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  • Poets busking outside the Manor House Museum

    Apply to the Fringe!

    We are now taking applications for the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe. Groups or individuals from, or with strong links to, the Yorkshire Region are invited to submit an application to present a Fringe Event at the Festival in 2016. Writers, poets and live literature performers of all kinds including…more

  • Design a Book Cover Competition Winners

    Congratulations to friends Eva and Ella, aged 10 from Rawdon St Peter’s Primary School, who won the 2015 Design a Book Cover Competition. The Competition is run by the Grammar School at Leeds as part of our Children’s Festival and received some brilliant and creative entries. Eva and Ellie, who…more

  • 2015 Short Story Competition Results

    1st Bernadette Hughes A Different Place 2nd Clare Fisher Whoever You Are, You Are Not Juliet 3rd Sally Jubb Between the Trees Highly Commended Linda Fulton A Pram Fit for Purpose Frances Gapper In Need Of Melanie Whipman Each Side of the Water Virginia Ledlowe Undine Patricia Duncker’s Judgement: What…more

  • 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

  • Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners 2015

    The Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition once again received lots of brilliant entries, which came from across Yorkshire and as far a field as Surrey and Liverpool! The winners were invited to read their work at the Cool Voices Club Night during the Festival. The winners of the…more

  • Children’s Poetry Competition Winners 2015

    We had dozens of entries for this year’s Children’s Poetry Competition. The standard of writing was very high and the judges had a tough time picking the winning entries for each category! The winners were invited to read their poems at Dominic Berry’s Spark the Goblin Wizard show at Ilkley…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