Ilkley Literature Festival 2018 programme revealed

News - Festivals Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Over 200 events at 15 venues across 17 days 'for the North’s biggest literature festival'

The event, which runs from 28 September to 14 Ocotober, features women take centre stage this year with comedian and ‘Strictly’ star Susan Calman, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Joanna Trollope and Jacqueline Wilson on the bill.

The festival is opened by BBC Apprentice and Channel 4 Countdown star Nick Hewer appearing on 28 September, who will take the audience through his life and new book A Life from A to Z, and the festival welcomes back Alan Bennett, who returns to Ilkley following his 2017 sell-out appearance.

Other names appearing during the festival include Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Jack Monroe and Ruby Tandoh (appearing together for the first time), cricker Moeen Ali, Kate Mosse, Fiona Mozley, Simon Armitage and Michael Rosen.

YA is catered for by Melvin Burgess, back with a new novel The Lost Witch; American author Jewell Parker Rhodes will be joined by Muhammad Khan to talk about their powerful books exploring how young people cope in today’s world and Nikesh Shukla, editor of the The Good Immigrant, will be discussing his new young adult novel Run, Riot.

Rachel Feldberg, Ilkley Literature Festival director, said: "The carefully curated line-up for 2018 includes some of the biggest names in literature as well as some of the most well-respected experts in history, poetry, non-fiction and science. This year, we’re lucky to have leading voices and specialists in their subject to contribute to our strands."

The full programme is available for download at

Pictured: Alan Bennett (cr Maria Spadafora)

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