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  • Enter the 2018 Writing Competitions

    The hotly anticipated 2018 Walter Swan Poetry Competition and the 2018 Short Story Competition are now open for entries. The competitions are open to anyone aged over 18 and entries can be on any subject. The Walter Swan Poetry Competition is judged by Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker and the…more

  • Apply to be our 2018 Apprentice Poet in Residence

    We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Apprentice Poet in Residence. The Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence role is an opportunity for an exceptional, emerging poet who is based in the North of England  and at the start of their career. As Apprentice Poet in Residence they will shadow…more

  • Apply to the 2018 Fringe

    We are now taking applications for the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe. Groups or individuals of any age from – or with strong links to – the Yorkshire Region are invited to submit an application to present a Fringe Event at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2018. Writers, poets and live…more

  • New Partnership between University of Leeds and Ilkley Literature Festival

    Ilkley Literature Festival are delighted to announce a new partnership with the University of Leeds. The University will be Principal Partner on the forthcoming Words in the City poetry and spoken word festival taking place in Leeds (10 – 13 May) and Higher Education Partner for Ilkley Literature Festival 2018…more

  • Book Now for Words in the City Leeds

    Tickets are now on sale for Words in the City, our popular weekend festival of poetry and spoken word, taking place in the centre of Leeds from 10 – 13 May. Highlights include: reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson; a new show from multi-award-winning Luke Wright that takes…more

  • Jane Floweth

    Jane Floweth, a much-loved Ilkley Literature Festival volunteer, has died in hospital after being critically injured in a car crash in Bradford. For many years Jane was the support volunteer for Ilkley Young Writers group, giving up every Monday evening to help staff and teenagers at the sessions. She was…more

  • Special Event: Simon Mayo Tuesday 24 April

    One of Britain’s best-loved radio presenters, Simon Mayo will be discussing his life and career as well as his debut adult novel in the first Ilkley Literature Festival event of 2018 at the Kings Hall on Tuesday 24 April. The host of BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime show and co-presenter of…more

  • Ilkley Literature Festival Inspires Independent Film

    Ilkley Literature Festival is hitting the big screen as the setting for a new independent film staring Derek Jacobi, Roger Allam and Anna Maxwell Martin. ‘Ilkley’, which starts filming this week, is a black comedy directed by Harry Michell, who also co-wrote the script with Jamie Fraser. ‘Ilkley’ is the…more

  • Join the ILF Board

    Trustee with Special Responsibility for Finance Ilkley Literature Festival is looking for an enthusiastic and committed person with a strong financial background, which is likely to include an accountancy qualification and/or senior financial management experience, to join our Board in the role of Trustee with Special Responsibility for Finance. Click…more

  • Kadija George, Mahsuda Snaith and Winnie M Li at 2018 launch credit Max Farrar

    Enter the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018

    Entries can now be made to the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize, a trail-blazing award for new writing by black and Asian women. The biennial award is now in its 4th edition and has helped support a new generation of writers, including previous alumni Amita Murray, Mahsuda Snaith, Minoli Salgado,…more