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  • Young girl reading her poem

    2015 Children’s Writing Competition

    Schools and individual children from Yorkshire and Lancashire are welcome to enter this competition. Age Categories Reception, Year 1, Year 2 Year 3 and 4 Year 5 and 6 Years 7 – 13 have a separate Young People’s Poetry and Short Story Competition. Prizes A special certificate. Book tokens, kindly…more

  • Philippa Gregory

    Bestselling author of The Other Bolelyn Girl and The White Queen, Philippa Gregory, is coming to the Kings Hall on Wednesday 19 August to talk about her latest book, The Taming of a Queen. Focusing on Katherine Parr, The Taming of a Queen is a deeply intimate portrayal of a…more

  • Daljit Nagra presenting prize to competition winner

    2015 Adult Writing Competitions Are Now Open

    We are delighted to announce that the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival writing competitions are now open for entries. Poet and author of And When Did You Last See Your Father? Blake Morrison will be judging the Adult Poetry Competition, while novelist and Professor of Contemporary Literature at Manchester University Patricia…more

  • Festival Director and staff member talking

    We’re recruiting: Head of Finance and Development

    Ilkley Literature Festival is seeking an exceptional and proactive individual for a new position of Head of Finance and Development. The Head of Finance and Development will work alongside our Festival Director, providing a strong and confident steer on financial and administrative concerns, take control of fiscal affairs and financial…more

  • David Starkey – Magna Carta

    Thursday 14 May sees historian David Starkey make a welcome return to the Kings Hall following his sell out appearance at the 2014 Festival. Starkey will be discussing his latest book, Magna Carta, the Charter that Changed the World which explores the history, impact and global influence of the Magna…more

  • New Bradford Young Writers Group!

    Ilkley Literature Festival, in association with Bradford Libraries, is launching a new writing group for young people in Bradford. Ilkley Literature Festival Director Rachel Feldberg said ‘We are very excited to be launching Bradford Young Writers. We know there are lots of talented young people in Bradford who are looking…more

  • Dreda Say Mitchell at the Festival 2014

    2014 Short Story Competition Results

    1st – Maisie by Sue Hoffmann 2nd – Authentic Athens by Emily Kerr 3rd – Director’s Cut by Andrew Campbell-Kearsey   Dreda Say Mitchell’s Judgement This year’s adult short stories are a great and diverse collection that took me on journeys to New Zealand and Athens, to the past and…more

  • Moniza Alvi announces competition winners 2014

    2014 Poetry Competition Results

    1st – Host by Pamela Scobie 2nd – banked up by John Foggin 3rd – Theshold by Carolyn Waudby Moniza Alvi’s Judgement Poetry competition-judging is a lengthy process, and not least when considering the long-listed poems! Sometimes it feels like being asked to rank the animals in the zoo, scarcely…more