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  • Alexandra Harris: Weatherland reviewed by Ellie Wriglesworth

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. With Alexandra Harris’ entrance onto the stage it became evident we were in for a treat….more

  • Martin Bell: End of an Empire reviewed by Chris Longden

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. As you’d expect, most of the audience who had bought tickets to hear ‘The Man In…more

  • Blake Morrison: Shingle Street reviewed by Rosalind Fairclough

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Blake Morrison’s first collection for thirty years, Shingle Street, was preceded by the presentation of the…more

  • Blake Remixed by Testament reviewed by Ruth Hobley

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. This was definitely my wild card event. That it was also the wild card for many…more

  • Claire Harman: Charlotte Brontë- A Life reviewed by Patrick McGuckin

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. For the second time in this Literature Festival (the first was at the lecture about Sylvia…more

  • Ian McMillan reviewed by Patrick McGuckin

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Ian McMillan has been coming to the Ilkley Literature Festival for over 30 years. First of…more

  • Jane Smiley reviewed by Audrey Edwards

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Before I went to this event I knew very little about Jane Smiley but, as I…more

  • Caroline Criado-Perez: Do It Like A Woman reviewed by Ellie Wriglesworth

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Caroline Criado-Perez has famously fought for better female representation in the media, won the Liberty Human…more

  • Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell reviewed by Ruth Hobley

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. At the time of agreeing to review Jay Rayner, I had conveniently forgotten exactly what the…more

  • Mark Thomas: 100 Minor Acts of Dissent reviewed by Patrick McGuckin

    This review was written by a member of the Ilkley Literature Festival review team. The Review Team take part in a special reviewing workshop at the start of the Festival before attending Festival events. Those, who like me, had got their ‘Marks’ mixed up and expected some gentle ribbing of…more