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Ilkley Literature Festival announces first events of 2020: Sir Oliver Letwin and Emma Smith


Former Cabinet Minister Sir Oliver Letwin and Oxford University academic Emma Smith are coming to Ilkley for Ilkley Literature Festival’s 2020 Spring Series.

Sir Oliver Letwin makes his Ilkley Literature Festival debut on Thursday 19 March. In Apocalypse How?: Technology and the Threat of Disaster, Letwin investigates the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure and why we are more vulnerable than ever. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, Letwin encourages us to question our unshakeable faith in technology.

Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford, reveals the ambiguities of Shakespeare’s plays on Thursday 30 April. In This Is Shakespeare, Smith encourages us to revise our preconceptions of Shakespeare and introduces us to a radical new way of looking at The Bard.

Both events take place at All Saints’ Church. Tickets are available now from

Sir Oliver Letwin – Apocalypse How?: Technology and the Threat of Disaster
Thursday 19 March, 6.00pm, All Saints’ Church, £10/7 concessions*

Emma Smith – This Is Shakespeare
Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm, All Saints’ Church, £10/7 concessions*

(*plus a £2 booking fee per transaction)

Tickets are also available from the Ilkley Literature Festival Box Office on 01943 816714.

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