Ilkley Young Writers

Young Writers will be continuing digitally for the time being! If you are interested in joining, please email For current members, you will receive an email with instructions of how to join in digitally this term.

Ilkley Literature Festival runs a group for young writers in Year 8 to Year 13, on Mondays. Pre-pandemic, the group would meet in Ilkley for in-person sessions. However for the last two terms, sessions have been moved online. This has created opportunities for young writers who might not otherwise be able to get to Ilkley to join.

This Summer Term sessions will run from 6.00pm to 7.30pm and cost £30 per term. You’ll be expected to attend all sessions in the term (unless of course you are ill) and there will be a mixture of lots of fun writing activities including short story writing, script writing, writing poetry and learning how to read and perform your work.

Run by Ilkley Literature Festival, the group is led by Michelle Scalley Clarke, author, playwright, performer, creative writing and performance facilitator and Sai Murray, writer, poet, performance and graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage.

In addition to the sessions, the Young Writers also host their own Open Mic nights to perform and share their work and regularly appear at Ilkley Literature Festival. They’ve taken part in the Leeds poetry slam at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, been on a residential with the Brontë Parsonage, had their work published, appeared on BBC Radio 4 and East Leeds FM;  reviewed events and interviewed authors, including the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and members of the group have been picked for the Writing Squad, been commended in the Foyle Young Poets competition and won the Young Historical Novelists Award. And in their spare time some members of the group have gone inter railing around Europe together!

Our term dates for Summer 2021 are:

  1. Mon 26th April 2021
  2. Mon 10th May 2021
  3. Mon 24th May 2021
  4. Mon 7th June 2021
  5. Mon 21st June 2021
  6. Mon 5th July 2021


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