Cause UK love literature, so it was a joy once more to represent the magnificent Ilkley Literature Festival as it returned with a hybrid 17-day event, after the hiatus of Covid.
Booker-prize authors, poets, philosophers, comedians and broadcasters flocked to the 2021 Ilkley Literature Festival this October.
As usual, Ann interviewed a handful of authors and wrote features for target local media including the Telegraph and Argus, Ilkley Gazette and Northern Soul.
Cyclist and author Hannah Ross told how women have changed the world on two wheels, exploring the trailblazing stories from the Suffragettes and Clarion clubs to women cycling today in constrictive countries, such as Saudi Arabia.
Novelist and Father Ted producer, Lissa Evans, gave an entertaining interview on her life behind the screen, and her love of storytelling. And the Poet in Residence, Ian Duhig, explained how poetry helps us all be more human.
The festival ran themes on pioneering women, belonging, and unreliable narratives, exploring the phenomenon of fake news in the internet age.
Headline acts included the old friend of the festival, Gyles Brandreth, as well as Ed Balls, Susie Dent, Jackie Kay, Anita Rani, Sarfraz Manzoor and Bernadine Evaristo.
We achieved meaningful coverage across local and regional media, including a number of Big Interviews in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post, and BBC Radio Leeds.
Founded in 1973, Ilkley Literature Festival is the North’s longest-running literary event, loved by writers, readers and publishers alike for its warm welcome and wide-ranging programming. Its impressive reputation is built on its ability to bring writers of national and international significance to West Yorkshire audiences.
As Erica Morris, Festival Director, said: “After the anxieties of the last 18 months or so, one thing the pandemic has highlighted is how culture and the arts enrich our lives, so we hope the festival offers a thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring tonic.”
Click here to view this year’s coveragebook.