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  • Announcing The First Names for ILF18

    The first names for Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 have been revealed with the Poet Laureate, an England cricket hero and a Strictly star featuring among the headline names. At her last visit to the Festival Susan Calman talked about her dream of appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and now returns…more

  • ILF receives funding to work with pupils who are new to English

    We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to run a poetry and animation project with pupils who are new to English. We’ll be working in Leeds and Bradford with Bishop Young Church of England Academy, The Cooperative Academy of Leeds, Appleton Academy and Dixon…more

  • Introducing our new Apprentice Poet in Residence

    We are very excited to introduce our new Apprentice Poet in Residence, Ian Walker. Ian will work alongside Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker as well as hosting his own events and workshops throughout the Festival. Ian is currently studying for a Poetry MFA at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was the 2016 Borough…more

  • Young Writer’s Summer School 2018

    Bookings are now open for the 2018 Young Writers Summer School, which takes place from 29-31 August at Lineham Farm. With workshops, games and activities, guest tutors and of course the always popular cabaret, the Summer School is for Young People aged 12+ who love creative writing. The Summer School…more

  • Special Event: Frank Gardner Saturday 16 June

    The BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner OBE, is a familiar face reporting on domestic and international security, notably extremist related terrorism. A fluent Arabic speaker he was previously the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent. In June 2004, while reporting in Riyadh, Frank and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by Islamist…more

  • Apply for an Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 Micro-Commission

    Through our micro-commissions we want to fund projects that explore new ways of creating or promoting poetry, fiction, non-fiction or spoken word in the Northern region. Your idea can be all about the word, or it can combine it with another art form/discipline. Our micro-commissions aim to: enable and support…more

  • c. Ayesha Dharker

    Imtiaz Dharker is the 2018 Poet in Residence

    We are thrilled to announce that Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winner Imtiaz Dharker will be the Poet in Residence at the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival. Imtiaz will be following in the footsteps of previous luminaries who have held the role, such as Daljit Nagra, Andrew Macmillan and Kim Moore….more

  • Enter the 2018 Writing Competitions

    The hotly anticipated 2018 Walter Swan Poetry Competition and the 2018 Short Story Competition are now open for entries. The competitions are open to anyone aged over 18 and entries can be on any subject. The Walter Swan Poetry Competition is judged by Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker and the…more

  • Apply to be our 2018 Apprentice Poet in Residence

    We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Apprentice Poet in Residence. The Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence role is an opportunity for an exceptional, emerging poet who is based in the North of England  and at the start of their career. As Apprentice Poet in Residence they will shadow…more

  • Apply to the 2018 Fringe

    We are now taking applications for the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe. Groups or individuals of any age from – or with strong links to – the Yorkshire Region are invited to submit an application to present a Fringe Event at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2018. Writers, poets and live…more