On Friday 26th June, the first digital edition of Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) will be launched featuring daily events for ten days, until Sunday 5th July. It will include talks and in-conversation events with guests such as actor Christopher Eccleston, writers Ian Rankin, Lemn Sissay, Tahmima Anam and Tim Winter, and American Politician Ilhan Omar, alongside interactive workshops with poet Rose Condo and academic Dr. Omid Safi, amongst others.
The 2020 Digital Programme will see the Royal Society of Literature will bring together writers Tahmima Anam and Ian Rankin in On The Same Page. And Writing in Exile: On the Rivers of Babylon, a discussion in partnership with the British Library, and supported by Jewish Renaissance magazine, will offer a virtual tour of artefacts from the British Museum.
Festival Director, Syima Aslam, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to translate the unique spirit of Bradford Literature Festival onto a digital platform. The change in form and scale has not changed who we are – you will still find voices and topics that are as remarkable and diverse as Bradford itself, and as always, we’re keen to ensure that our events are as easy to access as possible. Our schools programme is always a central part of the festival, and this year we are particularly proud of the online programme of events and the supporting resources that we have created, which we hope will be helpful to both parents and teachers.”