• 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!

  • 2017 Press Pack Reviews

    Ben Faulks: What makes me a ME? Reviews by our young Press Pack team Ben Faulks strode confidently out on to the stage, a huge grin on his face and I can’t say it was as I expected. I’d seen Mr Bloom before, starring in CBeebies show “Mr Bloom’s Nursery”…more

  • 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 classes Writers Festival day, Leeds Trinity University (18+) March/April Playwrights and New Writing, West Yorkshire Playhouse 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

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    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