Events for Young People

Ilkley Literature Festival offers a range of exciting events for young people aged 12 to 18. Whether it’s the chance to meet your favourite author, become a journalist for the day, or take part in creative writing workshops, our events for young people are sure to inspire.


Moving Pictures Workshop

Becky Cherriman ⓒ Kev Howard

Mon 10 Aug – 6-7:45pm – £10* – Age 12-18

Join writer Becky Cherriman for a Zoom workshop, where you will delve into the world of writing and art. Make artworks come to life and write pieces that move the reader.

Becky works with writers of all ages and teaches creative writing at the University of Leeds. She believes that writing and the spoken word help us to make sense of the world and our place in it and can provide us with the tools to transform our lives.  Her work has been named in prizes such as the Women’s Poetry Competition 2019 and the Forward Prize 2017 and much published including in her poetry pamphlet Echolocation and collection Empires of Clay. She also writes fiction and for theatre. She led the Ilkley and Bradford Young Writers with Michelle Scally Clarke between 2011 and 2019 www.beckycherriman.com.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please click here to book a ticket!

Please be aware this session will include a 15min break where suitable and that we take safeguarding seriously; workshops are hosted by DBS checked staff and controls are in place to protect participants and maintain a safe space. If you would like to discuss any concerns with us, please send an email to boxoffice@ilkleylitfest.org.uk and a member of the team will get back to you.

[*There are Limited Subsided places at £5.00 for those who would otherwise struggle to attend, please email 
boxoffice@ilkleylitfest.org.uk if you believe you are eligible to book one of these tickets.] 

The Write Future Workshop

Photos ⓒ Fergus Riorda

Mon 24 Aug – 6–7:45pm – £10* – Age 12-18

Covid-19 and the climate emergency are forcing us to imagine new ways of being in the world. Join writer Becky Cherriman for this empowering Zoom workshop. Let’s rip up the rulebook and start again by creating fantastical and realistic future settings for our future selves and by using creativity to discover how we can all be forces for change.

Becky works with writers of all ages and teaches creative writing at the University of Leeds. She believes that writing and the spoken word help us to make sense of the world and our place in it and can provide us with the tools to transform our lives.  Her work has been named in prizes such as the Women’s Poetry Competition 2019 and the Forward Prize 2017 and much published including in her poetry pamphlet Echolocation and collection Empires of Clay. She also writes fiction and for theatre. She led the Ilkley and Bradford Young Writers with Michelle Scally Clarke between 2011 and 2019 www.beckycherriman.com.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please click here to book a ticket!

Please be aware this session will include a 15min break where suitable and that we take safeguarding seriously; workshops are hosted by DBS checked staff and controls are in place to protect participants and maintain a safe space. If you would like to discuss any concerns with us, please send an email to boxoffice@ilkleylitfest.org.uk and a member of the team will get back to you.

[*There are Limited Subsided places at £5.00 for those who would otherwise struggle to attend, please email 
boxoffice@ilkleylitfest.org.uk if you believe you are eligible to book one of these tickets.] 


Poetry and Animation Workshops

Join artist Alison Smith for a series of three free online workshops exploring poetry and animation. First, you’ll learn some creative writing techniques with poet and playwright Andy Craven Griffiths, then find out how to turn your poems into videos using stop motion animation and illustration with Alison.

Session 1: Poetry techniques with Andy Craven Griffiths

Alison Smith

Wednesday 12th August, 3pm, available on our YouTube channel.

Session 2: Storyboarding, animation and illustration with Alison Smith

Wednesday 19th August, 3pm, available on our YouTube channel.

Session 3: Recording voice overs and editing with Alison Smith

Wednesday 26 August, 3pm, available on our YouTube channel.

These workshops will be available for free on our YouTube channel.

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