• 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

  • 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