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Ilkley Literature Festival gets under way
6:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
The Ilkley Literature Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, started today bringing a host of top writers, broadcasters and leading poets to the town over 17 days.
In this landmark year the festival is bigger than ever and is expected to bring an economic boost of about £250,000 to Ilkley.
Its director Rachel Feldberg said: “In the last ten years alone the audience has grown from 3,000 to 26,000 which is a fantastic achievement and testament to the calibre of writers we’ve attracted.
“If you look back at the inaugural festival in 1973, there were only 50 events, Now we have more than 225 events featuring over 250 authors, speakers and performers in the town, including the Children and Young People’s Festival and dozens of Festival Fringe events.
“It’s hard to put a figure on the full economic impact but we estimate that approximately £250,000 is put back into the local economy from the festival, and we know that many of the 26,000 audience members spend time and money in local cafes, pubs and shops.”
The 2013 landmark festival is packed full of children’s events and started today with a Children’s Book Trail.
Additional children’s events include a Children’s Tea Party on Sunday when comedian and poet James Campbell will host an afternoon at the Kings Hall where children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character.
Northern Ballet will host a ‘Three Little Pigs’ workshop at All Saint’s School on Sunday.
There are a limited number of tickets still available for a host of headline events, including Peter Snow, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy – who will premiere a specially commissioned poem to mark the festival’s 40th anniversary at an event on Tuesday.
For a programme and to buy tickets go to ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk.
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