Tag Archive: Ilkley Literature Festival

Melvyn Bragg pays tribute to the greatness of ordinary lives

“Critics often say I write novels about ordinary people,” Lord Bragg of Wigton told the audience at Ilkley’s King’s Hall, “but I’ve never met anyone who is ordinary.” Melvyn Bragg was in Ilkley… Continue reading

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s novels are – at first glance –tales of society balls held in the tranquil countryside, stately homes, beautiful dresses, and ardent romances. Yet Austen’s… Continue reading

The ‘unlikely’ journey of Rachel Joyce

Fittingly, on the last day of the Ilkley Literature Festival, Rachel Joyce was in town to talk about journeys. And what a journey the festival’s 40th year has been. The runaway success of… Continue reading