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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

  • 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

  • Audience at the Kings Hall 2014

    Arts Council Funding Secured

    We are delighted to announce that the Arts Council have confirmed our funding for the next 4 years. We have retained our National Portfolio (NPO) Status and will be funded at the same level as previously allowing us to continue to deliver the October Festival, Words in the City and…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

  • 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

  • We are Recruiting!

    After 7 years we are saying goodbye to Laura Beddows this week as she leaves Ilkley to work as Assistant Producer at Hull City of Culture. Laura first joined the Festival in 2009 first as Festival Intern then returned with the Box Office team before becoming Festival Administrator and finally…more

  • Apply to be the 2017 Apprentice Poet in Residence

    Applications for 2017 Apprentice Poet in Residence are now open. The Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence is an opportunity for an exceptional, emerging poet who is based in the Northern region and at the start of their career. As Apprentice Poet in Residence they will shadow this year’s Poet in…more

  • Daljit Nagra presenting prize to competition winner

    Enter the 2017 Writing Competitions Now!

    We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival writing competitions are now open for entries. The Poetry and Short Story competitions are open to anyone aged over 18 and entries can be on any subject. The judges for the competitions include author of The Watchmaker of Filligree…more