About the event
25 Years of the Poetry Business: Ian McMillan Paul Bentley and Jonathan Davidson, Ilkley Literature Festival. Celebrate 25 years of the Poetry Business with an all-star line up! Ian McMillan, much-loved poet and broadcaster, host of R3’s The Verb and the ultimate spoken word artist, has published dozens of books, including Talking Myself Home. Twenty-five years after his first Smith/Doorstop pamphlet, Ian reads from his new one: This Lake Used to be Frozen – Lamps. Paul Bentley’s remarkable debut pamphlet, Largo, includes a dazzling long poem about the miners’ strike, winner of the Poetry Business Competition judged by Simon Armitage. Jonathan Davidson’s hugely entertaining new book, Early Train, is ‘thoughtful, lucid and graceful, the humour concealing a darker melancholy’ (Stuart Maconie). Tickets: £7/5. Visit: www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk or call: 01943 816714.