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  • Statement on ILF & COVID-19

    Here at Ilkley Literature Festival, we would like to offer our assistance to those being affected by the escalating Coronavirus pandemic. If you are self-isolating but need some shopping or prescriptions delivering, we will do all we can to help. We are also coordinating our efforts with the team at The…more

  • Special Event Announcement: Eddie Jones – Thursday 28 November

    We are delighted to announce that England Rugby coach Eddie Jones will be joining us for a special event on Thursday 28 November. Fresh from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Jones will be sharing stories of his life and career as told in his new autobiography, My Life and…more

  • Young People’s Poetry Competition Results 2019

    The Young People’s Poetry 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. Congratulations to all the prize winners and well done to everyone that sent in…more

  • Childrens Poetry Competition Results 2019

    With dozens of fantastic entries to chose from judge, Sai Murray was blown away by the quality of writing, making picking the winners a very difficult task indeed! Reception, Yr 1 & Yr 2 Winner: Annabel Easter (All Saints School) Runner up: Sebastian Robst (Bradford Grammar School) Yr 3& Y4…more

  • 2019 Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize Results

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize 1st. Border Patrol by Deborah Ballantyne 2nd. What Are You, Puffin by Rob Miles 3rd. honey suckle by Jo Peters   Judge Colette Bryce’s Feedback It was a pleasure to read the shortlisted entries for the Walter Swann Poetry Prize. Amongst the range of subjects, several…more

  • 2019 Short Story Competition Results

    In total we received over 200 entries for this year’s short story competition. Many entries drew on important social issues such as dementia care or mental health, while others were packed with twists, turns and suprising final reveals. The competition has been judged by Lucy Caldwell, herself recently shortlisted for…more

  • 2019 Poetry and Short Story Competition Short Lists

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize Shortlist 2019 Now in its fourth year, the Walter Swan Poetry Prize is open to all writers of poetry aged 18 and over. This year, for the first time, we have introduced a new prize category for young writers aged 18-25, which runs along the main…more

  • Download the 2019 Programme

    We are delighted to bring you the 2019 Ilkley Literature Festival programme. From the Poet Laureate to emerging writers, from stars of stage and screen to leading academics and journalists, you’ll find lots to entertain, engage and inspire you. Headline names include David Suchet, Prue Leith, Alastair Campbell, Gyles Brandreth,…more

  • Other Events in and around Ilkley

    There’s lots happening in and around Ilkley in September and October. Don’t miss these fantastic events being run by our friends and partners. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday 24 September Poetry From Singapore School of English, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT 6.30pm FREE Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from one of…more

  • David Suchet, Prue Leith and Clare Balding to Headline ILF19

    We are delighted to reveal some of the headline names who will be joining Poet Laureate Simon Armitage on the ILF programme this year. Star of stage and screen, David Suchet, will look back on his 50-year career via the many photographs he’s taken along the way. The much-loved actor…more