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Famous names set for Ilkley Literature Festival

1st October 2010

A variety of famous names are set to discuss their work during this month's Ilkley Literature Festival.

Opening today (October 1st), the event will see writers from a number of different backgrounds take part, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus has reported, from bestsellers like Will Self and Louis de Bernieres to political figures such as political strategist Alastair Campbell.

The broadcasting field will also be well-represented over the course of the 17-day festival, with George Alagiah and John Simpson from BBC News both confirmed to appear.

However, Rachel Feldberg, the event's director, has suggested it is not just established authors who will be in attendance.

'The festival offers a great opportunity for readers to discover new writers,' she told the news provider.

Poet W.H. Auden attended the first Ilkley Literature Festival back in 1973, with Ted Hughes among the many critically-acclaimed writers who have since appeared in the West Yorkshire town.

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