FAMOUS authors have signed up to take part in the fourth annual Huddersfield LIterature Festival.
Among the big names taking part are Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and Mark E Smith, the lead singer of The Fall.
The veteran frontman will read from his autobiography Renegade during the festival, which runs from March 11 to 15. Ian McMillan will present Cartoon History of Here, an animated take on Huddersfield life.
Events are planned at Huddersfield University, the Media Centre and the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
The festival is supported by Mirfield actor Patrick Stewart and Almondbury-based author Joanne Harris, who is patron of the event.
Festival director Michael Stewart hopes it will be more lively than other literary gatherings.
He said: “We all want literary festivals to be stimulating forums for debate and portholes for high-minded ideas to enter our culture but, let’s face it, they can be a bit boring, with puffed-up Oxbridge poets stooped over pulpits reading impenetrable pentameters.
“Well, this festival will be different.”
For more information visit www.litfest.org.uk.