Ilkley Literature Festival: Story Explorers and Story Wizards

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Do you know an 8-11 year old who loves reading and writing stories? If they're in West Yorkshire, Ilkley Literature Festival's weekly book sessions could be right up their street. The sessions run every Saturday morning during term time. Story … [read more]

Angie Sage at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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A darkening room on an autumn afternoon provided the perfect backdrop to Angie Sage’s workshop about Araminta Spook, the ghost-hunting heroine of her latest series. Describing Araminta as a less scared version of herself, Angie discussed how her own … [read more]

Caryl Hart at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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Watching Caryl Hart in action during her Whiffy Wilson session, I was struck by the calm and unflappable way she ran the workshop. Here was a children’s author who seemed to delight in the impromptu contributions of her young audience. Rather than … [read more]

Yasmeen Ismail at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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“There’ll be tears and laughter” joked Yasmeen Ismail at the start of her event and she was certainly half right in her predictions; although we were spared any tears, there were lots of smiles and laughs among her young audience. Yasmeen’s … [read more]

Lauren Child at Ilkley Literature Festival: Review

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A quick glance round the audience of Lauren Child’s recent Ilkley Lit Fest event would have seen ‘middle children’ throughout the audience nodding in confident agreement as Ms Child shared her own trials of life as the second of three daughters. Her … [read more]

‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ Review

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A suitably overcast afternoon in Ilkley provided the perfect wintery backdrop to tutti frutti’s Aesop-inspired production of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. As we entered the hall of All Saints’ School, we were greeted by the three actors, all dressed for … [read more]

‘The Dragon Who Hates Poetry’ with Dominic Berry: Review

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Reading poetry is often described as a moving experience and listening to readings by the winners of Ilkley Festival’s Children’s Poetry Competition really did bring a lump to my throat. The children took to the stage before Dominic Berry's poetry … [read more]

‘The Wimpy Kid Show': Review

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I was intrigued by the whole notion of ‘The Wimpy Kid Show’ before I even set foot in Ilkley Playhouse. How do you create an ‘author event’ with no author to promote the book? (Very successfully, judging by the fact that the team behind the show were … [read more]

Christopher William Hill and ‘Osbert the Avenger’ Review

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Whilst combining the smells of apple pie and vomit may not sound an appealing element of a literary event for adults, at Ilkley Literature Children’s Festival, it all seemed highly appropriate. Smells – some pleasant and some downright disgusting – … [read more]

Ilkley Literature Festival: Children’s Tea Party Review

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The thought of a children’s tea party conjures up images of Enid Blyton’s lashings of ginger beer, Roald Dahl’s chocolate factory and the amazing double-page spreads in the book You Choose. So celebrating Ilkley Literature Festival’s 40th anniversary … [read more]

James Campbell Interview

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James Campbell is a writer, storyteller and comedian. As well as presenting an online TV show about books, James' first book for children is due to be published in 2014. You can catch James at Ilkley Literature Festival, as part of a Children's Tea … [read more]

Dominic Berry Interview

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Slam-winning poet Dominic Berry is currently touring the country with his one-person poetry show The Dragon Who Hates Poetry. As part of Ilkley Literature Festival's 40th anniversary celebrations, you can catch Dominic's show on Sunday October … [read more]

Christopher William Hill Interview

Christopher William Hill will be coming to join the 40th anniversary celebrations at Ilkley Literature Festival this autumn. He'll be introducing Osbert the Avenger, the first book in the Tales from Schwartzgarten series. This darkly funny tale … [read more]