Star Patrick to miss festival
HOLLYWOOD star Patrick Stewart has pulled out of Huddersfield University's first literature festival.
The actor - who is the university's chancellor - cited theatrical commitments for the decision.
He will be rehearsing with the Royal Shakespeare Company for his forthcoming roles as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra and Prospero in The Tempest.
Stewart, 65, had been due to speak at the festival opening on March 16.
Events will take place across Huddersfield at venues including the university, the Media Centre in Northumberland Street and the public art gallery.
University spokesman Phil Williams said: "While it is obviously disappointing that Patrick is unable to attend - and he is clearly disappointed himself - he has assured us of his full support.
"We are keeping him informed of developments. He may be able to attend in future if it becomes the annual event we envisage."