Rachel Feldberg is stepping down as artistic director of Ilkley Literature Festival to study for an MA in history.
Feldberg joined the Ilkley festival in 2002 and grew the festival to a 17-day event, setting up programmes such as the Children’s Festival and Words in the City poetry and spoken word weekends.
“After 16 exciting years, I will be stepping down from Ilkley Literature Festival. It has been a privilege to work for the Festival and I have enjoyed my time enormously - from our groundbreaking work with young writers, to inspiring children in schools across Bradford and Leeds and bringing incredible authors like Maya Angelou to Ilkley, I am extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve,” she said.
Festival chair Nigel Walsh described Feldberg as a “dynamic and innovative leader”.
“During her time as artistic director, Rachel’s passion and creativity have driven the festival forward, firmly cementing our reputation as the leading literature festival in the North,” he said. “Rachel is leaving a legacy of work that reaches far beyond Ilkley - from establishing our thriving young writers groups, to supporting the career development of new writing talent such as Andrew McMillan, and working with Simon Armitage to create the ambitious Stanza Stones trail across the Pennine Upland - not to mention leading a Festival team that presents the hundreds of amazing events that engage and inspire audiences each year.”
Ilkley Literature Festival will begin the search for Feldberg’s replacement in the new year, with the new director taking up the appointment from spring 2019.