The first writers to be announced are Alan Bennett, Shami Chakrabarti, Evan Davis, Victoria Derbyshire and Sarah Millican. Opening the festival on 29th September will be playwright, screenwriter and actor Alan Bennett who will be talking about his most recent collection of diaries and essays – Keep On, Keeping On.
BAFTA award-winning English journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire will make her Ilkley debut the following day with her book ‘Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope’ – a first-hand account of the presenter’s breast cancer journey from diagnosis through chemotherapy, including the decision to share her experiences in a series of video diaries.
Comedian Sarah Millican became a household name following her appearance at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe when she won the award for Best Newcomer. Her first book, ‘How to be Champion: An Autobiography’, is released on 5th October and Millican will be in Ilkley just a few days later on the 9th October, with a heart-felt and humorous glimpse into her life.
Also appearing at the Festival for the first time on 14th October is former director of Liberty and life peer, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, CBE. Chakrabarti is one of Britain’s leading human rights campaigners and no stranger to controversy having been a panel member of the Leveson Inquiry in 2011/12 and chair of an inquiry into alleged anti-semitism in the Labour Party last year.
Returning to Ilkley is one of the UK’s most well respected economic and political journalists, Evan Davis, who on 14th October will be discussing his most recent book ‘Post- Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It. The book is a humorous look at the birth and proliferation of ‘fake news’ in the time of Brexit and Trump.
This year’s festival takes place from 29th September – 15th October 2017 and will see over 200 events take place. The full programme will be announced in August and tickets will go on sale to the general public on 29th August.
For more information and tickets visit ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk or call 01943 601210.