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  • June Friends’ Reception

    On Wednesday 24 June we welcomed many of our Festival Friends to Ilkley Rugby Club for our annual spring reception. While the Friends enjoyed a glass of wine and a few canapes, Festival Director Rachel Feldberg announced the first names appearing at the 2015 Festival, including 3 names revealed exclusively…more

  • Ilkley Young Writers Events

    Ilkley Young Writers have two great events coming up in July: The Mighty Write Workshop 1-3.30pm, Sunday 5 July The Space, Hebden Bridge Town Hall FREE As part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, the Young Writers will be running a writing workshop for anyone aged 12-18. A fun and…more

  • Young Writers Summer School

    After another successful Summer School last year, Ilkley Literature Festival will be running our next residential Summer School  for young people who love writing from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2015. Based at Lineham Farm, a converted farmhouse near Golden Acre Park just outside Leeds, we will be…more

  • Rachel, Rommi, Nigel in Leeds Art Gallery

    From Outside the Frame: Unexpected Outcomes

    As this stage of our Creative Case project draws to a close I’ve realised that one of the unexpected effects has been to change my relationship with a number of the paintings in the exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery which has been our springboard, ‘One day, Something Happens; Paintings of…more

  • Rachel, Rommi and Nigel stood in Leeds Art Gallery

    From Outside the Frame: Finding Ourselves in the Frame

    Although I have been around the visual arts for a long time, including curating the Festival’s 40th anniversary exhibition and once as a wide-eyed student, being asked to ‘clear up’ a floor sculpture people were treading on at a private view- I remember crouching on the floor, shovelling it into…more

  • Children's Books

    World Book Day: Top Children’s Books

    To celebrate World Book Day Sainsbury’s commissioned a survey to find the ‘Top 50 Books Every Child Should Read By 16’. The survey aimed to find the ultimate children’s reading list and encourage bedtime reading. And while there are plenty of great books listed we noticed some of our favourites…more

  • Rachel, Rommi, Nigel and Kenny in Leeds Art Gallery

    From Outside the Frame: Introduction

    Lots of people assume that working in the arts means you have time to explore ideas- spend your days having great thoughts or wafting about in a creative haze. The reality is, whatever your art form, we’re almost always heads down, working on practical tasks to tight deadlines. So, our…more

  • New Bradford Young Writers Group!

    Ilkley Literature Festival, in association with Bradford Libraries, is launching a new writing group for young people in Bradford. Ilkley Literature Festival Director Rachel Feldberg said ‘We are very excited to be launching Bradford Young Writers. We know there are lots of talented young people in Bradford who are looking…more

  • Guided Reading Group Part 4- Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Triology

    Dr. Catherine Bates led the 2014 Guided Reading Group through a series of discussions about Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Triology. In 2004, Margaret Atwood gave a lecture at Carleton University entitled “Scientific Romancing: The Kesterton Lecture” – in it she poses the question, “What is a human being?”, later asking “How…more

  • Guided Reading Group Part 3- Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Triology

    Dr. Catherine Bates led the 2014 Guided Reading Group through a series of discussions about Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Triology. In 1973 Atwood suggested: ‘Power is our environment. We live surrounded by it: it pervades every everything we are and do, invisible and soundless, like air…So many of the things we…more