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Full Ilkley Literature Festival Line-up 2017 Announced

The full Ilkley Literature Festival line-up for 2017 was announced today, with highlights including writer Alan Bennett, tennis coach and TV star Judy Murray, comedian Sarah Millican and Richard Osman from Pointless. Festival chiefs unveiled a sneak preview of the stars heading to LS29 in July, when they announced that comedian Sarah Millican and Baroness Shami Chakrabati, among others, would appear this autumn.

Sarah Millican is one of the first writers to be announced for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017. Find out more about the Ilkley Literature Festival line-up at
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On 27th July, organisers confirmed Alan Bennett will open proceedings, a move described by this website as “the most Yorkshire thing ever.” The festival is the biggest of its kind in the north and attracts well-known names to the region every year.

Ilkley Literature Festival Line-up 2017 Highlights

  • Tickets to see Yorkshire legend Alan Bennett will surely be the most difficult to come by. 
  • After satirising the American and British political systems, only to see the truth overtake fiction, TV writer and director Armando Iannucci should have plenty to say on Saturday 7th October.
  • Tennis ambassador and mum to the British number one, Andy, as well as being a well known TV personality, Judy Murray takes to the stage of the Kings Hall on Tuesday 3rd October.
  • Journalist Victoria Derbyshire’s very public battle with breast cancer should make fascinating listening on Saturday 30th September.
  • With Donald Trump petrifyingly close to declaring war on North Korea and struggling to condemn abhorrent acts at home, BBC journalist Evan Davis’ musings on ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’ are incredibly timely. He appears on Saturday 14th October.
  • Sarah Millican is a hugely popular comedian, and her down-to-earth style will surely wow the crowds on Monday 9th October.
  • Pointless star Richard Osman discusses The World Cup of Everything at the Kings Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 1st October.
  • The Children’s Festival features Greg James from Radio 1 and every mum’s favourite, Ben Faulks, aka Mr Bloom from CBeebies.

As ever, an array of readings, workshops and performances around Ilkley will complement the big-name events. As well as a full programme for adults, there are always a host of activities for children and families too.

Ilkley Literature Festival Tickets

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 29th August and you can find out more by calling 01943 816714 or visiting the festival’s website.

What do you think of this year’s line-up? Will you be buying tickets? Let us know what you think in the comments and tell us who you’re looking forward to seeing. 

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