Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

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It might be more famous for its moorland and local ales, but this pretty Yorkshire town also has a rather exciting literary festival – one that’s been going for over 40 years.

Top authors, talkers and decision-makers regularly feature on the programme, with past appearances including Jeremy Paxman, Shirley Williams and William Dalrymple to name just a few. Whether you’re a serious bookworm or a casual reader there’s something to capture anyone’s imagination – a wealth of children’s events too.

And if you think that you’ve got a novel up your sleeve why not have a go at the first chapter at one of the many writing workshops on offer?

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SShappi Khorsandi performing a reading at Ilkley Literature Festival © Paul Floyd Blake
PPoetry Sphere at the Ilkley Literature Festival © Paul Floyd Blake
TTrish Cooke at the Ilkley Literature Festival © Paul Floyd Blake
IIlkley Literature Festival © Paul Floyd Blake
IIlkley Literature Festival © Paul Floyd Blake
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