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  • The Pie at Night: Stuart Maconie reviewed by Victoria Benn

    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. Pies, not surprisingly, were mentioned often during our time with the loquacious and wonderfully entertaining Stuart…more

  • Zaffar Kunial’s Festival Picks

    Festival Poet in Residence Zaffar Kunial tells us what he is looking forward to seeing at the Festival. Looking through the festival brochure I felt a bit like a kid leafing through the ‘telly pages’ of the Radio Times Christmas edition. There are lots of great poets appearing at Ilkley…more

  • 5 Must See Performances at Ilkley Literature Festival

    Along with a huge range of interviews, readings and workshops, the Festival features some brilliant performances at this year’s Festival and here are 5 of the best: 1. Nine Lives Nine Lives is a one man show starring Lladel Bryant (Chicken Shop Shakespeare) and written by former ILF Apprentice-Poet-in-Residence Zodwa…more

  • 5 Reasons not to miss Quinntessential Baking

    We have the perfect event for fans of the Great British Bake Off and all things baked: Quinntessential Baking with Frances Quinn and Howard Middleton! Saturday 10 October 11am at Kings Hall, Ilkley £14/12Book your tickets now! 5 reasons why this event is a must for all fans of the…more

  • Chicken Shop Shakespeare

    This week saw the start of an exciting new schools project led by the Festival in partnership with upcoming theatre company Chicken Shop Shakespeare. Project Coordinator Jenny Harris tells us more about what’s involved. Chicken Shop Shakespeare grew out of young Leeds-based actors Shane Welsh and Lladel Bryant’s love of…more

  • How an Ilkley Literature Festival masterclass helped me get published

    Margaret Mulligan, author of Katy Parker and the House that Cried, tells us how attending an Ilkley Literature Festival masterclass helped to get her first book published. After almost three years of being rejected outright by practically every agent and publisher listed in The Writers’ and Artists’ Year Book, it…more

  • Win a Kindle with the Grammar School at Leeds and Ilkley Literature Festival

    The Grammar School at Leeds is very proud to partner the Children’s Festival.  We are really looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s events and we have some fantastic giveaways, competitions and prizes on offer. The design a book cover competition is back by popular demand and this year the winning design…more

  • Student Led Event with Teresa Flavin

    On Monday 29 July a team of ten year 8 and 9 students from Allerton High School welcomed Leeds based author and illustrator Teresa Flavin and 35 pupils from local primary schools for an event they had organised themselves – with a little help from Ilkley Literature Festival. Dawn Cameron,…more

  • Rachel Feldberg’s Top Festival Events

    People sometimes tell me how much they would love to have my job as Festival Director, but at this time of year, I am daydreaming about being a member of the audience…I find myself leafing through the programme when I ought to be arranging staff rotas, thinking longingly of all…more

  • Jenny Eclair joins the Festival line up!

    New Festival Event: Jenny Eclair: Moving 12.30pm, Sunday 11 October, Kings Hall, £12/10 We have just confirmed this new headline event! Jenny Eclair is an extremely popular broadcaster, comedian, actor and writer. She is one of only two female winners of the Perrier Award, and often features on BBC radio…more