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Duncan Bannatyne will be in Ilkley next week

Duncan Bannatyne will be in Ilkley next week

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Week two of this year’s landmark Ilkley Literature Festival offers a packed programme – with more than 100 events still to take place across the town as part of the 40th anniversary festival.

Audiences can still snap up tickets for a host of big-name writers’ events, including Dragon’s Den’s Duncan Bannatyne on Monday, Kate Humble on Tuesday and Yorkshire’s own much-loved poet and broadcaster, Ian MacMillan, on Wednesday.

Other highlights include Lucy Hughes-Hallet, who will talk about her new book The Pike, a biography of Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, which was recently shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, on Saturday.

Other gems include Booker-shortlisted author Justin Cartwright discussing his latest work Lion Heart, and Forward Prize-winning poet, Daljit Nagra, reading from his new version of epic love story Ramayana, also on Saturday.

Young people can sign up to a number of events including Wordfest on Sunday, where they can enjoy an afternoon of writing workshops, cake and prizes and Robin Hanbury-Tenison’s talk on modern-day explorers.

Reflecting on some of the highlights of the festival so far, director Rachel Feldberg said: “We had a wonderfully enthusiastic crowd, of all ages, at BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions hosted live from the King’s Hall by Jonathan Dimbleby, and both Simon Armitage’s talk on the influence of Ted Hughes on his work and Germaine Greer’s thought-provoking presentation on disappearing women, have captivated audiences and set the bar extremely high as we enter week two.

“I’d urge anyone who’s thinking of coming to get their tickets in advance as we’ve had many sell-out events and we expect the high demand to continue.”

The festival is also putting a call out to any budding broadcasters, both young and old, to become a roving radio reporter for on Saturday, October 19, in partnership with East Leeds FM. Volunteers will receive full media training from the radio team, before being sent out to interview a variety of top authors, which will be broadcast live from Ilkley to more than 33,000 listeners from 2.30pm to 9.30pm.

Buy a ticket to get involved online at ilkleyliteraturefestival.

org.uk or by calling the festival box office on (01943) 816714.

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