All our online events are now available to watch on-demand here.

Landscapes, people and stories

Todmorden is a small market town in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. Todmorden Book Festival, which runs over nine days each year, was established in 2018 by a group of volunteers and celebrates the written word, with events that 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 2021.

Support your local book festival

The events in the digital 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!

Todmorden Book Festival would like to hear your thoughts on the Festival.


Which events have you enjoyed over the past three years?

What would you like to see included in future Festival programmes?

Do you think you will feel comfortable attending events in person when restrictions are lifted?

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. We don’t know how the pandemic will affect us over the coming months, but we will keep you informed of any developments about the Festival in 2021.


Todmorden Book Festival 2020’s digital programme was a small triumph. The online events were a departure from our annual programme of live events, which gave us the opportunity to reach new audiences around the world. We hope to bring you an exciting programme of events again in November 2021. 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 first lockdown began, and we would urge all our friends and supporters to continue to support their local libraries by accessing digital library resources and visiting your local library when it reopens. You can buy and order books for home delivery from the Festival’s official bookseller The Book Case


We look forward to seeing you in 2021!


The Todmorden Book Festival Team