Saturday, 21 March 2015

Ilkley Literature Festival 2015

The Ilkely Literature Festival have some events coming up in March, April, May and June, full details below:


Save the Date: David Starkey and Words in the City

Put the dates in the diary now! After our successful campaign to keep funding from Bradford MDC we are looking forward to a busy spring with some excellent events planned.

We are very excited about the return of Words in the City which sees us mix poetry with sensational food for the weekend at the World Curry Festival. As well as the many fun family events we have planned we will also be welcoming two of our most distinguished and diverse poets, Tony Harrison and John Hegley. David Starkey was one of most popular events at the 2014 Festival and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back to Ilkley and to learning more about the Magna Carta in this anniversary year.

Box Office Opens: 9am on Monday 20 April at

David Starkey
Thursday 14 May, Kings Hall Ilkley

Following his sell out appearance at the 2014 Festival, David Starkey returns to Ilkley to discuss his latest book, Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter that Changed the World, which explores the history, impact and global influence of the Magna Carta, 800 years on.

Tickets available from 20 April.

Words in the City

Sat 6 - Sun 7 June, City Park Bradford

Tony Harrison and John Hegley will headline this year's Words in the City Festival, taking place at the World Curry Festival, along with a host of poetry themed events for the whole family.

The full line-up will be announced on 20 April.

From Outside the Frame

Our Creative Case North project, 'From Outside the Frame', has come to an end but it has already spawned lots of exciting possibilities. The project, saw Festival Director Rachel Feldberg working with poet Rommi Smith, musician Kenny Higgins and Leeds Art Gallery curator Nigel Walsh to explore ideas relating to the Creative Case for Diversity – a re-imagining of the Arts Council’s approach to diversity and equality.

You can catch up on what it involved by reading Rachel's blogs here.

Writing with a Northern Voice at Otley Courthouse

Writing with a Northern Voice features three acclaimed writers, John Godber, Helen Cross and Peter Sansom as they read from their work and talk about their relationships with the North and how it has shaped their work and careers, as part of the Northern Accent project.

Saturday 21 March

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Hidden Diamond Events at the Leeds Library

There is still time to explore the many facets of the Leeds Library Collection with a selection of  Hidden Diamond events taking place this weekend on the theme of the diamond in literature including a Family Fun Day.

Until 22 March
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Barca Bards with the Festival's Young Writers

Ilkley Young Writers will be showcasing their work at their own Open Mic night next month.

Don't miss this chance to hear these talented writers perform their poetry and prose at Barca in Ilkley.

Monday 13 April

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