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First Writers Announced for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017

Comedian Sarah Millican, journalists Victoria Derbyshire and Evan Davis, and Baroness Shami Chakrabati will appear at Ilkley Literature Festival 2017. It’s the 43rd year for what is considered one of the most respected arts festivals in the country.

More than 200 events take place across the area during the event, which kicks off on 29th September. It looks like another cracking year, and here’s what we can expect from the first speakers:

Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican is one of the forst writers to be announced for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017

Sarah Millican is one of the country’s best-known comedians, selling out venues across the country and appearing on a host of panel and chat shows on TV.

She describes her book, How to be Champion, as “part autobiography, part self help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny.” It’s released four days before she rocks up in Ilkley on Monday 9th October.

Victoria Derbyshire

Victoria Derbyshire appears on Saturday 30th September and it promises to be a fascinating and emotional evening. Derbyshire recently documented her battle with breast cancer in a series of video diaries, which racked up more than 13 million views. She also hosts a daily news and current affairs show on BBC 2. You can read about her struggle in Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope.

Evan Davis

Newsnight and Dragons’ Den host Evan Davis has written a tome investigating the world of fake news. You can find out more about Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It on Saturday 14th October – or can we? How do we know whether to believe that? Huh?

Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti is appearing at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2017Baroness Shami Chakrabarti has written Of Women, which looks into gender inequality and its effect across society. She is the former director of human rights campaign group Liberty, currently sits as a Labour peer and is Shadow Attorney General.

With the current chaos in the UK political system, she might even find herself in government by the time she arrives in Ilkley on Saturday 14th October.

Full Programme for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017

You can find the full details of all the events for Ilkley Literature Festival on Thursday 17th August, with tickets on sale on Saturday 29th.

What do you think of the line up so far? Who would you like to see added? Leave a comment below. 

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