• Watch the Words in the City 2015 Film!

    Our weekend poetry festival, Words in the City, took place from 6 – 7 June 2015 in Bradford with leading poets including Tony Harrison, John Hegley, Jo Shapcott and Imtiaz Dharker performing their work along with fantastic events for children and families in the Poetry Yurt, the Emergency Poet dispensing…more

  • Apply for the Words in the City Poetry Slam!

    Do you want to be part of the 2016 Words in the City Slam? Do you have 2 poems no longer than 3 minutes each? Are you free to perform at Waterstones on Sat 9 July? Are you used to reading/performing your work to an audience?* Are you 18 or…more

  • Words in the City Micro-Commissions – Apply Now!

    Do you have a great idea for a new creative event, art project or performance based on poetry or spoken word? Do you need a small amount of financial support to realise your idea? Are you based in Bradford or have a strong connection to the city? We’re offering 3…more

  • Words in the City 2016

    A world record holding beatboxer, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, a Multilingual Mushiara, a Poetry Slam and Shakeapeare performed like you’ve never seen before…there is something for everyone at Words in the City! This year, Words in the City is part of Bradford Festival and will bring together local and national…more

  • Ilkley Young Writers at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Sam from Ilkley Young Writers tells us about their recents trips to Hebden Bridge and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. On Sunday 5th July, Ilkley Young Writers delivered a young people’s writing workshop (which we’d optimistically named ‘The Mighty Write’) as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. The workshop had been…more

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    Primary schools events with Steve Cole on Monday 12 October

    Our special afternoon event on Monday 12 October for School groups is open for booking NOW. Steve Cole, will talk to Year 5 and 6 pupils about his books and writing. There will also be a special Twilight session for teachers, librarians and other professionals working with children. Steve is…more

  • 2015 Poets in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that Zaffar Kunial will be the 2015 Poet in Residence and Beverley Nadin the Apprentice Poet in Residence. Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and is a Faber New Poet. His poem ‘Hill Speak’ won third prize in the 2011 National Poetry Competition and he…more

  • Words in the City

    Words in the City Coordinator, Jenny Harris, shares her experiences of the weekend. Early June saw us heading to Bradford City Centre for a second edition of our new poetry weekend, Words in the City. We were sad to miss the Curry Festival this year, which was postponed, but it’s…more

  • Children’s Poems from Words in the City

    As well as edible poetry and writing inspired by the sky, one of the activities for children and families in the Poetry Yurt at Words in the City was to simply write a poem. Over the weekend dozens of poems were written about everything from apples and guinea pigs to…more

  • 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