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  • 2015 Poetry Competition Results

    1st John Foggin Short back and sides 2nd Jacqueline P. Haskell Cora 3rd Ian Royce Chamberlain A Handful of Water Highly Commended Sharon Black Thirty Seventh View of Mt. Fuji Philip Dunn Reginald Joseph Mitchell Cathy Galvin Rough Translation Blake Morrison’s Judgement: The poems on this year’s shortlist not only demonstrate…more

  • Ilkley Young Writers at Chapel FM

    As a pre-Christmas treat you can watch Ilkley Young Writers performing with Chapel FM’s Associate Writers at Friday Night Live on Friday 11 December. Following two joint workshops Ilkley Young Writers and the Associate Writers will perform Hidden, a collaboration between the two groups exploring hidden objects, hidden feelings, hidden…more

  • Tell Us What You Thought of ILF15

    With the help of the Audience Agency, we have developed a survey to help us learn more about our audience, why you come to the Festival, how best to communicate with you and how we can make the Festival better. Even if you have already filled out a questionnaire at…more

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    Cancelled Event

    Due to a family emergency tonight’s event with Dom Joly has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience. The Box Office will contact ticket holders to arrange refunds.

  • Alchemy and Ilkley Literature Festival Present: The Language of Saris

    Tuesday 17 November 2015, 6pm, Round Foundry Media Centre Suffusing a grey November evening with gorgeous colours, textures and motifs, this salon event has been inspired by the varied sari traditions of India. Indian textiles have been traded across the world for over 2,000 years.The astonishing diversity of design vocabularies…more

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    Cancelled Events: Les Murray

    Due to illness Les Murray’s reading and masterclass have been cancelled. Les is sorry for any disappointment. The Box Office will contact ticket holders to arrange refunds.    

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    Cancelled Event: Alison Weir

    Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s event with Alison Weir has been cancelled. The Box Office will contact ticket holders to arrange refunds. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • Gourmet Food and Premium Indian Lager Tasting Evening at Aagrah

    The popular Gourmet Food Evening returns to Aagrah with another delicious menu of dishes, accompanied this year by a Premium Indian Lager. Hosted by Managing Director and Executive Chef of the Aagrah Group, Mohammed Aslam MBE, this evening will also feature a beer expert on hand to explain how Lal…more

  • 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 2015 programme will be listed here. Cancelled Event: Event 233. One Night of Love Friday 2 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse. The Box office will contact…more

  • Jenny Eclair joins the Festival line up!

    New Festival Event: Jenny Eclair: Moving 12.30pm, Sunday 11 October, Kings Hall, £12/10 We have just confirmed this new headline event! Jenny Eclair is an extremely popular broadcaster, comedian, actor and writer. She is one of only two female winners of the Perrier Award, and often features on BBC radio…more