Hebden Bridge is a market town in West Yorkshire in the North of England, with a population of 4,500. Originally known as Heptenbryge, the town is named after a bridge across the River Hebden, and began life as a tiny settlement up on top of a hill.
It is famously picturesque: the town has cobbled streets, steep hillsides, the Rochdale Canal winding through the centre, and plenty of easy walking routes out of the town up on to the moors and the Pennine Way.
Hebden Bridge has played host to all sorts of high profile literary figures - the poet Sylvia Plath is buried in the area, her husband and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was born just two miles away, and the Bronte sisters lived and worked nearby in the village of Haworth.
The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival was set up over two decades ago to celebrate the town's literary history, and has become a staple of the summer calendar, drawing big names like punk poet John Cooper Clarke, comedian Stewart Lee, and poet Carol Ann Duffy to the town every June for a programme of cultural events.