This year’s Bradford Literature Festival is to take place online with 10 days of free events. This will include talks with actor Christopher Eccleston, Hip Hop artist Lowkey and US politician Ilhan Omar.
The festival, normally held over multiple venues in Bradford city centre, attracts hundreds of big names from the world of literature. Last year at the 2019 Bradford Literature Festival, saw the the poetry of Tupac Shakur featured.
The event, Tupac Amaru Shakur: The Rose That Grew From Concrete, was an in-depth analysis of Tupac’s poetry. The panel, chaired by journalist Jacqueline Springer, included poet Anthony Anaxagorou and musician Saul Williams. Unfortunately, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the festival had to be cancelled. However, thanks to the quick thinking of organizers, the Bradford Literature Festival will go ahead online.
The announcement came via a press release on their website which pleased fans of the successful festival. It read; “We’re excited to announce that the 2020 Bradford Literature Festival will take place online, bringing you 10 days of free events, accessible via our newly updated website. Tune in to hear unique conversations between household names such as Christopher Eccleston and Lemn Sissay. Exploring some of the most important issues of our time with guests such as rapper and activist Lowkey and American politician Ilhan Omar, and much more.”
Ilhan Omar and Lowkey will explore American idealism and identity, liberation movements and advocating for the rights of the people. Omar will also discuss why he continues to believe in the potential for change within the US political system.
Furthermore, star of Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, will delve into his working-class roots in the North, through the highs and lows, to becoming two of the UK’s best-loved stars.
The online events will take place between June 26 and July 5.