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  • 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

  • Winners of the 2019 Children's Poetry Competition

    The 2020 Writing Competitions are Open

    Ilkley Literature Festival are pleased to announce that our annual writing competitions are now open for entries.  The Walter Swan Poetry Prize  Run in partnership with The Walter Swan Trust, the competition is for writers of poetry aged 18 and over. Now in its fifth year, the prize was established in memory of the…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

  • Other Events in and around Ilkley

    There’s lots happening in and around Ilkley in September and October. Don’t miss these fantastic events being run by our friends and partners. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday 24 September Poetry From Singapore School of English, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT 6.30pm FREE Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from one of…more