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  • 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

  • Writing and Reading in the Digital Age reviewed by Mellissa Hasson

    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 digital age, for many in the literature community, has come across as somewhat of a…more

  • Word Play: Gyles Brandreth reviewed 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. Gyles Brandreth is an Ilkley Literature Festival favourite. His capacity to talk wittily and engagingly for…more

  • Prisoners of Geography: Tim Marshall reviewed by Chris 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. Tim Marshall has a beard. He also has a long pointy stick and likes to prod…more