Board & Staff Team

Ilkley Literature Festival is produced by Word Up North Limited, a charity registered in England and Wales, reg no 501801. Word Up North is also registered as a company in England and Wales under registration number 1061343.

Board Members

Chair – Professor Frank Finlay
Vice Chair – Ellen Thorpe
Trustee with Responsibility for Finance – John Dignum
Company Secretary – Cathy Baxandall
Georgie Frieder
Prof. Greg Radick
Kitty Wright


Word Up North is run by a small core team year-round who are joined by around 25 freelance staff each October to deliver the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Director – Erica Morris
Partnerships & Operations Director – Kate Lovery
Programme Manager: Live Literature & New Writing – Becky Wholley
Programme Manager: Young People & Communities – Michelle Temperley
Communications & Digital Officer – Suzanne Connelly
Finance Officer – Jody Kendall

Key Suppliers and Freelance Support

Press and PR – Clair and Ann Chadwick at Cause UK
Technical Director – Richard Speight
Deputy Technical Director – David Wallbank
Technicians – Robbie Kay, Andy Price and George Peters
Graphic Design – Richard Honey of dg3
Ilkley Literature Festival Website Development – Johnathan Kendall of vitamin K
Festival Book Sales – Book sales are handled by our local booksellers, The Grove Bookshop, an independent book shop run by Kevin Ramage, who also owns the award winning Watermill in Aberfeldy.