Huddersfield Literature Festival has announced that lisa luxx will join Sir Patrick Stewart OBE and Lemn Sissay OBE as a Patron of the Festival with immediate effect.

A queer poet, playwright, essayist and political activist of British and Syrian heritage, lisa luxx was raised in Huddersfield and has strong connections with the local area. She lived in Bradley and attended Huddersfield New College.

Her debut poetry collection Fetch Your Mother’s Heart came out in 2021, and her debut short story collection Sun Son will be released by Comma Press this year.

Her work has been published in a variety of anthologies and literary journals, and broadcast on radio and TV.

Much in demand for her live performances, she is the winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Performance Poetry. She wrote the script for three theatre shows: Eating the Copple Apple, what the dog said to the harvest and The Moon is Listening from Dawn til Dusk.

Between writing, she guest lectures on revolutionary poetics and queer theory, and works as a lyricist with LA-based Maison Arts. She splits her time between Beirut and London.

Festival director Michelle Hodgson said: “We are thrilled that lisa luxx has agreed to become a Festival Patron. Her heartfelt and mesmerising performances at the Festival have drawn high praise and her strong connection with the town also makes her a great ambassador.”

Winner of the Accessible and Inclusive Award at the Yorkshire Post Tourism Awards (2022), the Festival will run from April 11-28 2024, with a special performance by lisa luxx on Friday April 26 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, comprising poetry performance and readings from her new short story collection Sun Son, supported by oud player Kareem Samara.

Many events are now available to view and book on the Festival website and further information can be found at:

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