2015 Writing Competitions Are Now Open

IMG_4723We are delighted that announce that the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival writing competitions are now open for entries.

Poet and author of And When Did You Last See Your Father? Blake Morrison will be judging the Adult Poetry Competition, while novelist and Professor of Contemporary Literature at Manchester University Patricia Duncker will pick the winner in the Adult Short Story Competition.

Blake Morrison is a poet, author and journalist. His non-fiction books include And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1993), which won the J. R. Ackerley Prize and the Esquire/Volvo/Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Book Award, As If (1997), about the murder of the toddler James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993, and a memoir of his mother, Things My Mother Never Told Me (2002). His poetry includes the collections Dark Glasses (1984), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award.


Patricia Duncker is the author of Hallucinating Foucault (Dillons First Fiction Award and the McKitterick Prize), The Deadly Space Between, James Miranda Barry and Miss Webster and Chérif (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize). Two books of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana’s Lemon Trees (shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award) and Seven Tales of Sex and Death. And most recently, The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge (shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and Green Carnation Prize).

Winners will receive £200 and be invited, alongside runners up and commended writers, to read at the Festival in October 2015.

Closing Date for receipt of entries: Friday 31 July 2015                                                    Prize winners will be notified by Thursday 1 October 2015

Download the full information and entry form.

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IMG_9020Don’t forget we also have the Children’s Poetry Competition and Young People’s Writing Competition which offer budding young writers the opportunity to read their work at the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival.

Good luck to everyone entering!

Words in the City Programme Changes

WITCbannerWe were sad to hear that the World Curry Festival have postponed their event until later in the year.

Words in the City will continue on 6 – 7 June in Bradford with a few minor programme changes.
All ticketed events, masterclasses, FREE family events in the Poetry Yurt, the Emergency Poet and Caravan Gallery are taking place as advertised.

The Poetry Slam will take place 5.15 – 6.15pm on Saturday 6 June at Watersones, Hustlergate, Bradford. The winners will receive Waterstones vouchers and a slot at the Ilkley Literature Festival in October as prizes. The Sunday performances by the winners have been cancelled.

The Fringe will open at 10.15am on Saturday 6 June with a reading by Ian Oldfield

The following events have been cancelled:
Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Hip Hop and Blake with Testament (we hope to reschedule both performances for the October Festival), Live Wires and Ready Steady Poem.

Tickets for Tony Harrison are selling fast but there are plenty more fantastic poetry events taking place, including John Hegley, Jo Shapcott, Don Paterson, Imtiaz Dharker and Zaffar Kunial.
Click here to book.