Leeds Lit Fest has again won ‘Best Literary Festival’ in the National Saboteur Awards 2022. The first time the Festival won this prestigious award was in 2020.
From 26th Feb to Sunday 6th March this year, the Festival offered more than fifty events, both in person and online.
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 voters for these awards are members of the public, so are very much valued by the writing community.
Carl Hutton, Chair of Leeds Lit Fest and CEO of the Leeds Library: “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.”
Photographs courtesy of Big Bookend photos. Taken by photographer Michael Goodsall at Leeds Lit Fest 2022.