Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ilkley Literature Festival 3-19 October 2014

There are still tickets left for the Ilkley Literature Festival 2014:


Ilkley Literature Festival 2014 Opens on Friday

There is a week to go until the 2014 Ilkley Literature Festival and preparations are in full swing, with tickets being printed, banners going up around the town and stewards sashes being ironed.

Tickets still available!

There are still tickets available for nearly 140 events at the Festival including:

Michael Morpurgo (last few!), Lauren Child, Michael Rosen, Diane Abbott, Geoffrey Boycott, Jodi Picoult, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Andy Kershaw, Austin Mitchell and Andrew Motion.

The Box Office is open Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm and Sat 10am - 1pm on 01943 816 714.
Phone bookings can be made throughout the Festival.

You can book online at
Online sales for each event will stop 24 hours before they start (48 hours at weekends).

Unsold tickets and returns will be available on the door at events.
The Box Office opens 60 minutes before an event.


Festival Opening- Andrew Motion: The New World

The Festival's fifth decade is opened on Friday 3 October by the former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion.
The poet, novelist and biographer explores the synergy between poetry and prose.
Friday 3 October, 7.30pm, Kings Hall, £12/10

Book online now


Late additions to the Festival programme

Lorna Goodison and Kei Miller
Forward Prize nominated Kei Miller joins Caribbean poet Lorna Goodison for this not to be missed event.
Friday 10 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse £5/3

Deborah Frances-White
Discover the fascinating journey comedian Deborah France-White took tracking down her birth parents.
Saturday 11 October, 7.30, Ilkley Playhouse, £6/4

Nick Davies
The Journalist who uncovered the phone hacking scandal discusses his new book Hack Attack.
Sunday 18 October, 2pm, Kings Hall, £7/5


Keep up to date with all the Festival news and behind the scenes gossip

Follow us onTwitter (@ilkleylitfest), like us on Facebook (Ilkley Literature Festival) and use #ILF14 to share your Festival experiences and pictures!

Plus, The Pickled Egg is the official Festival blog and packed with reviews and interviews.


Festival Highlights:

Festival Trustee and blogger at The Pickled Egg Andrea Hardaker share her Festival picks.

A Dog's Life Michael Holroyd
I enjoy books about family relationships - especially dysfunctional ones! Holroyd seems like a real character and I am interested in his work both as a biographer and author.
Sunday 5 October, 4pm, Craiglands Hotel, £8/6

Behind the Lines Gabriel Woolf and Rosalind Shanks
I am fascinated to hear Gabriel Woolf and Rosalind Shanks (two of the best known voices on BBC radio) reading from the work of Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and Edward Thomas.
Saturday 11 October, 7.30pm, Otley Courthouse, £10

Kirsty Wark The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle
As a fellow Scot and journalist I am a great admirer of Kirsty Wark. Her latest fictional work tells the story of a lonely island woman. Having lived in some remote areas of Scotland I can identify with this community. I also won't be able to resist a sneaky question about the Referendum!
Sunday 12 October, 1.30pm, Kings Hall, £12/10

David Almond: The Tightrope Walkers
Ilkley writer/reviewer JY Saville sent me a review of this book for the Pickled Egg and I found myself desperate to read it and see David's event on the strength of her review.
Wenesday 15 October, 8pm, Ilkley Playhouse, £6/3

Nick Davies: Hack Attack
Having freelanced as a journalist for tabloids in the past (pre phone hacking!) I am fascinated by Nick's talk. The Festival has a habit of booking speakers at just the right time... Davies' book has also been snapped up by Hollywood A-lister George Cloony.
Sunday 18 October, 2pm, Kings Hall, £7/5

Book online at
Box Office: 01943 816 714 (10am - 4pm Mon - Fri, 10am - 1pm Sat)

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