Star names at 2015 Ilkley Literary Festival

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Television stars along with award-winning international authors are set to appear at the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival.

Headline speakers signed up for the packed programme of more than 230 events over 17 days in October include comedian Julian Clary, historian Simon Schama, actor Brian Blessed and poet Simon Armitage.

Father and son TV broadcasters Peter and Dan Snow will be discussing the Battle of Waterloo at the festival, which will run from October 2 to 18.

Novelists talking about their latest books will include Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley and New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg.

Yorkshireman Brian Blessed will discuss his autobiography ‘Absolute Pandemonium’ on October 8 - the day of its release.

TV historian Simon Schama, professor of art History and history at Columbia University, will close the festival with a celebration of significant and historical portraits from Elizabeth I to Amy Winehouse.

Comedian and TV personality Julian Clary will speak about his first book for children ‘The Bolds.’

Festival director Rachel Feldberg, said: “Our festival isn’t just about reading, it’s about sharing experiences with authors from all over the world, giving us new insights into well-known stories; unearthing innovative discoveries in science and nature and finding new fiction favourites. The festival gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of literature and I’m always keen to encourage audience members to attend an event on an unfamiliar subject, try a new author or to simply get together with friends and enjoy the festival atmosphere.”

Tickets will be on sale online and through the box office on 01943 816714 from September 1. The full programme of events is available at