A challenge to imagine a vision of Huddersfield in 2050 has been laid down by organisers of Huddersfield’s Literature Festival.
Writers can pitch in their ideas on special postcards, which feature an image of festival patron Sir Patrick Stewart OBE.
Entries can be in the form of a short story outline, a film pitch, a poem or a haiku – as long as they are a maximum of 25 words.
The postcards will then be used to form an installation at a pop-up shop for HLF in the Packhorse Centre leading up to the festival, which runs from March 5 to 15 2015 and is set to feature a host of authors and journalists, including the BBC’s Kate Adie, Joanne Harris, Lemn Sissay and Paul Burston.
The 10 best entries will be displayed on the HLF website.
The creator of the best adult entry will win a place at one of the festival workshops, while the best under-16 entry will win an author visit for their school.
The initiative is the brainchild of the Huddersfield Creative Arts Network (HCAN) in partnership with the Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF).
Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director of HLF and a committee member of HCAN said: “Our festival theme for 2015 is ‘Into the Future’ and we want to inspire as many people as possible to get involved and be creative with words. I look forward to reading all the ideas that people come up with and showcasing the great local talent that we have here during Huddersfield Literature Festival next March.”
Carole Pattison, chair of HCAN, said: “The Future Huddersfield postcard initiative takes the idea of creativity out into the community.
“The beauty of it is that anyone can take part. There will be boxes at the railway station and at Waterstones Kingsgate, where people can ‘post’ their completed cards back for free, or they can put a stamp on them and post them to us.
“They can also use social media to send in their ideas via Twitter and Facebook.”
Schools, writing groups or other organisations that would like a batch of postcards to use as a creative writing exercise should email their details to: email@example.com.