Season’s Greetings from Ilkley Literature Festival

2017 has been a busy and exciting year for Ilkley Literature Festival.

We ran a Spring Series of events at the Kings Hall with fascinating speakers including Sally Wainwright,
Our year-round programme of work for children and young people continued with Young Writers Groups in Ilkley and Bradford, Story Explorers reading and writing group for 8-11 year olds and a Young Writers Summer School,
Our poetry themed activites for families were part of Bradford Festival,
We ran writing competitions for both adults and children,
We welcomed three new team members,
We commissioned new work inspired by Jane Austen,
We hosted an exhibition of work by Ian Hamilton Finlay,
We engaged over 1300 pupils with author visits to schools,
We secured our Arts Council funding for the next four years,
AND we held over 250 events at the October Festival including a very special event with Alan Bennett!

Planning is already well under way to make 2018 even more memorable. Expect lots more literary events and activities throughout the year, including the the return of Words in the City in May at its new home in the centre of Leeds.

See you in 2018.

The Ilkley Literature Festival Team


Words in the City | Leeds: 11- 13 May 2018
Ilkley Literature Festival: 28 September – 14 October 2018
(Tickets on sale Tuesday 28 August)

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