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Festival Friends

Buy or renew your Friends membership here.

We want to say a special thank you to the Friends of the Ilkley Literature Festival, without whom we would not be able to develop and produce so much of the work we do. Throughout the past year, your ongoing support has been more important than ever, and we are so grateful for your generosity.

Membership starts from just £25 per year and entitles you to a range of benefits, including:
• A special priority booking period before tickets for the annual Ilkley Literature Festival go on sale
• Invitations to two Friends events during the year
• Friends exclusive newsletters throughout the year

Friends Priority Booking

Friends Priority Booking opens Wednesday 21 August 2024 and sales open to the general public Tuesday 27 August 2024.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Festival, you can purchase a membership:
Online: Purchase a friend membership here
By phone: 01943 816714
Email: boxoffice@ilkleylitfest.org.uk

Please note:
We have limited tickets for all our events. For a small number of headline events the demand for tickets can considerably exceed availability. It is our policy to ensure that some tickets will always be available for members of the general public. The percentage of tickets available to Friends during the Priority Booking Period is therefore limited and tickets to all events are subject to availability.

Ilkley Literature Festival is produce by Word Up North Limited, a registered charity (no. 501801), dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and understanding of books, reading, writing and the arts. 50% of our income comes from tickets and associated sales – we rely on grants, sponsorship and our Friends and donors for the rest. As a non-profit, our income goes towards organising the next festival and providing a range of outreach and education projects for children and young adults.