Ryedale Book Festival

A weekend celebrating all things literary

Head to Malton for a weekend featuring around 40 quality events celebrating literature in all its forms, including an independent book fair and a host of diverse, creative community activities. There’s something for book lovers, writers, poetry enthusiasts, crafty types, families and people of all ages.

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Adult readers can enjoy meeting acclaimed novelists including Iain Pears, Stephen Kelman, Lucy Foley and Frances Brody or hearing tales of Yorkshire life from the writing of Neil Hanson and the Yorkshire Shepherdess. Poetry fans will be treated to the hilarious musical poetry of John Hegley and can stay on for more poetic treats at the Festival Fringe event.

If you’re looking for something non-fiction, how about Harry Pearson and his look at sporting heroes of North Yorkshire, leading environmental writer Michael McCarthy or a fascinating insight into the history of architecture with Dr Christopher Tadgell. We will also be celebrating 80 years of Penguin Books in the company of the daughter of Penguin founder, Clare Morpurgo.

We have a fantastic young adult writers this year in the shape of Maggie Harcourt and for the very young we’re delighted to welcome the wonderful Lauren Child, not to mention Blue Peter Book Award winner Andy Seed, biscuit decorating and even bedtime stories (don’t forget your pyjamas and onsies!)

Our Castle Gardens event is designed specially with families in mind. This affordable day out is crammed with interactive activities to entertain children and adults alike.

Of course, the Ryedale Book Festival is interested in more than just books. This year we have two amazing artists; book sculptor Su Blackwell and designer/ornithologist Matt Sewell. Music will be provided by talented young artists from the Kirkham Henry Choir and for the first time we have our very own Festival band – The Bookshop Band. But if books really are your thing, drop in to meet book-fan Gemma Savage and don’t forget the Yorkshire Writers Independent Book Fair.

Visit the What’s On page to find out more and click here to download an At A Glance programme

While you’re here, make a real day of it and pick up some tasty treats at Malton’s famous Monthly Food Market on Saturday 10th! Visit the We Love Malton website to find out more about the town.

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