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  • 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

  • Guided Reading Group Part 2- 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. Last night we had our 2nd reading group about Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy – the focus was on environmental catastrophe and environmental activism. We had another wide-ranging discussion and I got so…more

  • Guided Reading Group Part 1- 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. So: we had our first Ilkley LitFest reading group about Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy yesterday before going to see Atwood herself – what a fantastic writer, reader, speaker, comedian! The discussion was…more