THERE is something for everyone at the sixth Huddersfield Literature Festival next week.

The festival opens with a launch party at Sleepers Bar, Viaduct Street, on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

It will feature crime writing, comedy, poetry, happy endings and dastardly characters getting their just deserts.

On Saturday, Simon Armitage will read some of his latest poetry and there will be a premiere of the new film based on his work.

The event will commence at 8pm in The Phipps Hall of the Creative Arts Building at the University of Huddersfield.

Ann Williams, one of the organisers, said: “It really is quite varied this year with some well-known names.

“There is something for everyone: children, women, men, young people and older ones. We really have a nice mixture.

“The organisers and the artists are all really looking forward to it.”

One of the highlights for children will be writer Anne Fine, creator of Mrs Doubtfire, which was made into the popular feature film starring Robin Williams.

On Thursday, one of the UK’s most hard-hitting writers, David Peace, who is known for his dark crime-thrillers, is running a session. Melvin Burgess, author of JUNK, joins the festival on Sunday.

Details are on the festival website at