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  • Children’s and Young People’s Writing Competitions

    The 2017 Children’s and Young People’s Writing competitions are now open! Children’s Poetry Competition: Schools and individual children from Yorkshire and Lancashire are welcome to enter this competition. AGE CATEGORIES Reception, Year 1, Year 2 Year 3 and 4 Year 5 and 6 PRIZES FOR EACH AGE GROUP A special…more

  • Introducing Apprentice Poet in Residence Jade Cuttle

    We are delighted to announce that Jade Cuttle has been appointed as the 2017 Apprentice Poet in Residence. Jade is a poetic folk songwriter at University of Cambridge. She has performed on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms (The Art of Splinters) and is broadcast regularly across BBC…more

  • Listen again: Sally Wainwright at The Spring Series

    An Evening with Sally Wainwright and Ann Dinsdale was the highlight of the ILF17 Spring Series and if you missed this sell out event, or simply want to relive it, you can listen to a recording here.

  • Words in the City | Bradford

    29 – 30 July 2017 Join us for a weekend of FREE poetry and family fun when Words in the City returns, as part of Bradford Festival. We have fantastic poetry themed drop in activities, a magical new show from the team behind Revolting Rhymes and a special performance from…more

  • McCarthy and Stone Competition Winners

    The winners of the A View From The Window competition were announced on Wednesday 19 April at An Evening with Sally Wainwright. The competition, which was run by our headline sponsors McCarthy and Stone to celebrate our new partnership, received dozens of entries and the judges were delighted to receive…more

  • Daljit Nagra is the 2017 Poet in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that Daljit Nagra has been appointed as 2017 Poet in Residence! Daljit Nagra is from a Sikh background and was born and grew up in West London then Sheffield. He has published three collections of poetry all with Faber & Faber. His poem Look We…more

  • Don’t Miss the ILF Spring Series Featuring Sally Wainwright

    Ilkley Literature Festival is offering a spring treat of three special events designed to inspire, provoke and engage audiences who just can’t wait until October. The Spring Series starts on Wednesday 19 April with screenwriter Sally Wainwright talking about her work and her love of the Brontës, former Chair of…more

  • Win a Mini Break With Our New Short Story and Poetry Competition!

    To celebrate our new partnership, McCarthy and Stone are launching a writing competition with the chance to win a break at the Devonshire Arms Hotel! McCarthy and Stone are asking Festival goers and local amateur writers, to pen short stories of up to 500 words or 20 lines of poetry…more

  • Bradford Young Writers Perform at Impressions Gallery

    In December 2016 our Bradford Young Writers Group performed work inspired by Impressions Gallery’s recent exhibition Planet Yorkshire. It was great to hear the work they had produced, especially as the group have been working together for less than a year, and for friends and family to get a taste…more

  • The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shade at ILF16

    Simon Armitage reads his new ghost story, Elven Elms as part of The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shades a thrilling, chilling, reflective and sometimes probing series of events and commissions exploring the ideas of ghosts and hauntings through poetry, performance, visual arts, dance and more, run by our partners Alchemy….more