BRADFORD Literature Festival is once again taking inspiration from the Brontës.

The summer festival, which will offer more than 400 activities, has programmed several special events in homage to the famous writers.

Organisers again want to celebrate Bradford’s historical connection to the writers, this year focusing on the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth.

The festival will also launch its Bronte Stones project, setting four stones, featuring specially-commissioned texts by leading writers, into the landscape.

The stones will be placed along an atmospheric route between the Brontë birthplace in Thornton, and their family Parsonage at Haworth.

Bradford Literature Festival will feature more than 500 speakers in a host of events between June 29 and July 8. The festival has grown from 968 attendees in 2014, to over 50,000 attendees in 2017.

A spokesman said: “As a ‘young’ festival, BLF is freed from the shackles of ‘traditional’ festival programming - offering a unique opportunity to celebrate the written and spoken word in all forms, and showcase the intimate relationship between words and other art forms such as theatre, music and film.”

Newly published books launching at Bradford Literature Festival 2018 include: Why I am A Hindu by Shashi Tharoor; The Business Plan for Peace by Dr Scilla Elworthy; Don’t Let My Past be Your Future by Harry Leslie Smith.

Visit for further information. Full details of the Brontë events will be released later.