Ilkley Literature Festival 28 September - 14 October
With details of Competitions and more:
1 Week To Go Until Ilkley
Literature Festival 2018
Following our event last night with the amazing Nadiya Hussain we
are now counting down to the Festival getting underway properly
Countdown and The Apprentice star Nick
Hewer kicks off 17 days of events across Ilkley when he
opens the Festival on Friday 28 September- and from fiction and
poetry to history and science, we have events to suit you whatever
Tickets are now SOLD OUT for Alan Bennett, Susan Calman, Oz Clarke,
Lucy Mangan, Kate Mosse, Jane Glover, Michael Pennington and Salley
Vickers but tickets are still available for many events including: Horrible
Histories with Terry Deary (last few tickets!), Patrick
Gale (last few tickets!) Mark
Billingham and A.A. Dhand (last few tickets!), Bobby
Seagull on the magic of maths (last few tickets!), Aardman
Animation Workshops (last few tickets!)
Barry Cryer on J.B. Priestley,
Alan Johnson's musical memories,
Jack Monroe and Ruby Tandoh in conversation,
Geoffrey Roberston Q.C.
Paddy Ashdown on standing up to Hitler,
Radical children's books with Michael Rosen and Kim Reynolds
Speeches of Note with Shaun Usher
YA fiction from Melvin Burgess,
Owen Sheers on 70 years of the NHS
Bookshambles podcast with Robin Ince and Jeremy Dyson,
Poetry with Gillian Clarke and Finuala Dowling,
Improve your cooking with Rosemary Shrager.
Following tough deliberations, the judges of our cake decorating
competition picked their winners last night.
12 year old Alice Locker wowed judges from Bettys and Nigel Walsh,
Chair of the Festival Board, with the airbrushing and stencilling
skill on the cake - steam Punk Tin Man’s Heart from The Wizard of Oz
cake was award first prize.
Tizzy Burrows came in second place with a colourful The Very Hungry
Caterpillar cake featuring beautifully iced butterfly
wings and third place went to Francesca Beevers, whose hand piped
lettering on her Black
Beauty cake was praised for its neatness. A cake
inspired by The
Secret Garden featuring an apple tree and swing made by
Tara Riley-Smith was awarded fourth place.
Festival Director Rachel Feldberg said, ‘We were amazed by the
skill and talent on show with the cakes entered into the competition.
The judges had a really difficult time making their decision and
everyone who entered should feel very proud of themselves.’
The first event of #ILF18 takes
place on Thursday 20 September, when baking super star Nadiya
Hussain comes to the Kings Hall to tell us all about her
latest book - there are still a few tickets left so book now to
Whether you are coming to see Nadiya or not, you can enter our
Family Cake Decorating competition on Thursday night! The judges,
including cake decorating experts from Bettys, want to see your
most beautiful and creative cakes inspired by children's books.
Prizes include tickets to Festival events and a celebration cake
Competitions and Creepy
Crawlies... Poetry at #ILF18
Poet in ResidenceImtiaz Dharker and
Apprentice Poet in ResidenceIan Walkerhave planned a host of poetry
events, from readings with leading poets including Gillian Clarke
and Carol Ann Duffy to workshops inspired by something just a
on from Friday, we asked the rest of the team what they are looking
forward to most at #ILF18...
of Marketing: Unexplained Live with Richard Maclean-Smith
I am a sucker for an unsolved mystery, especially if there's a
paranormal twist so I have been binge-listening to the Unexplained
podcast on the way to work in anticipation of this event. I love
the way Maclean-Smith builds tension and atmosphere as he recounts
stories that combine the mundane with the truly sinister.
Michael Rosen and Kim Reynolds: Reading and
Kim Reynolds was one of my lectures at university and her knowledge
of children's literature is almost unparalleled, but Michael Rosen
can probably match her. Children's literature is often overlooked
as being simply entertainment but it has long been used as a
vehicle for the spread of radical political ideas and I am sure
that Kim and Michael will have some eye-opening facts about what's
been hidden in the pages of picture books.
Assistant Festival Director Stuart Cosgrove: Harlem 69
Former NME writer Stuart Cosgrove has been unfolding the story of
soul music in 1960s America one city at a time.If you have
ever thrilled to the records of Marvin, Otis, Aretha and hundreds
of others that created the driving rhythm which throbbed through
the immense social changes of the era, then you won’t want to miss
this deep dive into the evolution not just of soul music, but of
the soul of a nation.
Shaun Usher: Speeches of Note
Shaun Usher’s collection of fascinating historical correspondence, Letters of Note,
became something of a literary phenomenon with the Letters Live
performances it spawned. With his new book, Usher has turned his
attention towards the clarion call of the public speech. His
eclectic selection of moving, memorable, inspiring and sometimes
world-changing words runs from Socrates to Nick Cave, and from
Richard Nixon to Kermit the Frog!
Alison, Education and Outreach Officer Ghost
Boys - Muhammad Khan and Jewell Parker Rhodes
I am really looking forward to our event with Jewell Parker Rhodes,
a high profile American children's author, speaking with
emerging YA author Muhammad Khan about the challenges young people
face today, and how they address these in their work.
with Kevin Brooks
Wordsfest is always a great event as it's a whole afternoon of
workshops for young people, along with an author talk from the
fantastic Kevin Brooks. Definitely a top pick for teens who love
Programme Coordinator Ruby
Tandoh & Jack Monroe
This is a great pairing and I am really interested in how both
writers talk about food from a social and cultural perspective.
Would Boudicca Do?
As well as being an empowering and important book, this seems like
a really fun celebration of iconic women through the ages.
Shukla- Run Riot and The One Who Wrote Destiny
I am a big fan of Nikesh both as a writer and social commentator,
really looking forward to having him with us to showcase and share
both his YA and adult fiction this year. He will also be judging
our short story competition - so we are keeping him busy!