THE Bradford Literature Fesitval is one of those quiet Yorkshire success stories that deserves to be shouted about.
When it was launched in 2014 the two-day programme contained 25 events, which attracted just short of 1,000 visitors. This summer, the 10-day programme, which boasts 400 events, is expected to attract upwards of 60,000 people.
No surprise then that the event’s founders, Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam, have also landed a major artistic coup by announcing that Kate Bush has been commissioned to create a new permanent work of art in honour of the Brontës.
The Wuthering Heights singer, along with poets Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and author Jeanette Winterson, have written tributes to the sisters which will be engraved on stones sited at spots linked to the literary family.
As a fitting next chapter in the life of those boundary-pushing Yorkshire sisters, we can’t think of a better one.