Apply for an Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 Micro-Commission

Through our micro-commissions we want to fund projects that explore new ways of creating or promoting poetry, fiction, non-fiction or spoken word in the Northern region. Your idea can be all about the word, or it can combine it with another art form/discipline.

Our micro-commissions aim to:

  • enable and support writers and artists based in the Northern region to collaborate, try something new, show new work which uses poetry/spoken word/creative writing in new and/or unusual spaces and develops their audiences.
  • enable writers to collaborate with other artists- dancers, musicians, film makers, visual artists, actors, DJs etc.
  • grow new audiences and increase access for people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Previous commissions have included Poetography films by Kirsty Taylor and Amy Charles, a pop up Mushaira with poetry and music in a terrace house in Bradford, a piece exploring a Caribbean wake and a dance and spoken word event.

We are offering 2 microcommissions of up to £500. One is specifically for a project related in some way to Windrush and its resonances (this is one of the key strands of this year’s Festival). The other is completely open.

Download the Application Form

Key Dates
Deadline for applications: 25 May
Successful applicants informed: 1 June
Marketing deadline for copy and images: 18 June
Festival Dates: 28 September – 14 October