Alan Bennett to open Ilkley Literature Festival

LEEDS-born playwright  Alan Bennett is set to open the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival.

Alan Bennett

The playwright, screenwriter, actor and author will appear at a special afternoon event at the festival on Friday September 29.

He will be be talking about his most recent collection of diaries and essays, Keeping on Keeping On.

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Bennett last appeared at Ilkley LIterature Festival in 2009.

Festival Director Rachel Feldberg said,: "We're thrilled that Alan is opening the festival this year. He is one of Britain’s greatest and best known writers and it is a real honour to be welcoming him back to Ilkley."

The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday August 17 with tickets going on general sale on Tuesday August 29.

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