Saturday, 6 February 2016

FREE Ilkley Literature Festival Bradford Young Writers Group starting 24 February 4.30-6pm term time

Ilkley Literature Festival's Bradford Young Writers Programme launches this month, with Michelle Scally-Clarke, author, playwright, performer, creative writing and performance facilitator and Becky Cherriman, writer, performer and creative writing facilitator.  The programme is free and an excellent resource for any young writer, full details below:


Join Bradford Young Writers Group

Ilkley Literature Festival, in association with Bradford Libraries, is launching a new writing group for young people in Bradford.

Building on the success of our Ilkley based group and Words in the City, Bradford Young Writers will meet weekly on Wednesdays 4.30 – 6pm during term time at Bradford City Library, starting on 24 February. The group will give young people aged 12 – 18, who love writing, the opportunity to develop their skills and meet other teenagers who share their interest. Sessions are free and snacks will be provided.
The 90 minute sessions will include writing exercises, games and plenty of fun to help inspire teenagers, whether they want to write poetry, short stories, novels or even songs and no prior experience is needed.

Bradford Young Writers will be led by Michelle Scally-Clarke, author, playwright, performer, creative writing and performance facilitator and Becky Cherriman writer, performer and creative writing facilitator, who have led the Festival’s popular Ilkley Young Writers group since 2009.

Wednesday evenings in term time
from 4.30 - 6pm
starting Wednesday 24 February 2016
FREE with snacks
Bradford City Library
City Park, Bradford, BD1 1SP
5 mins from Bradford Interchange bus and train station

Any queries or to let us know you are coming- phone: 01943 601210

Support Our Work in Schools

Working with Young People in schools as well as at our writing groups in Ilkley and Bradford is a very important part of what we do and we deliver an extensive programme of workshops, author visits and events across Bradford and Leeds throughout the year, not just in October.

Ilkley Literature Festival is a charity and a one off or monthly donatation would help us extend our work with young people, kick start a new children's writing group and encourage the next generation of writers.

Our most recent project was aimed at engaging pupils with Shakespeare in a new way and saw pupils at Allerton High in Leeds, Dixon King's Academy in Bradford and Ilkley Grammar performing Shakespeare themed flashmobs around their schools with the help of Chicken Shop Shakespeare. You can read more about this project, including some of the poetry written by students here.

As well as the launch of Bradford Young Writers Group, over the next few months we will be working on another student led event for primary school pupils and taking authors and poets in to schools to deliver workshops for students of all ages.

If you would like to help support our development work, you can donate here.
We are grateful for all the donations we receive and they make a real difference to the work we do and the lives of young people in the region.


The SI Leeds Literary Prize is Open for Entries

SI Leeds Literary Prize is a biennial prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women resident in the UK aged 18 years and over.

Past winners include Minoli Salgardo (2012) and Kit de Waal (2014 Reader's Choice Winner)

The prize is open for entries until 30 April 2016 and the winner will be announced at Ilkley Literature Festival 2016. 

More information.


The Writing Squad are Recruiting

Every two years 30 talented young writers, aged 16 - 21 join The Writing Squad and recruitment is now open for 2016.

Squad members work with tutors, professional writers and squad grads to improve and develop their writing skills.

The Writing Squad is designed to fit around your life so if you’re aged 16-21 years old, and you’re from, or live, work or study in the North of England – apply now.

More information.


Grand Literary Quiz

The Grove Bookshop is hosting a literary quiz night as a fundraiser for Reading Matters, a Bradford based charity supporting young people with reading.

The quiz takes place on Thursday 25 February from 7pm and is being held at Friends of Ham in Ilkley.

Test your knowledge on all things bookish while helping young people to reach their potential.

There will be prizes too!

Tickets £5

Email for more information.
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