Saturday, 12 March 2016

Ilkley Literature Festival, Andrew McMillan 2016 Poet in Residence and apply for the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe

Here is the latest Ilkley Literature Festival newsletter, including details of how to apply for the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe, deadline 13 May:


Andrew McMillan is our 2016 Poet in Residence

We are delighted to announce that Andrew McMillan will be returning to Ilkley Literature Festival as our 2016 Poet in Residence.

Andrew, who was Apprentice Poet in Residence in 2010, recently became the first poet to win the Guardian First Book Award for his collection, Physical which was also shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize. As Poet in Residence he will be reading at the Festival, running workshops, creating new work and curating a strand of events.

Rachel Feldberg, Festival Director said “Our Poet in Residence and Apprentice Poet in Residence programmes are designed to give poets and emerging writers the opportunity to showcase their work and develop their skills. It is a real pleasure to be able to invite one of our Apprentices back to the Festival at such an important point in his career. We’ve been watching Andrew's progress over the last few years with great pleasure  and we are really excited about bringing his voice and talent to the 2016 Festival."

Andrew McMillan said “When I first ever started out as a poet, Ilkley Literature Festival invited me to be their Apprentice Poet in Residence; it’s a joy to be returning this year, not only as Poet in Residence but also with the scope to curate a strand of the festival”

Applications for the Apprentice Poet in Residence position will open in April.

Appy to the Fringe

We are now taking applications for the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe.
Groups or individuals from, or with strong links to, the Yorkshire Region are invited to submit an application to present a Fringe Event at the Festival in 2016. Writers, poets and live literature performers of all kinds including playwrights, singer songwriters and comedians writing their own material, can submit suggestions for a performance or presentation at the 2016 llkley Literature Festival Fringe which runs from 30 September – 16 October 2016.
Please note: the Festival Fringe is intended for non-professional writers and others who don’t set out to make a living from their writing work. Professional writers are welcome to make submissions if they would like to, but they should be aware that there are no fees for Fringe appearances.
Closing date: 13 May 2016
Click here to apply.

Storytelling Evening

Tadhg from Ilkley Young Writers is hosting a Storytelling Evening on Friday 11 March at Coopers in Guiseley to raise funds for his scout expedition to Morocco.

Come along and share a story, poem or even a joke.

Tickets costs £5/3 (£12 for families) and profits will go to helping raise the money needed to fund the trip, which includes helping at a community project.

More information.

Great Expectations at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Dark secrets, social ambition and love in a new adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Fri 4 March – Sat 2 April.

A terrifying chance encounter propels young orphan Pip from the life of a humble blacksmith’s apprentice to that of a wealthy gentleman. Featuring British actress Jane Asher as Miss Havisham.

More information.


Otley Courthouse Words Festival

Courthouse Words, taking pace at Otley Courthouse this weekend features a range of events including Children’s Book Night, performances by local poets and a Walk with Words.

There is also lots of workshops, including Writers’ Surgeries with James Nash, Writing for Popular Television with Alison Pennells and Matthew Cooper and Building a Character with Dr. Adam Strickson.

More information.


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