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  • Opportunities for Young Writers

    This is just a sample of the opportunities available to young writers in the region but there are plenty more if you keep your eyes open. Courses Part time adult creative writing classeshttp://www.swarthmore.org.uk/https://www.wea.org.uk/find-your-local-wea?r=yorkshire-humber Writers Festival day, Leeds Trinity University (18+) March/April http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/events/humanities/leeds-trinity-writers-festival Playwrights and New Writing, West Yorkshire Playhousehttps://www.wyp.org.uk/playwrights-and-new-writing/ Youth…more

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    Jade Cuttle – The Poetry of Trees

    Apprentice Poet in Residence Jade Cuttle tells us why she is leading a workshop on listening to trees. I’ve always been really inspired by the humble-hearted wisdom and resilience of trees, so I’m looking forward to finding some writers who’d like to muse and marvel at these magnificent creatures with…more

  • Festival Directors Top Pick’s

    With over 250 events covering everything from Indian feasts to radical technologies our programme has something for everyone but we know it can also be difficult trying to decide what to see. But don’t worry, Festival Director Rachel Feldberg has picked her top 5 must-see events to help you narrow…more

  • Daljit Nagra – Catastrophe

    Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra tells us more about translating the work of Somali poet Xasan Daahir Isaacciil ‘Weedhsame’. Imagine a protagonist speaking angrily to the Sea that it has swallowed up all of his loved ones, that the Sea has been complicit in the murder of Somalians fleeing their…more

  • 2017 Programme Updates

    Information about changes to the Festival programme, including new events and updates. Due to unforeseen circumstances we ocasionally have to make small changes to the programme or sadly cancel events. Details of any such changes to the 2017 programme will be listed here. Venue Change: Event 78 Scandinavian Crime will…more

  • Ilkley Literature Festival 2017

    We are delighted to bring you the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival programme, featuring over 250 events including Alan Bennett, Sarah Millican, Richard Osman, Shami Chakrabarti, Judy Murray, Richard Dawkins, June Sarpong, Daljit Nagra, Alan Hollinghurst and many more. Our Children’s Festival is headlined by BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and…more

  • Alan Bennett to Open Ilkley Literature Festival 2017

    Alan Bennett will open the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival with a special afternoon event on Friday 29 September. The playwright, screenwriter, actor and author returns to the Festival for the first time since 2009 and when he will be talking about his most recent collection of diaries and essays, Keeping…more

  • Opening doors with a shoelace: Studying Creative Writing

    Rachel Hall, who is a member of Ilkley Young Writers and a regular at our Young Writers Summer School recently spent a few days doing Work Experience at the ILF office. As well as learning about life behind the scenes of a Literature Festival she wrote this blog about making…more

  • Sarah Millican, Victoria Derbyshire, Evan Davis and Shami Chakrabarti to Headline ILF17

    We are excited to announce the first headline names for this year’s Festival! BAFTA award-winning English journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire will make her Ilkley debut on September 30 with her book Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope, published earlier that month. A first-hand account of the…more

  • Booking Open for Primary Schools Matinee

    Our special afternoon event for School groups is open for booking NOW – schools’ afternoons always sell out, so make sure your school gets tickets! Schools’ event with M.G. Leonard for students in Years 3&4 M.G. Leonard is a writer of books, poems and screenplays, including Beetle Boy and Beetle…more