Patrick Stewart to headline Huddersfield Lit Festival

Patrick Stewart to headline Huddersfield Lit Festival

Sir Patrick Stewart is to headline the Huddersfield Literature Festival this year, which is taking place from the 8th to the 18th March.

Actor Stewart, as one of Yorkshire's "most famous sons", will be in conversation with journalist Nick Ahad on the 16th March. As well as a distinguished career as a stage actor, including many Shakespearean roles, he is known for his portrayals of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series of movies and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series and movies of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

Born in Mirfield, Stewart is a keen supporter of Huddersfield Town football club and Patron of the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

The festival said: "We are thrilled to present this exclusive event in which he will be interviewed about his illustrious career and answer questions from the audience."

Other events include a special Mother's Day event featuring writers Lucy Mangan and Annabel Pitcher and BookTrust's Emily Drabble, discussing how books shape lives, open up new worlds and help children to understand this one, and a session with presenter Jeremy Vine discussing his new memoir, What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – and Why We Should Take Notice (W&N).

The festival will also host a Poetry Slam and a number of film screenings.

The full programme can be viewed here.