I love love love lit fests of all kinds, and in Yorkshire we are blessed to have some cracking ones right on our doorstep. The last couple of years have seen me travel to Morley, Ilkley, my home town of Scarborough, and round the corner to Headingley in search of a good outing about books, and then we had the fantastic Leeds Big Bookend this summer!
Now Malton, which is a gorgeous market town only about 40 minutes on the train from Leeds, featuring some lovely pubs, Roman ruins and surrounded by beautiful countryside is hosting its own book festival, and I’m incredibly excited about it.
The Ryedale Book Festival will be held on the 20 October and contains a varied programme designed to appeal to everyone who enjoys reading, writing and story telling. It is a completely community created project, and is so massive it is an utter wonder that they’ve managed to squeeze it into one day!
Included are appearances from GP Taylor, whose Shadowmancer series is set in Yorkshire, Lucy Beckett, Andy Seed and Kate Fox. There is story telling for children (in fact, 2000 local children are involved in projects leading up to the festival), puppets, a rap workshop (which I, being about as street as you get, am especially looking forward to) poetry open-mic, and performances from the Malton DickensSociety, which sounds awesome. There is also going to be a fantastic line-up of book shops and publishers hosting book signings and selling books on the day, as well as a Book Swap hosted by the Travelling Suitcase Library. And there are also Special Secret Plans afoot that I am so excited I could burst about, but more of that later…
Tickets go on sale from Malton Tourist Information Centre from 1 September. Seriously recommended as a Autumn Day Out, this festival is definitely something to look forward to… go to http://www.ryedalebookfestival.com/ for more information.