• 2020 Walter Swan Poetry Prize Results

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize Judge Professor John Whale’s Feedback It was as ever a great privilege to be able to read poems submitted to a competition, as a judge you are always humble by the entries, and on this occasion the general standard of entries was really high. What I was looking at was a…more

  • Autumn 2020 Digital Weekend Programme Announced

    Ilkley Literature Festival has announced the programme of its first ever digital events weekend. Fifteen events, produced exclusively by the festival, will be broadcast free online from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit live events like the annual literature festival very hard….more

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    Download the 2020 Programme

    We are delighted to bring you Ilkley Literature Festival’s Autumn 2020 digital programme. Download the 2020 programme

  • Ilkley Literature Festival Announces Autumn 2020 Plans

    In any other year, August is an extremely busy time in the Ilkley Literature Festival office. The team would be eagerly awaiting delivery of the festival programme, frantically uploading 150+ events into the box office system ready for tickets to go on sale, and putting the finishing touches on plans to deliver audiences a jam-packed fortnight of talks, performances and workshops in October.    But like so many other festivals (and well, everything the world over), this…more

  • The 2020 Writing Competitions are Open

    Ilkley Literature Festival are pleased to announce that our annual writing competitions are now open for entries.  Young People’s and Children’s Poetry Competitions  These are free-to-enter competitions for schools and individual children.  Young People’s Poetry Competition Age Categories  Years 7, 8 and 9  Years 10 and 11  Years 12 and 13  To enter and for full terms and…more

  • Thank You for Attending ILF19

    From star of stage and screen David Suchet captivating audiences with his stunning photography to Ben Aitken’s hilarious tales of his adventures in Poland, ILF19 was a whirlwind of fantastic events. Lead by Poet in Residence Colette Bryce and Apprentice Poets in Residence Shash Trevett and Genevieve Carver, our programme…more

  • 2019 Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize Results

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize 1st. Border Patrol by Deborah Ballantyne 2nd. What Are You, Puffin by Rob Miles 3rd. honey suckle by Jo Peters   Judge Colette Bryce’s Feedback It was a pleasure to read the shortlisted entries for the Walter Swann Poetry Prize. Amongst the range of subjects, several…more

  • 2019 Short Story Competition Results

    In total we received over 200 entries for this year’s short story competition. Many entries drew on important social issues such as dementia care or mental health, while others were packed with twists, turns and suprising final reveals. The competition has been judged by Lucy Caldwell, herself recently shortlisted for…more

  • 2019 Poetry and Short Story Competition Short Lists

    Walter Swan Poetry Prize Shortlist 2019 Now in its fourth year, the Walter Swan Poetry Prize is open to all writers of poetry aged 18 and over. This year, for the first time, we have introduced a new prize category for young writers aged 18-25, which runs along the main…more

  • Young People’s Poetry Competition

    Our Young People’s poetry competition is open for entries and this year, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings we are asking for poems on the theme of Discovery. This can be any kind of discovery, not just scientific – it could be a personal discovery of a…more