ILKLEY Literature Festival has successfully retains its Arts Council England funding.

Director Erica Morris, said Ilkley Literature Festival was delighted the Arts Council England would continue to invest in festival as one of their National Portfolio Organisations from 2023 to 2026.

She added: “This funding will enable us to deliver our plans to evolve the Ilkley Literature Festival into a literature development agency that will help new writers in Yorkshire, commission new work and support creative writing activities for young people.

"We thank the Arts Council for their continued support and look forward to working with them and our other partners to celebrate the Ilkley Literature Festival’s 50th birthday in 2023 and our place in Bradford’s City of Culture in 2025.”