Festival Team

The Festival is run by a permanent team year round who are joined by around 25 freelance staff at Festival time:

Acting Festival Director – Erica Morris

Erica has worked in the arts and heritage sector for over ten years, spending time working for The National Trust, Harrogate International Festivals and Theatre by the Lake. She also oversaw the opening in 2014 of The Witham, an arts centre in Barnard Castle, following a major redevelopment project.

Studying English Literature and Language at the University of Manchester left her with a lifelong love of the writing of Henry James, whiling away hours in gothic libraries and rainhoods on coats.


Operations Director – Kate Lovery

Kate has worked in events management for over 15 years and is the literature festival’s Operations Director. Starting out in public relations working for lifestyle brands, Kate migrated to events management and has gone on to deliver a diverse range of projects including food & wine, art and fashion festivals.

An Ilkley local, Kate grew up in the Wharfe Valley, before moving to Australia for a number of years following the completion of her Degree. It is little surprise that, having studied English literature at A’ Level and History at university, Bryce Courtney features as one of her favourite authors, alongside Louis de Bernieres and Maya Angelo.

headshotProgramme and Marketing Manager – Alex Corwin

After completing a Masters in Children’s Literature at Newcastle University, Alex worked at Harrogate International Festivals for a number of years, before joining ILF in 2014.

Her favourite book is probably Matilda, but this changes depending on the day of the week. She also knows a lot about 1950’s British pony stories. She likes knitting and is inexplicably a fan of Welsh Rugby despite not being Welsh.

Admin Assistant – Becky Wholley

Whilst completing a master’s degree in Romanticism Literature at Leeds University, Becky supported herself by various admin positions. She loves children’s literature; therefore, it is no surprise that The Secret Garden is one of her favourites.

Upon finishing her degree, she set off on a thirteen-month trip around the world. She visited Central America, South America, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia.  Her favourite place she visited was the Bolivian Salt Flats.

Festival and Box Office Assistant – Karson Browne

Karson moved to Yorkshire from the North West coast of Ireland in the summer of 2016.

He has previously worked for BBC radio in Northern Ireland, where he developed an interest in grassroots engagement via the arts. Recently Karson has applied this interest to literature, having just finished a job as Venue Manager for Bradford Literature Festival, and now through his job here at Ilkley.

He is working towards a degree in English with Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University, and is a regular voice on the spoken word poetry scene in the UK and Ireland.

Festival and Box Offive Assitant – Jessica Redhead

Jessica completed a Masters in Public History at the University of York, where she studied things from museums and memorials, to historical fiction in TV, film and literature. After graduating, she volunteered for various film and television festivals and interned at Leeds Young Film Festival.

Thanks to her studies, she has a keen interest in World War Two literature. Her favourite book is probably Harry Potter, but this changes with every new book she reads. She also loves painting, crocheting, crafting, netball and her dog, Bobby.




Bookkeeper – Jody Kendall

Technical Director – Richard Speight.

Graphic Design – Richard Honey of dg3.

Web Site Development – Johnathan Kendall of vitamin K.

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.