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Leeds Lit Fest Wins Best Literary Festival! posted 15 May 2022

Leeds Lit Fest Wins Best Literary Festival!


Leeds Lit Fest is delighted to announce that it has won Best Literary Festival in the Saboteur Awards 2022. It’s the second time the Festival has won this prestigious national award. The first time was in 2020.

Leeds Lit Fest took place on Saturday 26th Feb to Sunday 6th March this year with more than fifty events over nine days with a mixture of in-person and online events.

The Saboteur Awards, started by Sabotage Reviews, spotlight a diverse range of literary publications, events and writers on the UK indie literature scene and have been running since 2011. The awards are voted for by the public and are much prized and sought after by the writing community.

Carl Hutton, Chair of Leeds Lit Fest and CEO of the Leeds Library said, “When we first discussed the opportunity for Leeds to have a literature festival 5 years ago, all of the partners agreed we wanted to create something that was unique to the city and a new model for literary festivals.  We think we achieved this through a broad mixture of literary inspired events spanning a number of art forms, and so to win this award for the second time, shows that others have recognized that as well.”  

Fiona Gell, Leeds Lit Fest partner from Leeds Big Bookend said: “The Leeds Lit Fest partners are absolutely delighted to have won the Best Literary Festival category in the Saboteur Awards against such strong competition for the second time. It is really humbling to know that people took time out to vote for us and we thank them sincerely. We’re looking forward to 2023 as Leeds gears up for an extraordinary Year of Culture and we cannot wait to be part of that celebration.”

You can read more about the Saboteur Awards here and the full list of winners.