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  • Fire in the North Sky by Adverse Camber reviewed by Rosalind Fairclough

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. It is a cause of some chagrin that the tots of vodka which were presented to…more

  • The Quality of Silence: Rosamund Lupton reviewed by Lynn Curruthers

    We had a blast at Ilkley Playhouse last night for our annual book club trip to Ilkley Literature Festival. This year we went to see author Rosamund Lupton talk to local author and poet James Nash about her latest novel The Quality of Silence. As fans of the three novels…more

  • Cathy Cassidy: Looking Glass Girl reviewed by Kath Pengilley

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events.   Cathy Cassidy author and former Jackie magazine agony aunt, attracted a sizable audience to the…more

  • Marsh Road Mysteries Writing Workshop with Elen Caldicott by Chris and Ruby Longden

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events.   Ma’s Review This Ma and daughter team were tasked with reviewing Elen Caldecott’s Marsh Road…more

  • Thank You!

    After a couple of days post-Festival rest, the office has reopened and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who made the 2015 Festival such a huge success. First, enormous thanks are due to our staff, both permanent and temporary, who work so hard throughout the Festival to ensure everything…more

  • Read the Ilkley Illuminator

    Breaking News: Make a Newspaper in a Day gives Young People the chance to be a journalist for the day and produce a special edition Festival newspaper. Download the Ilkley Illuminator here.

  • Walking Away: Simon Armitage reviewed by Rosamund Fairclough

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. The intro is a slide show of photographs showing the poet on his journey around the…more

  • Brian Blessed review by Patrick McGuckin

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Brian Blessed described himself as ‘discombobulated’ has he took to the stage at the King’s Hall….more

  • Elaine Feinstein on Syliva Plath reviewed by Ellie Wriglesworth

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Elaine Feinstein is an indomitable figure; a prolific writer who has excelled in prose, poetry, translation…more

  • The War in the West: James Holland reviewed Audrey Edwards

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. “Do we need another book about the Second World War?” was the opening gambit thrown in…more