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  • 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

  • Looking-Glass Girl: Cathy Cassidy reviewed by 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. My first experience of this event was a bit like that of the character in the…more

  • Children’s Book Trail

    Discover exciting children’s books (and lots of great shops) as you search Ilkley for books hidden in shop windows! Find all the books on the trail and you could win fantastic prizes. How to take part in the Book Trail: Collect an entry form from Festival venues, the Grove Bookshop,…more

  • 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