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Festival Friends

Buy or renew your Friends membership here.

We want to say a special thank you to the Friends of the Ilkley Literature Festival, without whom we would not be able to develop and produce so much of the work we do. Throughout the past year, your ongoing support has been more important than ever, and we are so grateful for your generosity.

Membership starts from just £25 per year and entitles you to a range of benefits, including:
• A special priority booking period before tickets for the October Festival go on sale
• Invitations to two Friends events during the year
• Friends exclusive newsletters throughout the year

Friends Priority Booking

Friends Priority Booking opens Tuesday 24 August and sales open to the general public Tuesday 31 August.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Festival, you can purchase a membership:
Online: Purchase a friend membership here
By phone: 01943 816714
Email: boxoffice@ilkleylitfest.org.uk

This Autumn, to show our appreciation for your support over the last two years, we are offering Friends free access to our pre-recorded Digital Weekend events.* If you want access to all the events in our Digital Weekend for free, become a Friend of the Festival. View the digital weekend events programme here.

*Tickets are free to pre-recorded events, but booking is required. Free access does not cover live-streamed events.

Please note:
We have limited tickets for all our events, with our largest venue holding only approximately 250 people in 2021. For a small number of headline events the demand for tickets can considerably exceed availability. It is our policy to ensure that some tickets will always be available for members of the general public. The percentage of tickets available to Friends during the Priority Booking Period is therefore limited and tickets to all events are subject to availability.

Ilkley Literature Festival is a Registered Charity, set up to promote the enjoyment and understanding of books, reading, writing and the arts for everyone. 50% of our income is from tickets and associated sales – we rely on grants, sponsorship and our Friends and donors for the rest. As a non-profit, our income goes towards organising the next festival and providing a range of outreach and education projects for children and young adults.

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