One of the oldest literary festivals, the Ilkley Literature Festival, was given birth in 1973. The idea of this event was made a reality by Michael Dawson, the first Director of the newly formed Yorkshire Arts Association. During the last thirty years a great number of authors took part in the Festival: from Nobel Prize winners to authors absolutely unknown to the wide public. Ilkley Literature Festival offers help to its participants and contributes to other literature events. Nowadays Ilkley Literature Festival covers over two October weeks in the Victorian spa town. The Festival has many sponsors, the main being Yorkshire Post, along with some others, including those who support the Children's Festival.
Lewes Live Literature and Swindon Festival of Literature are among other remarkable literary festivals. The former was founded in April 1995 by Mark Hewitt purposed to join curious events of artistic environment into one special holiday. The present-day Festival unites spoken words, performances, music, movies, and visual arts creating a sole wonderful show. Lewes Live Literature consists of two parts: the spring season covering the period from April to June, and three intensive days of Lewes Live Literature, usually end October-beginning November.
As to Swindon Festival of Literature, it is yearly held during the first fifteen days of May. Swindon Festival is always an exciting holiday of studies and ideas. One will be certainly delighted with cultural vacations, when watching miraculous sunsets and sunrises with a favorite book in hands. 'The Festival's profile and reputation continue to grow. Each year it attracts bigger names, more local involvement, and a larger following. At every level, it has become a fantastic celebration for Swindon of things well written and things well said. People of all ages and all backgrounds have a very good time. They get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, are thoroughly inspired and entertained, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!' says Festival Director Matt Holland.
There exists a great variety of literary festivals, their key function being to revive our respect and love to the books, which have a big history and keep a lot of secrets. When at literary festivals, you can meet people who know how to say the right words in a particular situation and how to be heard. Nowadays, when books are almost replaced by TV-shows and virtual games, you can meet real literature addicts at the festivals of the kind. Thus, if you cannot imagine your life without books or if you want to get new impressions, become a part of a literary festival, and you will surely not be disappointed.