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Landscapes, people and stories

Todmorden Book Festival celebrates the written word, with book-related events that stimulate, inspire and challenge audiences.  The programme focuses on the work of new and established writers from across the region and the UK, as well as the work of international authors, with fiction, non-fiction and poetry events for adults and children, reflecting the rich industrial and cultural heritage of the region and exploring individual and collective stories.

Andrew McMillan - Photo by Adrian Pope

A message from our Patron

You will no doubt have heard different ways of describing this time: worrying, unsettling, unprecedented… sometimes things happen in this world which we, as yet, don’t have a language for. It will be for the poets and the novelists and the painters and the dancers to find us that language as we move forward (and we will move forward) in the months and years ahead. All I do know is I’ve been reading more recently, I’ve been yearning to be in rooms with people talking about books and ideas again, and, in lieu of that specific language for this precise moment, I’ve been going back to old poems, old stories, old songs, to show me a way through. Stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you in November.

Support your local book festival

The events in this year’s programme are free, but the Festival would appreciate your support if you are able to make a donation.


Please book your tickets online by registering for events on our What’s On page. You can make a donation when you book or donate now using the link below. Festival tickets usually cost between £5 and £10, but any donation you can make to support the future of the Festival would be welcome.


Thank you for your support!

Drawing by Finn Tweed, age 10
Drawing by Finn Tweed, age 10

COVID-19 Statement

Todmorden Book Festival would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the Festival. This is an uncertain and troubling time for us all. We don’t know how the pandemic will affect us over the coming weeks and months, but we are closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will keep you informed of any developments about this year’s Festival.


Last year’s Festival was a resounding success, with fiction, non-fiction and poetry events for adults, young adults, and children, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the region and exploring individual and collective stories. We hope to bring you an exciting programme of events again in November. In the meantime, please keep checking our website and social media for any updates.


We are delighted to report that online library membership has increased by 600% across parts of the UK since the coronavirus lockdown began, and we would urge all our friends and supporters to continue to support their local libraries by accessing digital library resources. You can order books for home delivery from the Festival bookseller’s sister bookshop The Book Corner atwww.bookcornerhalifax.com.


In challenging times, we often see the best of humanity and, as a festival deeply rooted in our local community, it is heartening to hear stories of how people in the community are helping one another.


Stay safe everyone and please stay in touch.


The Todmorden Book Festival Team