• 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

  • Children’s and Young People’s Writing Competitions

    The 2017 Children’s and Young People’s Writing competitions are now open! Children’s Poetry Competition: Schools and individual children from Yorkshire and Lancashire are welcome to enter this competition. AGE CATEGORIES Reception, Year 1, Year 2 Year 3 and 4 Year 5 and 6 PRIZES FOR EACH AGE GROUP A special…more

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    Introducing Apprentice Poet in Residence Jade Cuttle

    We are delighted to announce that Jade Cuttle has been appointed as the 2017 Apprentice Poet in Residence. Jade is a poetic folk songwriter at University of Cambridge. She has performed on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms (The Art of Splinters) and is broadcast regularly across BBC…more

  • Listen again: Sally Wainwright at The Spring Series

    An Evening with Sally Wainwright and Ann Dinsdale was the highlight of the ILF17 Spring Series and if you missed this sell out event, or simply want to relive it, you can listen to a recording here.

  • Words in the City | Bradford

    29 – 30 July 2017 Join us for a weekend of FREE poetry and family fun when Words in the City returns, as part of Bradford Festival. We have fantastic poetry themed drop in activities, a magical new show from the team behind Revolting Rhymes and a special performance from…more

  • McCarthy and Stone Competition Winners

    The winners of the A View From The Window competition were announced on Wednesday 19 April at An Evening with Sally Wainwright. The competition, which was run by our headline sponsors McCarthy and Stone to celebrate our new partnership, received dozens of entries and the judges were delighted to receive…more

  • Fierce Light Exhibition Preview & Event with Simon Armitage and Daljit NAgra

    Daljit Nagra is the 2017 Poet in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that Daljit Nagra has been appointed as 2017 Poet in Residence! Daljit Nagra is from a Sikh background and was born and grew up in West London then Sheffield. He has published three collections of poetry all with Faber & Faber. His poem Look We…more

  • Don’t Miss the ILF Spring Series Featuring Sally Wainwright

    Ilkley Literature Festival is offering a spring treat of three special events designed to inspire, provoke and engage audiences who just can’t wait until October. The Spring Series starts on Wednesday 19 April with screenwriter Sally Wainwright talking about her work and her love of the Brontës, former Chair of…more