Here at Hallmark House, we’re incredibly lucky to have the Ilkley Literature Festival – the largest of its kind in the north – on our West Yorkshire doorstep.


The eclectic programme features over 250 events, including a Children’s Festival, writing workshops and poetry masterclasses. This year, the Festival boasts notable speakers such as Alan Bennett (above image), Richard Osman (below image), Sarah Millican, Shami Chakrabarti, Judy Murray, Richard Dawkins and June Sarpong.

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The Editorial Team greatly enjoyed Poetry Alive on Thursday 5th October. Local writers shared their poems in Ilkley Moor Vaults’ cosy bar. Listening to poetry over complimentary tea and biscuits? We couldn’t think of a better (or more British!) way to spend a weekday afternoon.

You can view the full programme here. Whether you’re a book lover, a keen writer or simply intrigued with the Festival, we’d definitely recommend signing up to at least one of their events.