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  • John Cunliffe 1933-2018

    We were very sad to hear that John Cunliffe, creator of Postman Pat, Rosie and Jim and many other much loved children’s characters passed away last week. John, who was a long time Ilkley resident, became Patron of our Children’s Festival when it started in 2003 and delighted children and…more

  • Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Joins the Ilkley Literature Festival Line Up

    We have added a new event to our join up – legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston soared to fame when he became the first person to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Now, 50 years on from that famous voyage, he comes to Ilkley to…more

  • 2018 Programme 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 2018 programme will be listed here. The Box Office team make every effort to contact ticket holders to inform them of event changes, so please…more

  • Ilkley Literature Festival 2018

    We are delighted to bring you the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival programme with speakers ranging from England cricket star Moeen Ali to Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. As ever we are welcoming exciting names in literary fiction including Kate Mosse, Fiona Mozley and Nikesh Shukla, while poets reading their work…more

  • Book Now for the Schools Matinee with Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll announced for Schools Matinee: Friday 5 Oct  Emma Carroll, award-winning author of Letters From The Lighthouse and The Girl Who Walked on Air, will be the star of our schools matinee at this years’ Festival, talking about her new book Secrets of a Sun King. Ideal for pupils…more

  • Enter the 2018 Children’s Writing Competitions

    The 2018 Children’s and Young People’s Writing competitions are now open! Children’s Poetry Competition: Schools and individual children from Yorkshire and Lancashire are welcome to enter this competition. AGE CATEGORIES Reception, Year 1, Year 2 Year 3 and 4 Year 5 and 6 PRIZES FOR EACH AGE GROUP A special…more

  • 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