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  • Tell Us What You Thought of ILF16!

    With over 230 events in 17 days Ilkley Literature Festival 2016 was a whirlwind of authors, poets, politicians, historians, scientists and of lots fun! As well as all our staff, we would like to thank our amazing team of volunteers, the wonderful authors, writers, poets and performers that took part…more

  • 2016 Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize Results

    1st: Janet Norton Umbilical 2nd: Nairn Kennedy This Year 3rd Ian Royce Chamberlain Clearing Out Highly Commended Emma Storr April Walk Romola Parish Lumb Bank Julie Mellor Ode to the Scar on my Wrist Photo credit: julio.garciah via Visual Hunt / CC BY

  • 2016 Short Story Competition Results

    1st: Anne Goodwin Tobacco and Testosterone 2nd: Sue Wilsea The Big Idea 3rd: Sally Jubb Telling Peter Highly Commended: Linda Fulton The Concession Dom Haslam Little Reed Mike Gayle’s Judgement: Being invited to judge this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story competition has been a real honour and reading the…more

  • Fire Walk with Me: The First Cut

    Fire Walk with Me: The First Cut Ilkley Town Hall Sunday 9th October 7pm – 8pm A collaborative event between Ilkley Arts and the  Ilkley Literature Festival comprising image and text, film and spoken word. It is the final event for the Ilkley Art Trail and promises to be an…more

  • How Ilkley Young Writers Changed My Life

    Ella, who has been a member of Ilkley Young Writers for 4 years tells us how the group has changed her life. I have been in Ilkley Young Writers for what feels forever. Which is in reality only about 4 years. Since being in Young Writers I have changed from…more

  • Yorkshire Literature Festivals team up on new work to celebrate the Brontës

    To mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth and the start of the Brontë 200 celebrations Beverley Literature Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival and Off the Shelf Festival of Words have commissioned three writers to produce new work inspired by the literary siblings. Guardian First Book Prize Winner Andrew McMillan,…more

  • 2016 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 2016 programme will be listed here. New Event: Event 239 Carol Ann Duffy…more

  • 2016 Festival Programme

    We are delighted to bring you the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival programme, featuring over 240 events including Alan Titchmarsh, Ken Clarke, Sian Williams, Damon Hill,  Nick Clegg, Sir Tony Robinson, Shazia Mirza, Tracy Chevalier, Joanne Harris, Simon Armitage, Daljit Nagra, Jenni Murray, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and many more. Our Children’s…more

  • The Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize

    The Walter Swan Trust is delighted to be sponsoring the Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry Competition. Walter died very suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2014 at the age of 59. The Trust was established in 2014 (and launched at the Festival that year) to promote creative writing and to provide opportunities…more

  • Become a Festival Friend Today!

    Tickets for Ilkley Literature Festival 2016 go on general sale at 9am on Tuesday 30 August, but Friends of the Festival can beat the rush and enjoy their own exclusive priority booking period from 18 – 24 August. Demand for headline tickets is always high and with speakers this year…more