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 include Imtiaz Dharker, Gillian Clarke and Andrew McMillan. We are welcoming back Jacqueline Wilson to headline our children’s festival along with Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary and there’s a feast of workshops and masterclasses with leading writers. With events on everything from Frankenstein to climate change, not to mention the Festival Fringe, there really is something for everyone!


Click here to download the 2018 Ilkley Literature Festival Programme

The Box Office opens on Tuesday 28 August at 10am. You can book online anytime at or by calling the Box Office on 01943 816714.

Festival Friends can book tickets from 10am on Monday 20 August. You can become a Festival Friend for just £25.

The Box Office opening hours are:

28 August only: 10am – 7pm

29 August – 28 September: 10am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10am – 7pm every Wednesday

29 Sep – 14 Oct: 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 12pm Saturday and Sunday

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival.