• ILF receives funding to work with pupils who are new to English

    We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to run a poetry and animation project with pupils who are new to English. We’ll be working in Leeds and Bradford with Bishop Young Church of England Academy, The Cooperative Academy of Leeds, Appleton Academy and Dixon…more

  • Words in the City Schools Poetry Slam

    As part of our outreach work for Words in the City Leeds we hosted our first ever school poetry slam, which was a huge success. The slam enabled seven secondary schools in Leeds (Allerton High, Allerton Grange, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Cockburn High, The Cooperative Academy, Crawshaw Academy and…more

  • Introducing our new Apprentice Poet in Residence

    We are very excited to introduce our new Apprentice Poet in Residence, Ian Walker. Ian will work alongside Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker as well as hosting his own events and workshops throughout the Festival. Ian is currently studying for a Poetry MFA at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was the 2016 Borough…more

  • Young Writer’s Summer School 2018

    Bookings are now open for the 2018 Young Writers Summer School, which takes place from 29-31 August at Lineham Farm. With workshops, games and activities, guest tutors and of course the always popular cabaret, the Summer School is for Young People aged 12+ who love creative writing. The Summer School…more

  • Apply for an Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 Micro-Commission

    Through our micro-commissions we want to fund projects that explore new ways of creating or promoting poetry, fiction, non-fiction or spoken word in the Northern region. Your idea can be all about the word, or it can combine it with another art form/discipline. Our micro-commissions aim to: enable and support…more

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    Imtiaz Dharker is the 2018 Poet in Residence

    We are thrilled to announce that Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winner Imtiaz Dharker will be the Poet in Residence at the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival. Imtiaz will be following in the footsteps of previous luminaries who have held the role, such as Daljit Nagra, Andrew Macmillan and Kim Moore….more

  • Apply to the 2018 Fringe

    We are now taking applications for the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe. Groups or individuals of any age from – or with strong links to – the Yorkshire Region are invited to submit an application to present a Fringe Event at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2018. Writers, poets and live…more

  • Book Now for the Schools Poetry Show at Words in the City

    Tickets on sale now for poetry and spoken word show Spin Friday 11th May, 1.30 – 2.30pm The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds As part of Words in the City, our poetry and spoken word festival, we’re bringing leading poetry and spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes to Leeds for a special…more

  • Win Simon Mayo’s New Book!

    To celebrate our first event of 2018 we have 2 copies of Simon Mayo’s new book, Mad Blood Stirring to give away! Book tickets to see Simon at the Kings Hall on 24 April by 5pm on Friday 20 April to be in with a chance of winning. Simon Mayo…more

  • Book Now for Words in the City Leeds

    Tickets are now on sale for Words in the City, our popular weekend festival of poetry and spoken word, taking place in the centre of Leeds from 10 – 13 May. Highlights include: reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson; a new show from multi-award-winning Luke Wright that takes…more