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  • 2017 Short Story Competition Results

    1stPlace: Sarah Mackey – Mrs Peacock and the Broad Bean Baby 2nd Place: Julie Lydall – Heft and Ballast 3rdPlace: Graeme Hall – The Jade Monkey Laughs Highly Commended: Gerard McKewon – Last Rabbit Standing JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Natasha Pulley General Comments The standard of the shortlist was extraordinarily high. There…more

  • Post Festival Events

    RESCHEDULED EVENT: Armando Iannucci: Hear Me OutTuesday 21 November 7.30pm, Kings Hall, £14/10 As one of the biggest names in British comedy, Armando Iannucci is the master of satire and biting political commentary who created Alan Partridge, The Think of It and Veep as well as new film The Death…more

  • 2017 Press Pack Reviews

    Ben Faulks: What makes me a ME? Reviews by our young Press Pack team Ben Faulks strode confidently out on to the stage, a huge grin on his face and I can’t say it was as I expected. I’d seen Mr Bloom before, starring in CBeebies show “Mr Bloom’s Nursery”…more

  • 2017 Programme Updates

    Information about changes to the Festival programme, including new events and updates. Due to unforeseen circumstances we ocasionally have to make small changes to the programme or sadly cancel events. Details of any such changes to the 2017 programme will be listed here. Venue Change: Event 78 Scandinavian Crime will…more

  • 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