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  • Apply now for a Words in the City Micro-Commission!

    Words in the City is a weekend festival of poetry and spoken word taking place in Leeds City Centre from 11-13 May 2018, organised by Ilkley Literature Festival. Our partner venues The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Central Library and The Leeds Library provide the perfect settings for a weekend of inspiring…more

  • Season’s Greetings from Ilkley Literature Festival

    2017 has been a busy and exciting year for Ilkley Literature Festival. We ran a Spring Series of events at the Kings Hall with fascinating speakers including Sally Wainwright, Our year-round programme of work for children and young people continued with Young Writers Groups in Ilkley and Bradford, Story Explorers…more

  • Words in the City | Leeds

    We are very excited to confirm that Words in the City will be returning in May 2018, with a new home right in the centre of Leeds! Words in the City is our poetry and spoken word weekend bringing together a diverse, exciting collection of voices to celebrate the magic…more

  • Children’s Poetry Competition Winners 2017

    With dozens of fanstastic entries to chose from, the judges of the 2017 Children’s Poetry Competition were blown away by the quality of writing, making picking the winners a very difficult task indeed! Reception: 1st: Freya McHale 2nd: Isla Cooper 3rd: Patrick French Highly Commended: Sam Metcalfe(Hawksworth C of E…more

  • Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners 2017

    The Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition once again received lots of brilliant entries, which came from schools and individuals across the region. As always, picking the winners was difficult, as the standard of entries was extremely high. Poetry Year 8: 1st: Elizabeth Sykes – Amyclae(Wakefield Girls’ High School)…more

  • 2017 Short Story Competition Results

    1stPlace: Sarah Mackey – Mrs Peacock and the Broad Bean Baby 2nd Place: Julie Lydall – Heft and Ballast 3rdPlace: Graeme Hall – The Jade Monkey Laughs Highly Commended: Gerard McKewon – Last Rabbit Standing JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Natasha Pulley General Comments The standard of the shortlist was extraordinarily high. There…more

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    Post Festival Events

    RESCHEDULED EVENT: Armando Iannucci: Hear Me OutTuesday 21 November 7.30pm, Kings Hall, £14/10 As one of the biggest names in British comedy, Armando Iannucci is the master of satire and biting political commentary who created Alan Partridge, The Thick of It and Veep as well as new film The Death…more

  • 2017 Press Pack Reviews

    Ben Faulks: What makes me a ME? Reviews by our young Press Pack team Ben Faulks strode confidently out on to the stage, a huge grin on his face and I can’t say it was as I expected. I’d seen Mr Bloom before, starring in CBeebies show “Mr Bloom’s Nursery”…more

  • 2017 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 2017 programme will be listed here. Venue Change: Event 78 Scandinavian Crime will…more

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    Ilkley Literature Festival 2017

    We are delighted to bring you the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival programme, featuring over 250 events including Alan Bennett, Sarah Millican, Richard Osman, Shami Chakrabarti, Judy Murray, Richard Dawkins, June Sarpong, Daljit Nagra, Alan Hollinghurst and many more. Our Children’s Festival is headlined by BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and…more