Monday, 9 July 2018

Ilkley Literature Festival

With details of the first names announced for the Festival and a writing competition:

Announcing The First Names for ILF18

The first names for Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 have been revealed with the Poet Laureate, an England cricket hero and a Strictly star featuring among the headline names.

At her last visit to the Festival Susan Calman talked about her dream of appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and now returns to Ilkley as one of the stars of the 2017 series. Cricketer Moeen Ali comes to the town to talk about his life and career as one of England’s best all rounders. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will close the Festival with a joint reading with Festival Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker.

Queen of the ‘Aga Saga’ Joanna Trollope and legendary BBC correspondent John Simpson will be appearing the Festival which will feature over 200 events across Ilkley between 28 September and 14 October this year.

The Festival exhibition also returns, with work and letters from the Scottish poet WS Graham and the St Ives painters who inspired his work, generously shared by local collector Ronnie Duncan.

Festival Director, Rachel Feldberg said, ‘We are very excited to be able to release the first headline names for this year’s Festival. There will be many more big names to come over the next few months and we look forward to sharing the full programme with you later in the Summer.’

The full Ilkley Literature Festival programme will be revealed on Monday 13 August, with tickets going on general sale at 9am on Tuesday 28 August.

Tickets will be on sale to Festival Friends from Monday 20 August and you can become a Festival Friend today here.

ILF receives funding to work with pupils who are new to English

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to run a poetry and animation project with pupils who are new to English.
We’ll be working in Leeds and Bradford with Bishop Young Church of England Academy, The Cooperative Academy of Leeds, Appleton Academy and Dixon Kings Academy to deliver a series of sessions in creative writing and digital storytelling. Funded through an Explore and Test grant, the project aims to test new approaches using non-technical writing activities to increase confidence and engagement in EAL pupils. Each school will host a showcase event and CPD session in the Autumn, which we’ll share details of nearer the time!

Enter our Writing Competitions!

The 2018 Walter Swan Poetry Competition and the 2018 Short Story Competition are now open for entries to anyone aged over 18 writing on any subject.
The Walter Swan Poetry Competition is judged by Poet in Residence Imtiaz Dharker and the Short Story Competition is judged by Nikesh Shukla.
Shortlisted writers will have the chance to read their work at a special prize-giving event at Ilkley Literature Festival in October.
Closing date for entries: Wednesday 1 August 2018

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