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  • 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

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    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

  • John Cunliffe 1933-2018

    We were very sad to hear that John Cunliffe, creator of Postman Pat, Rosie and Jim and many other much loved children’s characters passed away last week. John, who was a long time Ilkley resident, became Patron of our Children’s Festival when it started in 2003 and delighted children and…more

  • Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Joins the Ilkley Literature Festival Line Up

    We have added a new event to our join up – legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston soared to fame when he became the first person to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Now, 50 years on from that famous voyage, he comes to Ilkley to…more

  • 2018 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 2018 programme will be listed here. The Box Office team make every effort to contact ticket holders to inform them of event changes, so please…more

  • Ilkley Literature Festival 2018

    We are delighted to bring you the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival programme with speakers ranging from England cricket star Moeen Ali to Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. As ever we are welcoming exciting names in literary fiction including Kate Mosse, Fiona Mozley and Nikesh Shukla, while poets reading their work…more