Blog

  • Download the 2019 Programme

    We are delighted to bring you the 2019 Ilkley Literature Festival programme. From the Poet Laureate to emerging writers, from stars of stage and screen to leading academics and journalists, you’ll find lots to entertain, engage and inspire you. Headline names include David Suchet, Prue Leith, Alastair Campbell, Gyles Brandreth,…more

  • Young People’s Poetry Competition

    Our Young People’s poetry competition is open for entries and this year, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings we are asking for poems on the theme of Discovery. This can be any kind of discovery, not just scientific – it could be a personal discovery of a…more

  • Introducing the 2019 Apprentice Poets in Residence

    The ILF Apprentice Poet in Residence position is a prestigious one for early career poets and is usually awarded to one poet each year. This year the calibre of this year’s applications was exceptional prompting ILF to take the unprecedented step of offering the Apprentice role as a joint position….more

  • Colette Bryce to be Poet in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that award-winning Northern Irish poet Colette Bryce will be Poet in Residence at the 2019 Festival. Following in the footsteps of previous Poets in Residence including Imtiaz Dharker, Daljit Nagra, Andrew McMillan and Zaffar Kunial, Colette will be putting her own mark on the festival,…more

  • New Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will open ILF 2019 on Friday 4 October

    We know you’ll join us in sending long-time Ilkley Literature Festival friend, supporter and creative collaborator Simon Armitage our warmest congratulations on receiving the UK’s highest literary honour. We are delighted to be able to reveal that the Poet Laureate will be opening the 2019 festival with a reading of…more

  • The 2019 Writing Competitions Are Open

    We are pleased to announce that our hotly anticipated annual poetry and short story writing competitions are now open for entries. 2019 Walter Swan Poetry Prize Now in its fourth year, the Walter Swan Poetry Prize is open to all writers of poetry aged 18 and over. Previous prize winners…more

  • Children’s Poetry Competition

    Our children’s poetry competition is open for entries and this year, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings we are asking for poems on the theme of Discovery. This can be any kind of discovery, not just scientific – it could be a personal discovery of a new…more

  • Primary Schools Matinee with Robin Stevens

    Booking is now open for our annual Primary Schools Matinee event. Primary Schools Matinee with Robin Stevens Tuesday 1 October 2019, 1.30pm, The Kings Hall, Ilkley Robin Stevens is the author of Murder Most Unladylike series. Featuring detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, these hugely popular books are the…more

  • Opportunities for Writers at ILF19

    We are inviting applications from new and emerging writers for a selection of opportunities at this year’s Festival. The popular Festival Fringe returns this year with a new look and format. Taking place over one weekend (5 – 6 October), the Fringe will be a smorgasbord of delights and surprises…more

  • New dates for Moeen Ali and Dan Snow

    We are pleased to announce new dates for two events that had to be postponed during the Festival. Cricketer Moeen Ali will be speaking about his career as one of England’s most popular All-Rounders at 8pm on Monday 3 December at the Grammar School at Leeds. Fresh from the Sir…more