Help the Northern Short Story Festival to continue.

Would you like to be associated with our exciting festival? Do you feel as passionately as we do about the short story form? We believe that reading and writing creatively can be for everyone whatever their age or ability.

The Northern Short Story Festival, now in its 5th year, is the North’s only short story festival and a truly wonderful enterprise, and we’d like your support.

Organised by a dedicated band of volunteers, the Northern Short Story Festival is part of the Leeds Big Bookend. We operate on a small budget but we’ve got big ambitions. You can help us by donating.


If you would like to donate to the Leeds Big Bookend we have Gift Aid status with HMRC. This means we can claim the tax back if you are a UK tax payer and gives us more money to use in future.

Here’s how you can make a donation:

Send us a cheque made payable to “The Big Bookend Ltd” at c/o Virtuoso Legal, 5 Sheepscar Court, Northside Business Park, Leeds, LS7 2BB.

Make a donation to the Big Bookend Ltd at Barclays Bank, Albion Street, Leeds. Contact Liz Ward by email at or phone Liz on 0113 237 9900 for more information


Gift Aid

The Big Bookend Ltd is a company limited by guarantee with charitable objectives.  Any donations you make to us are eligible for HMRC’s Gift Aid Scheme, our Gift Aid number is XT34291. More information can be found here:

Our team are all volunteers. The Leeds Big Bookend is a not for profit organisation and everything is put back into the work we do.