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  • Ilkley Literature Festival 2015 Programme Revealed

    We are delighted to announce the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival programme. Our headline speakers for 2015 include Simon Schama, Brian Blessed, Caroline Lucas, Peter and Dan Snow, Frances Quinn and Howard Middleton from the Bake Off, Jay Rayner, Simon Armitage, Vince Cable, Robert Winston and Caroline Criado-Perez. We’ll be welcoming…more

  • Apply for the Words in the City Poetry Slam!

    Do you want to be part of the 2016 Words in the City Slam? Do you have 2 poems no longer than 3 minutes each? Are you free to perform at Waterstones on Sat 9 July? Are you used to reading/performing your work to an audience?* Are you 18 or…more

  • Words in the City Micro-Commissions – Apply Now!

    Do you have a great idea for a new creative event, art project or performance based on poetry or spoken word? Do you need a small amount of financial support to realise your idea? Are you based in Bradford or have a strong connection to the city? We’re offering 3…more

  • Words in the City 2016

    A world record holding beatboxer, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, a Multilingual Mushiara, a Poetry Slam and Shakeapeare performed like you’ve never seen before…there is something for everyone at Words in the City! This year, Words in the City is part of Bradford Festival and will bring together local and national…more

  • Primary schools events with Steve Cole on Monday 12 October

    Our special afternoon event on Monday 12 October for School groups is open for booking NOW. Steve Cole, will talk to Year 5 and 6 pupils about his books and writing. There will also be a special Twilight session for teachers, librarians and other professionals working with children. Steve is…more

  • 2015 Poets in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that Zaffar Kunial will be the 2015 Poet in Residence and Beverley Nadin the Apprentice Poet in Residence. Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and is a Faber New Poet. His poem ‘Hill Speak’ won third prize in the 2011 National Poetry Competition and he…more

  • Ilkley Young Writers Events

    Ilkley Young Writers have two great events coming up in July: The Mighty Write Workshop 1-3.30pm, Sunday 5 July The Space, Hebden Bridge Town Hall FREE As part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, the Young Writers will be running a writing workshop for anyone aged 12-18. A fun and…more

  • 2015 Festival Highlights

    Ilkley Literature Festival confirms first authors for this year’s international programme including a New York Times best seller, Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year and a gluten-free connoisseur from Britain’s favourite baking tent. Thousands of book lovers will once again descend on the spa town for the annual event,…more

  • Young Writers Summer School

    After another successful Summer School last year, Ilkley Literature Festival will be running our next residential Summer School  for young people who love writing from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2015. Based at Lineham Farm, a converted farmhouse near Golden Acre Park just outside Leeds, we will be…more

  • 2015 Young People’s Writing Competition

    Schools and individual young people in Years 7–13 (ages 11/12-18 inclusive) are welcome to enter this competition, which is for an original poem or short story. Age Categories Entries will be judged in the following categories: Years 7, 8 and 9 Years 10 and 11 Years 12 and 13 Prizes…more