ILKLEY Literature Festival has released resources to offer support during the third national lockdown, including educational packs for children and tickets for a wellness writing course for adults.

Story Explorer packs are digitised activity booklets for primary school children aged seven to 12. These packs are designed to be reading accompaniments and can be used to help children work through and get the most out of an exciting book for their age group.

They are ideal for parents and carers navigating home teaching for the first time, or teachers and librarians looking for material to use in their classrooms, whether that’s at home, in school or online.

The first pack is available now and explores The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, a classic children’s fantasy novel.

The packs are free and are available to download at:

Bursary packs are available for those in the Yorkshire region who do not have access to a copy of the book, and a computer, a tablet or a printer. They include a copy of the book and printed copies of all activities and instructions. To request a bursary pack, please email or call 01943 601210.

A Wellness Writing Course, beginning on Tuesday, February 16 for six weeks, takes place via Zoom at 7pm, (£90/£60 concession per person for the full course).

Writer and poet Andy Craven-Griffiths is returning to deliver the second round of his popular Wellness Writing course. Whether you are a seasoned poet or a complete beginner, this six-week course is

designed for writers of all levels of experience. In each workshop, participants will use a wellness practice and focus on a creative writing skill, gradually moving towards a complete piece of writing.

To book, visit or call 01943 816714.

Ilkley Literature Festival is offering limited free places to people who find the cost a barrier to attend. If you are interested, please email with a couple of lines telling them why a free place would be of benefit for you.

Ilkley Literature Festival is the longest-standing literature festival in the North. The Festival is held over 17 days at the start of October and attracts an audience of 24,000 people. Each year, over 180 events take place.

Activities are no longer confined to October, with projects and outreach events taking place across the year, such as schools visits, children’s and young people’s creative writing groups and initiatives to widen access and inclusivity. The Festival aims to bring literature and poetry of national significance to the widest possible audience and to showcase new work by emerging and mid-career writers.

The Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Bradford Council.