• 2016 Round Up and Season’s Greetings

    2016 has been an amazing and busy year for Ilkley Literature Festival, we held over 275 events for over 28,800 people including the October Festival, Words in the City and our year round work with children and young people. In February we launched Bradford Young Writers and the group is…more

  • Watch Chicken Shop Shakespeare in Bradford

    Chicken Shop Shakespeare hit the streets of Bradford with their flashmob Shakespeare performances for Words in the City. As part of Words in the City 2016 we invited Leeds based theatre company Chicken Shop Shakespeare to surprise passers by with pop up performances across Bradford’s City Park. From Puck in…more

  • Children’s Poetry Competition Winners 2016

    With dozens of fanstastic entries to chose from, the judges of the 2016 Children’s poetry competition were blown away by the quality of writing, making picking the winners a very difficult task indeed! The winners of the 2016 Children’s Poetry Competition are: Reception 1. Isabelle Cummins, Hawksworth CE Primary School…more

  • Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners 2016

    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. Short Story Year 7/8/9 1. Gracie Nuttal, Skipton Girls’ High School…more

  • New Responses to the Brontës – Nat Johnson on visiting the Brontë Parsonage

    Singer/ Songwriter Nat Johnson tells us more about how visiting Haworth inspired her new songs. I first read Wuthering Heights in my early twenties, and it remains one of my all-time favourites. Emily’s powerful, weather-lashed storytelling led me to her sisters’ novels too and I’ve been revisiting them all, and…more

  • The Laureate’s Choice

    Apprentice Poet in Resience Mark Pajak tells us more about the Laureate’s Choice event at Ilkley Literature Festival 2016. During the apprentice poet interview, the Laureate’s Choice reading was the first idea I pitched. It’s an event I was deeply excited to take part in and now I am equally…more

  • How Ilkley Young Writers Changed My Life

    Ella, who has been a member of Ilkley Young Writers for 4 years tells us how the group has changed her life. I have been in Ilkley Young Writers for what feels forever. Which is in reality only about 4 years. Since being in Young Writers I have changed from…more

  • New Responses to the Brontës: Andrew McMillan on Branwell

    Festival Poet in Residence tells us more about how Branwell Brontë is inspiring his specially commissioned piece. There’s a great New Statesman piece, talking about Robert Erdic’s Sanctuary, which in discussing that famous portrait of Branwell Brontë smeared out focus, quotes Charlotte as commenting that there seemed to be an…more

  • The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shade

    The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shade is a series of events and commissions currated by our partners Alchemy and inspired by an M.R. James ghost story. Here, Alchemy Director Dr. Nima Poovaya-Smith tells us more about the commissioning process and what to expect at these special events. I have always…more

  • Festival Director’s Picks

    One of the exciting things about being Festival Director is being able to share authors, poets and events I think  people will find inspiring. We’ve managed to put together what I hope you’ll feel is a really exciting mix of big name headliners in the Kings Hall, including Ken Clarke,…more