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  • Colette Bryce to be Poet in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that award-winning Northern Irish poet Colette Bryce will be Poet in Residence at the 2019 Festival. Following in the footsteps of previous Poets in Residence including Imtiaz Dharker, Daljit Nagra, Andrew McMillan and Zaffar Kunial, Colette will be putting her own mark on the festival,…more

  • Support our campaign to bring more captioned events to ILF

    Give to our fundraising appeal to help people with hearing loss enjoy more ILF events, and Crowdfunder could DOUBLE your donation! There are 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK, that’s around one in six of us. Of this number there are around 50,000 children with hearing loss…more

  • New Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will open ILF 2019 on Friday 4 October

    We know you’ll join us in sending long-time Ilkley Literature Festival friend, supporter and creative collaborator Simon Armitage our warmest congratulations on receiving the UK’s highest literary honour. We are delighted to be able to reveal that the Poet Laureate will be opening the 2019 festival with a reading of…more

  • The 2019 Writing Competitions Are Open

    We are pleased to announce that our hotly anticipated annual poetry and short story writing competitions are now open for entries. 2019 Walter Swan Poetry Prize Now in its fourth year, the Walter Swan Poetry Prize is open to all writers of poetry aged 18 and over. Previous prize winners…more

  • Children’s Poetry Competition

    Our children’s poetry competition is open for entries and this year, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings we are asking for poems on the theme of Discovery. This can be any kind of discovery, not just scientific – it could be a personal discovery of a new…more

  • Primary Schools Matinee with Robin Stevens

    Booking is now open for our annual Primary Schools Matinee event. Primary Schools Matinee with Robin Stevens Tuesday 1 October 2019, 1.30pm, The Kings Hall, Ilkley Robin Stevens is the author of Murder Most Unladylike series. Featuring detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, these hugely popular books are the…more

  • Snow Stone Repairs

    Thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated to our Snow Stone appeal in December we are very pleased to say that we raised enough money to complete the necessary repairs. Lettercarver Pip Hall completed the work (in both rain and shine) between 18 – 21 March and you can…more

  • Opportunities for Writers at ILF19

    We are inviting applications from new and emerging writers for a selection of opportunities at this year’s Festival. The popular Festival Fringe returns this year with a new look and format. Taking place over one weekend (5 – 6 October), the Fringe will be a smorgasbord of delights and surprises…more

  • Book Now for Salley Vickers and Rachel Reeves

    We hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2019. Planning for the main Festival and Words in the City is already well underway and we are delighted to announce our first events of 2019: Salley Vickers – The Librarian Salley Vickers returns to Ilkley with her latest subtle,…more

  • Rachel Feldberg to step down as artistic director of Ilkley Literature Festival

    After 16 amazing years as Artistic Director Rachel Feldberg will be moving on from Ilkley Literature Festival this December. Rachel joined the festival in 2002 and since then has grown the event to a thriving 17 day festival, welcoming leading authors, poets and writers from across the world to the…more