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  • 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

  • Children’s and Young People’s Writing Competitions

    The 2016 Children’s and Young People’s Writing competitions are now open! Children’s Poetry 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 PRIZES FOR EACH AGE GROUP A special…more

  • 2016 Apprentice Poet in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that Mark Pajak is the 2016 Apprentice Poet in Residence. Mark was born in Merseyside. His work has been published in The North, Magma and The Rialto, been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, highly commended in the Buzzwords Cheltenham Poetry Competition and The Poetry Society’s…more

  • Festival Director and staff member talking

    We Are Recruiting!

    Would you like to work at Ilkley Literature Festival – the North’s biggest and most exciting literature festival? We are currrently looking for a Head of Finance and Adminstration to join our friendly, enthusiastic staff team. Closing date for applications: Monday 20 June. Click here for more information on these…more

  • Apply to be Apprentice Poet in Residence

    Applications for 2016 Apprentice Poet in Residence are now open. The Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence is an opportunity for an exceptional, emerging poet who is based in the Northern region and at the start of their career. As Apprentice Poet in Residence they will shadow this year’s Poet in…more

  • Andrew McMillan returns as 2016 Poet in Residence

    We are delighted to announce that Andrew McMillan will be returning to Ilkley Literature Festival as our 2016 Poet in Residence. Andrew, who was Apprentice Poet in Residence in 2010, recently became the first poet to win the Guardian First Book Award for his collection, Physical which was also shortlisted…more

  • Poets busking outside the Manor House Museum

    Apply to the Fringe!

    We are now taking applications for the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe. Groups or individuals from, or with strong links to, the Yorkshire Region are invited to submit an application to present a Fringe Event at the Festival in 2016. Writers, poets and live literature performers of all kinds including…more

  • Design a Book Cover Competition Winners

    Congratulations to friends Eva and Ella, aged 10 from Rawdon St Peter’s Primary School, who won the 2015 Design a Book Cover Competition. The Competition is run by the Grammar School at Leeds as part of our Children’s Festival and received some brilliant and creative entries. Eva and Ellie, who…more

  • 2015 Short Story Competition Results

    1st Bernadette Hughes A Different Place 2nd Clare Fisher Whoever You Are, You Are Not Juliet 3rd Sally Jubb Between the Trees Highly Commended Linda Fulton A Pram Fit for Purpose Frances Gapper In Need Of Melanie Whipman Each Side of the Water Virginia Ledlowe Undine Patricia Duncker’s Judgement: What…more