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  • Thank You for Attending ILF19

    From star of stage and screen David Suchet captivating audiences with his stunning photography to Ben Aitken’s hilarious tales of his adventures in Poland, ILF19 was a whirlwind of fantastic events. Lead by Poet in Residence Colette Bryce and Apprentice Poets in Residence Shash Trevett and Genevieve Carver, our programme…more

  • Young People’s Poetry Competition Results 2019

    The Young People’s Poetry Competition once again received lots of brilliant entries, which came from schools and individuals across the region. As always, picking the winners was difficult, as the standard of entries was extremely high. Congratulations to all the prize winners and well done to everyone that sent in…more

  • Childrens Poetry Competition Results 2019

    With dozens of fantastic entries to chose from judge, Sai Murray was blown away by the quality of writing, making picking the winners a very difficult task indeed! Reception, Yr 1 & Yr 2 Winner: Annabel Easter (All Saints School) Runner up: Sebastian Robst (Bradford Grammar School) Yr 3& Y4…more

  • 2019 Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize Results

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize 1st. Border Patrol by Deborah Ballantyne 2nd. What Are You, Puffin by Rob Miles 3rd. honey suckle by Jo Peters   Judge Colette Bryce’s Feedback It was a pleasure to read the shortlisted entries for the Walter Swann Poetry Prize. Amongst the range of subjects, several…more

  • 2019 Short Story Competition Results

    In total we received over 200 entries for this year’s short story competition. Many entries drew on important social issues such as dementia care or mental health, while others were packed with twists, turns and suprising final reveals. The competition has been judged by Lucy Caldwell, herself recently shortlisted for…more

  • 2019 Poetry and Short Story Competition Short Lists

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize Shortlist 2019 Now in its fourth year, the Walter Swan Poetry Prize is open to all writers of poetry aged 18 and over. This year, for the first time, we have introduced a new prize category for young writers aged 18-25, which runs along the main…more

  • 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