The weekend of the 5th – 7th October 2018 sees the return of the Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF) – for its fourth year at Brunel University London – a free weekend of literary events that in 2018 refocuses its attention on new writing (including debut novelists and publishers) and the very many voices that deserve and demand attention from the literary community.

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Hillingdon Literary Festival
Friday 5 to Sunday 8 October


A free weekend of lively literary events – refocused to champion new writing – in the Antonin Artaud Arts Centre at Brunel University London

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Friday 5th October


An evening with Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage is an award-winning poet who also writes extensively for theatre, television and radio. During the evening, he will read from a range of his work and answer questions from the audience.



Saturday 6th October

Poetry Party Pieces

with Rachel Long and Wayne Holloway-Smith

Featuring exciting new poets and a celebration of brilliant new writing



Back from another successful stint in Edinburgh, locally grown talent –  Tom Hartwell – offers a window on to turning 30…. when every innocent flirtation becomes a prospect for a shared mortgage.



Sunday 7th October

Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia  spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan, after fleeing Eritrea, and later arrived in London as an underage unaccompanied refugee without a word of English. His first novel, The Consequences of Love was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.



Helen Cullen, Emma Flint  and Rhiannon L Cosslett  are three of the most exciting debut novelists working across genres today. Join them for a conversation about their work and their path to success. 



Brunel’s Professor of Contemporary Thought, Will Self, will be joining us for a foray in to his neo-modernist trilogy.




We’ll draw a close to this year’s festival by announcing the £250 winner of our Outer Limits : Hidden Lives creative writing competition and hearing experts from this dazzling free anthology of local writing.