• Apply now for a Words in the City Micro-Commission!

    Words in the City is a weekend festival of poetry and spoken word taking place in Leeds City Centre from 11-13 May 2018, organised by Ilkley Literature Festival. Our partner venues The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Central Library and The Leeds Library provide the perfect settings for a weekend of inspiring…more

  • Season’s Greetings from Ilkley Literature Festival

    2017 has been a busy and exciting year for Ilkley Literature Festival. We ran a Spring Series of events at the Kings Hall with fascinating speakers including Sally Wainwright, Our year-round programme of work for children and young people continued with Young Writers Groups in Ilkley and Bradford, Story Explorers…more

  • Words in the City | Leeds

    We are very excited to confirm that Words in the City will be returning in May 2018, with a new home right in the centre of Leeds! Words in the City is our poetry and spoken word weekend bringing together a diverse, exciting collection of voices to celebrate the magic…more

  • 2017 Chapbook Battle

    At the 2017 Festival, Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra hosted a Chapbook Battle. Poets representing independent presses from across the UK were invited to read a selection of their own work and work by other people published by the same press, across a series of rounds until a winner was…more

  • In 20 Years Time

    At the 2017 Young Writers Summer School Amy Richardson wrote this poem exploring issues around Mental Health which we wanted to share. In 20 Years Time I want to sit in front of a pile of papers and not struggle for breath To drink caffeinated tea with no heaving, pounding…more

  • Children’s Poetry Competition Winners 2017

    With dozens of fanstastic entries to chose from, the judges of the 2017 Children’s Poetry Competition were blown away by the quality of writing, making picking the winners a very difficult task indeed! Reception: 1st: Freya McHale 2nd: Isla Cooper 3rd: Patrick French Highly Commended: Sam Metcalfe(Hawksworth C of E…more

  • Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners 2017

    The Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition once again received lots of brilliant entries, which came from schools and individuals across the region. As always, picking the winners was difficult, as the standard of entries was extremely high. Poetry Year 8: 1st: Elizabeth Sykes – Amyclae(Wakefield Girls’ High School)…more

  • 2017 Walter Swan Trust Poetry Competition Results

    1st Place: Kathy Osgerby – Leaving Spurn Point 2nd Place: Nairn Kennedy – Mr Arkwright’s Mind 3rd Place: Michael Farry – Stanstead Airport Highly Commended: Andrew Bramwell – Wisdom of the Primary School JUDGE’S COMMENTS: Daljit Nagra 1st Prize: Leaving Spurn Point – Kathy Osgerby A poem can be its own…more

  • Ilkley Young Writer Wins Forward Student Critic Prize

    Annabel Fuller, who is a member of Ilkley Young Writers, recently won the Forward Prize/ emagazine Student Critics Competition. We asked her to tell us how she found out about the prize and why she entered. I heard about the Forward / emagazine Student Critics Competition on the Young Poets’…more

  • Read the 2017 Festival Newspaper

    Make a Newspaper in a Day and the Press Pack give Young People the chance to be journalists – reviewing Festival events, interviewing authors and publishing their work in the Festival Newspaper. Here is the 2017 edition of the Moors Observer!