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  • Alchemy and Ilkley Literature Festival Present: The Language of Saris

    Tuesday 17 November 2015, 6pm, Round Foundry Media Centre Suffusing a grey November evening with gorgeous colours, textures and motifs, this salon event has been inspired by the varied sari traditions of India. Indian textiles have been traded across the world for over 2,000 years.The astonishing diversity of design vocabularies…more

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    Cancelled Events: Les Murray

    Due to illness Les Murray’s reading and masterclass have been cancelled. Les is sorry for any disappointment. The Box Office will contact ticket holders to arrange refunds.    

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    Cancelled Event: Alison Weir

    Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s event with Alison Weir has been cancelled. The Box Office will contact ticket holders to arrange refunds. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • Gourmet Food and Premium Indian Lager Tasting Evening at Aagrah

    The popular Gourmet Food Evening returns to Aagrah with another delicious menu of dishes, accompanied this year by a Premium Indian Lager. Hosted by Managing Director and Executive Chef of the Aagrah Group, Mohammed Aslam MBE, this evening will also feature a beer expert on hand to explain how Lal…more

  • Programme Updates

    Due to unforeseen circumstances we ocasionally have to make small changes to the programme or sadly cancel events. Details of any such changes to the 2015 programme will be listed here. Cancelled Event: Event 233. One Night of Love Friday 2 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse. The Box office will contact…more

  • Jenny Eclair joins the Festival line up!

    New Festival Event: Jenny Eclair: Moving 12.30pm, Sunday 11 October, Kings Hall, £12/10 We have just confirmed this new headline event! Jenny Eclair is an extremely popular broadcaster, comedian, actor and writer. She is one of only two female winners of the Perrier Award, and often features on BBC radio…more

  • Ilkley Literature Festival 2015 Programme Revealed

    We are delighted to announce the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival programme. Our headline speakers for 2015 include Simon Schama, Brian Blessed, Caroline Lucas, Peter and Dan Snow, Frances Quinn and Howard Middleton from the Bake Off, Jay Rayner, Simon Armitage, Vince Cable, Robert Winston and Caroline Criado-Perez. We’ll be welcoming…more

  • Apply for the Words in the City Poetry Slam!

    Do you want to be part of the 2016 Words in the City Slam? Do you have 2 poems no longer than 3 minutes each? Are you free to perform at Waterstones on Sat 9 July? Are you used to reading/performing your work to an audience?* Are you 18 or…more

  • Words in the City Micro-Commissions – Apply Now!

    Do you have a great idea for a new creative event, art project or performance based on poetry or spoken word? Do you need a small amount of financial support to realise your idea? Are you based in Bradford or have a strong connection to the city? We’re offering 3…more

  • Words in the City 2016

    A world record holding beatboxer, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, a Multilingual Mushiara, a Poetry Slam and Shakeapeare performed like you’ve never seen before…there is something for everyone at Words in the City! This year, Words in the City is part of Bradford Festival and will bring together local and national…more

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