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EVENTS

AUTUMN 2020

Digital Author Events

Writing Workshops

Literary Prizes

Telephone Theat re

Poetry • Fiction • Non-Fiction

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AUTUMN 2020 PROGRAMME

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PUBLIC FUNDERS

HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNER

MAJOR PARTNERS

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

ILKLEY BOOK CLUB

PATRONS

Platinum Patron

Sir Rodney Brooke

Gold Patrons

Jo Powell

Laura Shaw

Salts Estates Ltd

Patrons

Trevor & Jennifer Bryan

Ian & Hilary Crawford

Dr Simon Currie

Margaret Hellewell

Kate Roberts

FRIENDS

Special thanks to the Friends of Ilkley Literature Festival, without whom we would not be able to develop and

produce so much of the work we do. In 2020 your ongoing support has been more important than ever, and we

are so grateful for your generosity.

Membership starts from just £25 per year. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Ilkley Literature

Festival, you can find out more information by visiting: ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/support-us

The Ilkley Literature Festival Ltd. Registered In England and Wales Company No: 1061343 Ilkley Literature Festival is a registered charity Charity No: 501801

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AUTUMN 2020 PROGRAMME

WELCOME

Our Autumn programme doesn’t look quite

the way we imagined it would in the early

days of 2020.

This year, due to the impact of the Covid-19

pandemic on our ability to gather safely to

enjoy live events, the scale of our programme

is reduced, but we are determined to return

with our usual expansive and wide-ranging

festival programme as soon as we are able, and

build back as we head towards our milestone

50th anniversary in 2023.

In the meantime, we are delighted to present

our very first digital weekend. We’ve taken the

opportunity of this new approach to focus

on one of the thematic strands we originally

intended to weave through a full-sized festival

programme – an exploration of concepts of

justice and injustice. As the events of 2020

have unfolded, we have increasingly felt

the importance and timely nature of these

conversations.

Looking forward, we are already planning a

Spring 2021 programme exploring connections

between writing and the natural world – and

for more online content, do have a look at the

varied and inspiring digital events produced by

our northern literature festival friends at Off

The Shelf, Durham Book Festival, Manchester

Literature Festival and by our neighbours,

Bradford Literature Festival.

2020 is an unusual chapter in ILF’s history.

It feels very strange to not be spending our

October welcoming authors and audiences

to Ilkley, but we look forward to having the

pleasure of being together in-person again

before too much longer.

Until then, take care

The ILF team

2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize:

Winner Announcement

Fri 16 October, 11am, YouTube Premiere

The winner of the 2020 award for unpublished

fiction by UK-based Black and Asian women will

be announced in a digital event featuring all six

shortlisted writers and head judge Niki Chang.

Ilkley Literature Festival is proud to be a lead

partner in the biennial prize alongside Peepal

Tree Press and SI Leeds.

For more info, visit:

www.sileedsliteraryprize.com

2020 Walter Swan Poetry Prize:

Winner Announcement

Thu 22 October, 11am, YouTube Premiere

The winners of ILF’s annual poetry prize will

be announced in a digital event featuring this

year’s judges Professor John Whale and Dr

Rachel Bower. The first, second and thirdplaced

poets in the main prize and the 18-25

years subcategory will read their winning

entries responding to the theme of

‘A Kindness’.

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AUTUMN 2020 PROGRAMME

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Telephone Theatre: You Don’t Know Me But…

A Stute Theatre and B Arts Production

Tue 13 to Sat 17 October, 6 performances per day

This intimate one-woman audio play is performed live over the phone, giving audience

members a unique and moving theatre experience in their own homes at a time when live

face-to-face theatre performance is not possible.

‘You Don’t Know Me But…’ is written and

performed by winning theatre maker Sophia

Hatfield and directed by Olivier Award Winning

Theatre and BBC Radio Director Gwenda Hughes.

Using live music, beautiful writing and immersive

sound effects, this is a unique approach to

socially distanced theatre.

To book a FREE performance call the Box Office,

tel: 01943 816714

Your Local Arena: ‘Caribbean Nights’

Tue 6 to Sat 10 October 2020

FREE online at ilkleylitfest.org.uk

Your Local Arena is a project revisiting the BBC Arena

documentary archive. ILF are partnering with the project to

make available via our website two archive films exploring the

cultural impact of Carnival in the UK – Calypso, Carnival and

Steel Pan and Three Kings of Calypso.

Accompanying these films is a newly commissioned panel

discussion with academic Emily Zobel Marshall, literature

producer Melanie Abrahams, sociologist Max Farrar and

author Anthony Joseph responding to these Arena archives

and talking about the resonances they have in an era of Black

Khadijah Ibrahiim

Lives Matter. You will also be able to view new works inspired

by the films from local poets Khadijah Ibrahiim and Michelle Scally-Clarke,

as well as a free online life writing masterclass from author Colin Grant.

Celebrate the spirit of Carnival online for FREE at:

www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/festival/your-local-arena

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AUTUMN 2020 PROGRAMME

IN JUSTICE

DIGITAL EVENTS WEEKEND FRI 23 – SUN 25 OCTOBER

Welcome to our weekend programme of digital

events exploring themes of justice and injustice in

literature and society. We’ll be uncovering fights for

equal rights in some unexpected places – from the

history of tennis to the story of the humble potato,

and from who does the housework to how street

names map out our values as well as our geography.

The programme encompasses contributions from

writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, and we’re

delighted that moving online has enabled us to

include writers based internationally as well as from

all parts of the UK.

Ilkley Literature Festival has a long history of working

with writers and artists from all backgrounds to

explore our shared history (even when painful) and

to celebrate the immense breadth, depth and variety

of our experiences and cultures.

We’re proud to present this series of fascinating,

sometimes challenging and ultimately hopeful

conversations, giving voice to the work of writers

who are contributing – in their very different ways

– to bending the long moral arc of the universe

towards justice.

Injustice

anywhere

is a threat

to justice

everywhere”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Letter from a

Birmingham Jail,

16 April 1963

Book your free place at www.ilkleylitfest.org.uk

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FRI 23 – SAT 24 OCTOBER

#ilf20

FRIDAY 23 OCT, 7PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SAT 24 OCT, 10AM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SAT 24 OCT, 11.30AM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves:

The Darkest Evening

FREE ONLINE

Ann Cleeves is the author of

over thirty critically acclaimed

novels. Amongst her creations is

the redoubtable north-eastern

detective Vera Stanhope, whose

instant rapport with readers led to

the hit television adaptation, Vera,

starring Brenda Blethyn. Cleeves

will be discussing her latest novel,

The Darkest Evening, the ninth to

feature the brilliant, determinedly

unglamorous investigator.

Before turning to writing, Cleeves

worked as a probation officer,

gave her first-hand experience of

the realities of the criminal justice

system and an understanding of the

psychology of perpetrators of crime

that flavours her work.

Interview by crime writer Brian

McGilloway.

Presented in partnership with Noireland

Pragya Agarwal:

Unravelling

Unconscious Bias

FREE ONLINE

Have you ever been told to

smile more, been teased about

your accent, or had your name

pronounced incorrectly? If so,

you’ve probably already faced bias in

your everyday life.

Behavioural scientist, activist

and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal

unravels the way our implicit or

‘unintentional’ biases affect the

way we communicate and perceive

the world, and how they affect our

decision-making. Find out what

strategies we should use to address

our own biases, how to better

educate our children and how we

can build a more just society.

Interview by journalist and creative

facilitator Kirran Shah.

Andrew Harding: These

Are Not Gentle People

FREE ONLINE

On a warm evening in 2016, a group

of forty men gathered on a farm

outside the town of Parys in South

Africa. The events of the next two

hours would come to haunt them

all. Andrew Harding’s These Are Not

Gentle People is the story of that

night and of what happened next.

Harding, an award-winning foreign

correspondent, traces the impact of

one moment of collective barbarism

on a fragile community – exploding

lies, cover-ups, political meddling

and betrayals, and revealing the

inner lives of those involved with

extraordinary clarity.

Interview by BBC foreign news

correspondent and best-selling

author Jill McGivering.

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SAT 24 OCTOBER

SAT 24 OCT, 1 PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SAT 24 OCT, 2.30 PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SAT 24 OCT, 4 PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

Deirdre Mask:

The Address Book

FREE ONLINE

In The Address Book, Deirdre

Mask illuminates the often hidden

stories behind street addresses and

their power to decide who counts,

who doesn’t – and why. From the

chronological numbers of Tokyo to

the naming of Bobby Sands Street in

Iran, Mask explores how postcodes,

avenues and alleyways have always

been connected to class, race,

wealth and power.

Interview by lecturer in post-colonial

literature Dr Emily Zobel Marshall.

Nikita Lalwani &

Shahnaz Ahsan: Food,

Families and Fiction

FREE ONLINE

This panel discussion brings

together Nikita Lalwani, author of

You People, a novel about the lives

of illegal immigrants working in a

London restaurant, and Keighleyborn

author Shahnaz Ahsan, whose

novel Hashim & Family draws on

the real-life experiences of her

Bangladesh grandparents’ arrival in

1960s Manchester. Together, they

discuss the importance of voicing

the immigrant experience through

fiction and the role food plays in

binding families and communities.

Interview by broadcaster and

playwriter Nick Ahad.

Chris Daw

Chris Daw:

Justice on Trial

FREE ONLINE

Does punishment work at all,

anywhere in the world? Are some

people evil and beyond redemption?

Or are all of us just one step away

from potentially becoming a

criminal?

Chris Daw QC has been practising

criminal law for over 25 years,

navigating Britain’s fractured justice

system from within. Drawing on his

own fascinating case histories and

global reporting – including the 2019

London Bridge attacks, Alabama’s

prison system and one of Britain’s

most dramatic mass shootings –

Daw challenges the status quo and

some of the myths around crime

and punishment and presents a

radical new set of solutions for

crime and punishment.

Interview by journalist, filmmaker

and Chair of Leeds 2023 Ruth Pitt.

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SAT 24 – SUN 25 OCTOBER

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SAT 24 OCT, 5.30 PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SAT 24 OCT, 7 PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SUN 25 OCT, 10AM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

In Search of Frankenstein, Chloe Dewe Mathews

#foundfiction

Sally Howard:

The Home Stretch

FREE ONLINE

Forty years of feminism and still

women do the majority of the

housework. Why?

Journalist and author Sally Howard

shares the stories of her personal

investigations into the world of

domestic work and the people who

do – and don’t – undertake it. Her

book The Home Stretch combines

history and fieldwork to discover

how we got here and what the

future could look like for feminism’s

final frontier: the domestic labour

gap.

Interview by author and journalist

Yvette Huddleston.

Lee Lawrence:

The Louder I Will Sing

FREE ONLINE

On 28th September 1985, Lee

Lawrence’s mother was wrongly

shot by police during a raid on her

Brixton home. The bullet shattered

her spine and she never walked

again.

The Louder I Will Sing is Lee’s

powerful, compelling and uplifting

memoir, a story both of people

and politics, of the underlying

racism beneath many of our most

important institutions, but also the

positive power that hope, faith and

love can bring in response.

Interview by broadcaster and

playwriter Nick Ahad.

Samir Puri

Samir Puri: The Great

Imperial Hangover

FREE ONLINE

For the first time in millennia we

live without formal empires. But

that doesn’t mean we don’t feel

their presence rumbling through

history. From Russia’s incursions in

the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump’s

‘America-first’ policy to China’s

forays into Africa; from Modi’s

India to the hotbed of the Middle

East, Samir Puri provides a bold

new framework for understanding

the world’s complex rivalries and

politics.

Interview by author and former

Head of BBC Yorkshire Colin

Philpott.

Sponsored by The Grammar School at Leeds

.

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SUN 25 OCTOBER

SUN 25 OCT, 11.30AM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SUN 25 OCT, 1PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SUN 25 OCT, 2.30PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

#foundfiction Competition

David Berry: A People’s

History of Tennis

FREE ONLINE

Pristine lawns, tennis whites,

strawberries and cream; tennis

is synonymous with the upper

echelons of society, but scratch

beneath the surface and you’ll

quickly discover a different history.

From the birth of modern tennis

in Victorian Britain to the present

day, the game has been a focus of

struggles around sexuality, gender,

race and class that have transformed

the nature of tennis and sport itself.

David Berry reveals the hidden

history of the game, providing a rich

account of the challenges faced and

the victories won.

Interview by writer and poet

James Nash.

Sponsored by Stowe Family Law

Tom Hazeldine:

The Northern Question

FREE ONLINE

Tom Hazeldine excavates the

history of a divided country and

the UK’s regional inequalities. He

explores the formation of an English

state rooted in London and the

south-east, the Industrial Revolution

and the rise of provincial trade

unions and the Labour party, and

the continuing repercussions of

financial crises and austerity. What is

the solution for a divided country?

Interview by journalist, filmmaker

and Chair of Leeds 2023 Ruth Pitt.

S. A. Cosby:

Blacktop Wasteland

FREE ONLINE

US author S.A. Cosby’s stunning

crime novel Blacktop Wasteland

holds up a cracked mirror to the

woozy ideals of the American dream

– a dazzling, operatic story of a man

pushed to his limits by poverty,

race and a scarred, self-destructive

masculinity.

Cosby’s brand of Southern

Noir combines the pace of a

high-octane thriller with fully

fleshed-out characters and a

deep understanding of place.

With reviews of the book drawing

comparisons to Elmore Leonard and

Walter Mosley, Cosby is a talent to

watch.

Interview by bestselling crime fiction

author Mark Billingham.

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SUN 25 OCTOBER

#ilf20

SUN 25 OCT, 4PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

SUN 25 OCT, 5.30PM SUN 25 OCT, 7PM

THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV THEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL 30 NOV

Kimberly Campanello

University of Leeds

Poetry Centre Showcase

FREE ONLINE

This showcase brings together

readings from a number of

exceptional poets associated with

the thriving University of Leeds

Poetry Centre, including works

touching on the themes of the

weekend.

Participating poets include:

John Whale, Zaffar Kunial,

Kimberly Campanello, Charlotte

Eichler, Lydia Kennaway, Malika

Booker, Caitlin Stobie and

Jason Allen-Paisant.

Rebecca Earle

Rebecca Earle: The

Politics of the Potato

FREE ONLINE

Britain’s foremost food historian

traces the global journey of the

humble potato ‘from the Andes to

everywhere’. Rebecca Earle tells the

untold story of how food security

and eating became part of modern

politics; and places the modest

spud at the heart of profound

transformations that have created

the world we live in today.

Interview by poet and author

James Nash.

Hashi Mohamed:

People Like Us

FREE ONLINE

What does it take to make it in

modern Britain? Ask a politician, and

they’ll tell you it’s hard work. Ask a

millionaire, and they’ll tell you it’s

talent. Ask a CEO and they’ll tell you

it’s dedication. But what if none of

those things is enough?

Raised on benefits and having

attended some of the lowestperforming

schools in the country,

barrister Hashi Mohamed knows

something about social mobility.

In his book People Like Us, he

shares what he has learned: from

the stark statistics that reveal the

depth of the problem to the failures

of imagination, education and

confidence that compound it.

Interview by author and journalist

Yvette Huddleston.

Presented in partnership with the University

of Leeds

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Preparing Poems for

Publication with

John Whale

Sat 17 October, 11am –

12.30pm, Zoom Workshop

£15 per person

Director of the University of Leeds

Poetry Centre and co-editor of

Stand magazine John Whale

helps you prepare your poems

for submissions to magazines.

Drawing on his 18 years of editorial

experience, John will help guide

you along the route to successful

publication.

Editing Crime Fiction

Sat 24 October,

11am – 12.30pm,

Zoom Workshop

£15 per person

Katherine Armstrong, Editorial

Director for Fiction at Bonnier

Books UK, will take you through

the fascinating process of editing.

You will learn about subgenres,

crafting character journeys and

the importance of structure

and pace. There will be practical

writing exercises, insights into a

book’s journey from manuscript to

publication, and the opportunity to

ask your burning questions about

the inner workings of the publishing

industry.

AUTUMN 2020 PROGRAMME

DIGITAL WRITING WORKSHOPS

Wellness Writing Course

Weekly from Tue 27 Oct for

6 sessions, 2pm or 7pm

session times available,

Zoom Workshop

£90/60 concessions per

person for the full course

Whether you are a seasoned poet

or have never written anything more

creative than a shopping list this

six-week course of Wellness Writing

from writer, poet and workshop

leader Andy Craven Griffiths is

designed for all levels of experience.

In these creative writing sessions,

each lasting 75 minutes, you will

use wellness practices, examine

the science of kindness (yes,

there is such a thing), and try out

a range of creative writing skills.

Each workshop will gradually build

towards a complete piece of writing.

BOOKING

Box Office tel: 01943 816714

Book Online: www.ilkleylitfest.org.uk

Please note: The above digital workshops will take place via Zoom.

Ticket holders will receive further information about how to access the

workshops after purchasing their tickets.

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