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Exhibition celebrates Ilkley Literature Festival
11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Local news
The Manor House Art Gallery and Museum is helping to celebrate 40 years of Ilkley Literature festival with a brand new exhibition.
Making Waves: 40 Years of Ilkley Literature Festival will offer a retrospective of the festival, featuring a rare edition of Ted Hughes’ ‘Cave Birds’ and previously unseen letters from leading writers and poets of the day.
There will also be historic newspaper cuttings, rare recordings, festival programmes and original photographs that will explore the festival’s four decades against world events, from the end of the Vietnam War to the spread of the internet and mobile phones.
The exhibition, which has been designed by artist Val Carman, will be held at Manor House between Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, December 1. It will be officially open at 1pm with a talk by Rachel Feldberg, the festival’s director, about the secrets, successes and personalities of 40 tumultuous years. Attendance is free but due to limited space it is necessary to reserve a place via email@example.com or (01943) 600066.
This will be followed with ‘Ilkley and the Festival’ – a walk through the festival’s history with local historian Alex Cockshott at 3pm. Tickets, £5, are available from ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk.
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s executive member responsible for culture, said: “This exhibition will be a wonderful way to reflect on the rich and varied programme of events that Ilkley Literature Festival has brought to the town over the last 40 years.”
Ilkley Literature Festival started in 1973 and has featured W H Auden, Maya Angelou, and the recent Stanza Stones project with Simon Armitage. This year’s event will be held from October 4-20 and will include over 220 events across 20 venues. For more information visit: ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk Manor House Art Gallery and Museum is located in Castle Yard, Ilkley.