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  • Children’s Poetry Competition

    Our children’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 new…more

  • Primary Schools Matinee with Robin Stevens

    Booking is now open for our annual Primary Schools Matinee event. Primary Schools Matinee with Robin Stevens Tuesday 1 October 2019, 1.30pm, The Kings Hall, Ilkley Robin Stevens is the author of Murder Most Unladylike series. Featuring detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, these hugely popular books are the…more

  • Snow Stone Repairs

    Thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated to our Snow Stone appeal in December we are very pleased to say that we raised enough money to complete the necessary repairs. Lettercarver Pip Hall completed the work (in both rain and shine) between 18 – 21 March and you can…more

  • Opportunities for Writers at ILF19

    We are inviting applications from new and emerging writers for a selection of opportunities at this year’s Festival. The popular Festival Fringe returns this year with a new look and format. Taking place over one weekend (5 – 6 October), the Fringe will be a smorgasbord of delights and surprises…more

  • Book Now for Salley Vickers and Rachel Reeves

    We hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2019. Planning for the main Festival and Words in the City is already well underway and we are delighted to announce our first events of 2019: Salley Vickers – The Librarian Salley Vickers returns to Ilkley with her latest subtle,…more

  • Rachel Feldberg to step down as artistic director of Ilkley Literature Festival

    After 16 amazing years as Artistic Director Rachel Feldberg will be moving on from Ilkley Literature Festival this December. Rachel joined the festival in 2002 and since then has grown the event to a thriving 17 day festival, welcoming leading authors, poets and writers from across the world to the…more

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  • New dates for Moeen Ali and Dan Snow

    We are pleased to announce new dates for two events that had to be postponed during the Festival. Cricketer Moeen Ali will be speaking about his career as one of England’s most popular All-Rounders at 8pm on Monday 3 December at the Grammar School at Leeds. Fresh from the Sir…more

  • c. Memory Potifa

    2018 Walter Swan Trust Poetry Competition

    1st Place: Virginia Griem – The Strung Jar 2nd Place: Pamela Scobie – Darren (Year 3) 3rd Place: Isobel Thrilling – The Place Highly Commended: Ion Corcos – Making Soup Michael Farry – Clothes-Lines Ian Royce Chamberlain – Round the Corner JUDGE’S COMMENTS: Imtiaz Dharker JUDGES’ OVERALL COMMENTS: IMTIAZ DHARKER…more

  • 2018 Short Story Competition Results

    1stPlace: Graeme Hall – And All Will Be Well 2nd Place: Sarah Wimbush – Crow 3rdPlace: Jean Davison – Water the Seeds JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Nikesh Shukla The short stories on the shortlist were concerned with matters of the heart, what was said and what wasn’t said, an exquisite amount of…more