This autumn, audiences can indulge in a culinary feast as Ilkley Literature Festival serves up a host of famous chefs and dives into the delights, and sometimes dangers, of drink.
Adrian Chiles has been announced as a late addition to the headline names at the 2022 Ilkley Literature Festival. He joins household names such as Gaby Logan, Gyles Brandreth, Ruth Jones and Melvyn Bragg in this year’s starry line-up.
For decades, Chiles has been a familiar face and voice presenting The One Show, Daybreak, ITV sport, and BBC Radio 5. He’ll be appearing at Ilkley’s King’s Hall on Saturday 15 October to discuss his new book, The Good Drinker.
This personal account takes audiences behind the spotlight, following Chiles’ journey re-evaluating his relationship with alcohol, from consuming almost 100 units of alcohol a week to discovering the unsung pleasures of drinking in moderation.
Ilkley Literature Festival opens on Friday 7 October and runs until 23 October. Founded in 1973, the long-running literary event is loved by writers, readers and publishers alike for its warm welcome and wide-ranging programming.
Celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager will also talk on Saturday 15 at All Saint’s Church. She’ll be discussing her irresistible new novel The Last Supper, where cosy crime and cookery collide. Shrager promises audiences an hour of well-seasoned wit and spicy skulduggery.
On Saturday 22 October, chef and author Sabrina Ghayour will give a talk on her new collection of fuss-free crowd-pleasing recipes, Persiana Everyday.
The Persian and Middle Eastern chef has a series of award-winning cookbooks. Sabrina is also a regular face on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and has guest judge roles on Celebrity Masterchef, Great British Menu and Top Chef Canada. The talk will also be live streamed.
Award-winning food writer Olivia Potts takes audiences on a grand tour with her book Butter – a Celebration. The joyous immersion in all things butter, offers history, anecdotes and, of course, delicious recipes resplendent with butter.
Trained as a criminal barrister, Potts decided to abandon her career after the death of her mother, enrolling in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts institute. Now, she is a private chef, as well as The Spectator’s Vintage Chef, and has written for numerous publications.
Saturday evening on 22 October welcomes Victoria Moore to All Saint’s Church where audiences are offered four delicious samples of wine selected by the author. She’ll then guide audiences through her new wine guide, Fried Eggs and Rioja: What to Drink with Absolutely Everything for a night of at-home recipes paired with the perfect wine. The talk will also be live streamed.
Erica Morris, Director of Ilkley Literature Festival, said: “Autumn is the perfect time to focus on the homely comforts of good food and drink, and these author talks will no doubt offer inspiration to try new things, as well as provide food for thought!”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Ilkley Literature Festival is nationally acknowledged for its artistic excellence, diverse programming, and year-round writer development initiatives for children, young people and adults.
The two-week Autumn festival itself brings literature and poetry of national and international significance to audiences of over 22,000 each October, as well as showcasing new work by emerging and mid-career writers.
Ilkley Literature Festival is an Arts Council England NPO and supported by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.