Dave Haslam, talking about his latest Art Decades book, this one on Courtney Love in Liverpool, at Hyde Park Book Club on 8 March. Also on the bill same date, same place, just earlier in the day, is this special “roadshow” (think Radio 1, but way cooler and with books) courtesy the Northern Fiction Alliance, and featuring leading independent publishers from across the region.
Founded in 2016, the Northern Fiction Alliance is a radical publishing collective devised to showcase the creativity, diversity and spirit of publishers in the North of England. The Alliance encompasses independents including Manchester’s Comma Press, Leeds’s Peepal Tree Press, Liverpool’s Dead Ink Books, Sheffield’s And Other Stories, Salford’s Saraband, Hebden Bridge’s Bluemoose Books, Newcastle’s Mayfly, Pontefract’s Route and Scarborough’s Valley Press, who, together, aim to reshape and redefine the UK’s literary landscape, commissioning bold new works with support from Arts Council England. This is your chance to chat to them and pick up some great reads. Find out more about other literary places in Leeds to check out while you’re there.