• 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

  • Finuala Dowling and Gillian Clarke

    Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker tells us why she’s looking forward to hearing Gillian Clarke and Finuala Dowling read on Wednesday 10 October. I’m looking forward to the event with Gillian Clarke and Finuala Dowling on 10 October. One thing they have in common is that both came to writing…more

  • Invertebrate Exposé

    Apprentice Poet in Residence Ian Walker tells why he is runnning a workshop about insects. “I am dying by inches, from not having anybody to talk to about insects” Darwin wrote this in 1828 and almost two hundred years later – call me dramatic – not a day goes by…more

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    Festival Highlights from Imtiaz Dharker

    Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker tells us what she’s looking forward to at #ILF18 My letterbox has just delivered a package from Rachel Feldberg in Ilkley and inside is gold: a batch of entries for the Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize. Reading them, I’m struck by the quality of the…more

  • ‘And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper’ – A Reading Group for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

    Carl McKeating from the University of Leeds tells us more about what to expect from this year’s Guided Reading Group. In May 1816, the then Mary Godwin Wollstonecraft (later Mary Shelley) eloped to the Alps with her lover, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and her half-sister, Claire Clairmont. Motivated by Claire Clairmont’s…more

  • Family Cake Decorating Competition

    To celebrate the start of Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 we are combining our two favourite things – Books and Cakes! Inspired by Nadiya Hussain’s new book Bake Me A Celebration Story we are inviting children and families (no professional bakers please!) to decorate a cake inspired by a favourite children’s…more

  • The Story So Far: Creative Writing with New to English and EAL pupils

    This spring we were fortunate enough to secure funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to run a schools project with pupils who are new to English, or have English as an additional language. Through our close work with schools across Leeds and Bradford, we became aware of the growing challenges…more

  • Ilkley Literature Festival 2018

    We are delighted to bring you the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival programme with speakers ranging from England cricket star Moeen Ali to Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. As ever we are welcoming exciting names in literary fiction including Kate Mosse, Fiona Mozley and Nikesh Shukla, while poets reading their work…more

  • Book Now for the Schools Matinee with Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll announced for Schools Matinee: Friday 5 Oct  Emma Carroll, award-winning author of Letters From The Lighthouse and The Girl Who Walked on Air, will be the star of our schools matinee at this years’ Festival, talking about her new book Secrets of a Sun King. Ideal for pupils…more

  • Enter the 2018 Children’s Writing Competitions

    The 2018 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