Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Ilkley Literature Festival Spring Series featuring Sally Wainwright

Having just purchased my ticket for the Sally Wainwright event, I thought my followers would like details of the Ilkley Literature Festival Spring Series of events, plus a chance to win a mini break with their new short story and poetry competition:

ILF Spring Series Featuring Sally Wainwright!

'Snow' from In Memory of Water by Simon Armitage, comiissioned for the Stanza Stones Poetry Trail in December 2011. Image: Snow Stone at Pule Hill, Stanza Stones Poetry Trail carved by Pip Hall. Photo: (c) Pip Hall.

If you can't wait until October to get your Festival fix, you won't want to miss out on tickets for our Spring Series, featuring three events designed to inspire, provoke and engage.

The Spring Series starts on Wednesday 19 April with BAFTA winning writer and director Sally Wainwright, followed by former Conservative Party Chair Baroness Warsi on Thursday 20 April and concludes with former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman on Tuesday 9 May.

The Brontë Parsonage Museum and Ilkley Literature Festival Present: An Evening with Sally Wainwright and Ann Dinsdale

A special evening with BAFTA winning writer and director Sally Wainwright as she discusses her fascination with the Brontë family and acclaimed TV drama, To Walk Invisible, with Principle Curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Ann Dinsdale.
Wednesday 19 April, 7.30pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley, LS29 8HB, £14/12

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi: The Enemy Within

Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister discusses her new book, The Enemy Within, which explores British attitudes and policy towards Islam and unpicks the challenges for British Muslims with brutal honesty, offering solutions to the big issues of our time with much-needed clarity and humour.
Thursday 20 April, 7.30pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley, LS29 8HB, £12/10

Harriet Harman: A Woman’s Work

The former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party talks frankly about everything from campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament and tackling a parliamentary culture which made no allowance for family life.
Tuesday 9 May, 7.30pm, Kings Hall, Ilkley, LS29 8HB, £12/10

Tickets available from 10am on Wednesday 1 March at:


McCarthy and Stone Sponsor Ilkley Literature Festival!

We are delighted to announce that McCarthy and Stone are joining us as a headline sponsor!

McCarthy and Stone are the UK’s leading builders of retirement properties and are committed not just to providing luxury flats and assisted living facilities for the over 55’s but to being a real part of the communities around their developments. And with their new retirement apartments in Ilkley set to be named after much loved authors we know they share our passion for literature!

Win a Mini Break With Our New Short Story and Poetry Competition!

To celebrate our partnership, McCarthy and Stone are launching a new writing competition with the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Using the theme ‘View From The Window’, the competition is open to anyone over 18 from the Yorkshire Region. Entries should be no more than 500 words or 20 lines of poetry and the closing date is 27 March.

First prize is dinner for two and an overnight stay at the luxurious Devonshire Arms hotel. Runner-up prizes include afternoon tea at Bettys and tickets to the opening night of the 2017 Festival. The winners will be announced at an Evening with Sally Wainwright and Ann Dinsdale on Wednesday 19 April.

Entries should be emailed to, with the subject header, ‘View from the Window Ilkley’. For full terms and conditions visit:

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Adapted from the work by Ted Hughes
The life of a Yorkshire village is shattered when elemental spirits replace the parish priest with his double. Alternative realities collide as this changeling interprets the gospel of love in his own alarming fashion. What goes on at the WI meetings?

7.30pm, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 March, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen's Square, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP, £16 - 10.
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Photo credits:
Sally Wainwright and Ann Dinsdale c. Michael Prince
Sally Wainwright c. BAFTA/ Richard Kendall
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