Final chapter of this year’s fantastic Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Gazette: Kirsty Walk

1:30pm Thursday 17th October 2013

Following two weeks of renowned writers, poets and performers, not to mention thousands of visitors, descending on Ilkley to celebrate their shared enthusiasm for the written word, this weekend is the final chapter in the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Duncan goes on journey of his life at Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Gazette: Duncan Bannatyne

5:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013

A TV ‘Dragon’ described his progress from his early life in Clydebank to his business success and celebrity status.

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne to talk at Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Gazette: Duncan Bannatyne

5:00pm Friday 20th September 2013

Accountants and business advisers Garbutt & Elliott are sponsoring one of the major events at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival.

Burley and Woodhead CE Primary School praised by inspectors

2:46pm Tuesday 9th July 2013

Burley and Woodhead CE Primary School has completed a busy summer term, with two school inspections taking place within a week of each other.

Otley manager cheated store of £19,000 with refunds ploy

8:37am Thursday 17th January 2013

A retail manager from Otley who stole more than £19,000 from a fashion shop chain by pocketing the money from false refunds.

Ilkley Rotarians put skills to good use on Nepal trek

Ilkley Gazette: The Ilkley contingent on the Nepal Trust trek – Gary Williams, Owen Higgs, Liz Williams, Andrew Broughton and Tim Moon

8:00am Tuesday 6th November 2012

A retired surgeon found himself supervising a helicopter evacuation while taking part in a trek to help people in a remote mountainous area of Nepal.

Best-selling author bring history alive for children in Ilkley

Ilkley Gazette: Michael Morpurgo with Emma Hope, from The Grammar School at Leeds

10:00am Sunday 28th October 2012

Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo entranced children in Ilkley with a moving presentation about a Christmas Day wartime truce.

Second bid to help protect Horsforth's Hunger Hill Woods

9:00am Saturday 27th October 2012

A second public meeting is to be held to help ensure land around Hunger Hills Woods in Horsforth will not be built on.

Funding blow for fell rescue group as Broughton Game Show is to end

9:00am Saturday 27th October 2012

An annual show that boosted the funds of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association is to end.

Protest goes on despite Menston village green rejection

11:27am Friday 26th October 2012

Campaigners trying to stop 170 homes being built in their village have vowed to fight on despite being dealt another huge blow.

Work aims to reduce power cuts in Otley homes

11:12am Friday 26th October 2012

Extra electricity upgrading work has begun in Otley to ensure the town’s Christmas lights don’t cause a blackout.

Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients

Ilkley Gazette: Gordon Sugden in conversation with one of his fellow Steeton Male Voice Choir members during the special concert at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where he is being treated after a tragic car accident left him paralysed

6:00am Tuesday 23rd October 2012

A choir was reunited with fellow member Gordon Sugden when it performed for him and other patients in an emotional Sheffield spinal unit concert.

Ilkley Literature Festival breaks all the records

Ilkley Gazette: Victoria Glendinning with Cathy Baxandall, of Ilkley Literature Festival

3:36pm Thursday 18th October 2012

Ilkley Literature Festival’s 2012 programme broke all records by attracting more than 25,000 visitors in total to its 200-plus events.

John Julius Norwich, King's Hall

3:48pm Thursday 18th October 2012

For the closing event at a literature festival, John Julius Norwich might seem an odd choice. Indeed, on Sunday, King’s Hall was only about two-thirds full. But, if you didn’t go, you missed a treat. Lord Norwich’s culture and erudition shone as he read a series of extracts from his latest work, The History of England in 100 Places. From Stonehenge (why did they build it so near the road, wonder the American tourists) to the Gherkin (aka Crystal Phallus), he pins on to English landmarks, reflections on history, politics, social change, architecture, military and agricultural developments and, yes, literature.

Sandi Toksvig, King's Hall

3:46pm Thursday 18th October 2012

King’s Hall was full to capacity for Sandi Toksvig. Her delivery is remarkable for its speed, concision, clarity and flashes of humour. She and interviewer James Nash covered a huge range of topics, from her Danish/English parentage, via her arrival in England at 16 to the careers of her three children and her latest novel, Valentine Grey. This is the story of a young woman chafing against the restrictions of Victorian society, who impersonates her unsoldierly cousin and goes to fight the Boer. As a woman, Toksvig is far more interested in the personal side of war than in its hardware, and this is a deeply personal story. And one to which we are promised a sequel; Valentine is so young at the end that her creator feels she has far more to say. Toksvig’s play, Bully Boys, currently running in London, also deals with war, from the mental health angle. Pointing out that physically uninjured veterans are far from undamaged (witness the 264 suicides among Falklands survivors – more than the 255 casualties), she pleads a powerful case for greater understanding. Asked which aspect of her work she would choose if she had to, Toksvig had to say broadcasting (Radio 4 alone is worth the BBC licence fee). Let’s hope she never has to choose!

Clare Balding, King's Hall

3:44pm Thursday 18th October 2012

Clare Balding received an enthusiastic welcome from a capacity crowd at King’s Hall on Friday evening. Already a well-known sports presenter for radio and television, it was undoubtedly her widely acclaimed coverage of this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics that drew the majority of people to this event. Beamed into sitting-rooms across the nation, it had made her a much-loved friend.

Richard Ford, Ilkley Playhouse

3:43pm Thursday 18th October 2012

Richard Ford, Ilkley Playhouse

Andrew Motion, Clarke Foley Centre

3:41pm Thursday 18th October 2012

Andrew Motion, Clarke Foley Centre

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, King's Hall

3:41pm Thursday 18th October 2012

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, King’s Hall

Dry stone walling workshop event

3:39pm Thursday 18th October 2012

A dry stone walling workshop has been added as a post-Ilkley Literature Festival event, organisers have revealed.

Ilkley Literature Festival breaks record

Ilkley Gazette: Jackie Kay, right, at her Ilkley Literature Festival masterclass at the Rombalds with Ruth Middleton from Ben Rhydding

10:05am Thursday 18th October 2012

Ilkley Literature Festival 2012 broke all records by attracting more than 25,000 visitors in total to its 200-plus events.

Bookworms urged not to miss out on festival high

Ilkley Gazette: Eight-year-old Julia Coyle at the Ilkley Literature Festival discussing ghosts with children’s author, Fiona Dunbar – Fiona’s spooky book, Raven Hearts, is set in Ilkley

4:59pm Friday 12th October 2012

Ilkley Literature Festival’s director is urging people not to miss out as the event draws to its conclusion this weekend.

Gale's storm in new novel

5:03pm Friday 12th October 2012

Patrick Gale, St Margaret’s Hall, Sunday

Top cyclist pulls no punches

5:02pm Friday 12th October 2012

Stephen Roche and Ned Boulting, King’s Hall, Sunday

Entertaining travel guide

5:01pm Friday 12th October 2012

Simon Armitage, King’s Hall, Saturday

Ilkley Literature Festival competition winner is thrilled by mini-library

Ilkley Gazette: Ilkley Literature Festival books competition winner, Hannah Powley, with her prize collection of top titles from featured authors

5:00pm Friday 12th October 2012

An avid reader has taken delivery of a ‘mini library’ of titles penned by some of the biggest names at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival.

Headline authors Oct 12 - 14

4:56pm Friday 12th October 2012


What's on where Oct 12 - Oct 14

4:54pm Friday 12th October 2012

Today, Friday, October 12

Bradford Council fears service cuts after £10m blow

12:00pm Tuesday 9th October 2012

Council leaders fear they will be forced to make cuts to frontline services if nothing can be done to reverse a £10m funding blow in next year’s budget.

Memoirs delve into the myth and music of iconic Manchester band Joy Division

Ilkley Gazette: Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook

3:12pm Friday 5th October 2012

The more the short, glorious life of Joy Division is weighed, the more incredible it seems that this mercurial and tight-knit group functioned so well for so long.

War Horse creator Michael Morpurgo tells of his poignant inspiration

Ilkley Gazette: Author Michael Morpurgo with one of Handspring Puppet Company's creations used in War Horse, which is coming to the Alhambra Theatre in the summer of 2014

2:50pm Friday 5th October 2012

Author talks of inspiration behind bestselling children's novel that went on to become a hit stage production and Hollywood blockbuster

What's on where at Ilkley Literature Festival 2012

2:03pm Friday 5th October 2012


Headline authors

1:58pm Friday 5th October 2012


Crime pays for leading light Jake Arnott

1:53pm Friday 5th October 2012

Crime really does pay when it comes to the hugely successful novels of leading genre exponent Jake Arnott.

Fascinating insight into the controversial Afghan conflict

1:52pm Friday 5th October 2012

Fascinating insights into the controversial conflict in Afghanistan formed the meaty subject matter tackled on the opening night of this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival.

‘Wonderful’ weekend opens Ilkley Literature Festival in style

Ilkley Gazette: Ilkley Literature Festival director, Rachel Feldberg, is delighted with the ‘fantastic’ start to this year’s programme of events

1:51pm Friday 5th October 2012

The 39th annual Ilkley Literature Festival got in full swing on Friday with the arrival of some good weather and crowds of book lovers.

Studios open their doors for Ilkley Art Trail

8:00am Thursday 4th October 2012

Ilkley Art Trail gets on the road on Saturday as artists open up their studios, homes and garages to show their work.

Monty Python star Michael Palin is on familiar territory in Ilkley

Ilkley Gazette: Michael Palin gave a talk to a full crowd at Ilkley’s King’s Hall as part of the town’s literature festival

11:01pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Monty Python stalwart turned travel writer Michael Palin gave a preview of his new book and four-part television series when he visited Ilkley Literature Festival tonight.

Prestigious event is a tremendous boost for town

2:00pm Friday 28th September 2012

For almost 40 years now, Ilkley Literature Festival has been putting the name of the town well and truly on the cultural map.

Festival to offer a treat for all the family

Ilkley Gazette: Clare Balding will host a Question of Sport at Langtree Park.

7:00am Thursday 27th September 2012

It’s back! And this time it will have something for all the family.

A schedule of events at Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Gazette: Lord Ashdown will be discussing the recession with a panel of political figures

8:00am Thursday 27th September 2012

A round-up of events happening across the week at Ilkley Literature Festival

Global teller of tales Jan Blake to visit Ilkley Literature Festival

7:00pm Thursday 27th September 2012

A storyteller of worldwide repute will be heading to Ilkley as part of this year’s festival. Jan Blake, who has links with African, Caribbean and English culture, will perform Tales of the Diaspora alongside William Pearce-Smith on the fiddle at the Manor House Museum on Friday, October 12.

Competition will unearth 'buried treasure'

2:00pm Thursday 27th September 2012

The winner of a competition to find the best unpublished fiction by black and Asian women will be decided next week.

Rugby legend Robbie Paul to talk about his life

Ilkley Gazette: THE FIRST PICTURE: A fresh-faced Robbie Paul after signing for Northern in 1994

9:00am Thursday 27th September 2012

A rugby league legend will be telling the story of his life in sport at the festival.

Changes are made to packed programme

Ilkley Gazette: Sir Andrew Motion during a visit to Devizes

8:00am Thursday 27th September 2012

Organisers of the Ilkley Literature Festival have announced some changes to the published programme.

Opening the book on the world of fashion

12:00pm Friday 21st September 2012

A touch of fashion will come to the Ilkley Literature Festival when Yorkshire-based expert Jayne Sheridan reveals some industry secrets. On October 1, Miss Sheridan will be sharing anecdotes and reading from her fashion media book Fashion Media Promotion: The New Black Magic, at the Wildman Theatre at Ilkley Playhouse at 9pm.

Stars to shine at this year's Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley Gazette: Festival director Rachel Feldberg says she is incredibly lucky to have inherited a festival that has a good reputation for authors and publishers.

1:51pm Thursday 20th September 2012

A journalist, radio presenter and poets all feature alongside authors as the top ten must-see events, according to the director of one of the country’s biggest literature festivals.

New venues for festival

2:02pm Thursday 20th September 2012

The organisers of the Ilkley Literature Festival have revealed some venue changes for this year’s event. Polly Toynbee will now be in the Kings Hall, at 4.30pm, on Sunday, October 14, while Penny Junor will now be at the Craiglands Hotel at the same time on the same day.

Comedian will do things the right way

1:55pm Thursday 20th September 2012

A writer, poet and comedian will be bringing his show to the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Masterclass tickets are on sale

Ilkley Gazette: Ilkley Literature Festival

1:54pm Thursday 20th September 2012

Tickets are still available for a series of writing masterclasses at the Ilkley Literature Festival.

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