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  • Tickets on sale for Young People’s Workshops

    Tickets for the first of Ilkley Literature Festival’s creative workshops are available now! Moving Pictures Workshop 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…more

  • 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

  • Family Resources

    We know it may be hard to entertain and homeschool your children, so we have put together a list of fun and engaging resources that you can use!  We will continue to update this list as we learn of more resources. If you know any others that you think we should…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

  • Statement on ILF & COVID-19

    In light of the government’s new measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, we would like to remind our Friends that we are still able to offer our assistance to those being affected by the escalating pandemic. The government has stated that everybody should remain at home except when it is absolutely essential. We strongly…more

  • Special Event Announcement: Eddie Jones – Thursday 28 November

    We are delighted to announce that England Rugby coach Eddie Jones will be joining us for a special event on Thursday 28 November. Fresh from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Jones will be sharing stories of his life and career as told in his new autobiography, My Life and…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

  • Download the 2019 Programme

    We are delighted to bring you the 2019 Ilkley Literature Festival programme. From the Poet Laureate to emerging writers, from stars of stage and screen to leading academics and journalists, you’ll find lots to entertain, engage and inspire you. Headline names include David Suchet, Prue Leith, Alastair Campbell, Gyles Brandreth,…more