In October last year, Malton was treated to an amazing weekend featuring almost 40 quality events celebrating literature in all its forms, including an independent book fair and a host of diverse, creative community activities. There was something for book lovers, writers, poetry enthusiasts, crafty types, families and people of all ages.
Adult readers enjoyed meeting acclaimed novelists including Iain Pears, Stephen Kelman, Lucy Foleyand Frances Brody or hearing tales of Yorkshire life from the writing of Neil Hanson and the Yorkshire Shepherdess. Poetry fans were treated to the hilarious musical poetry of John Hegley and stayed on for more poetic treats at the Festival Fringe event.
Those looking for something non-fiction, enjoyed Harry Pearson and his look at sporting heroes of North Yorkshire, leading environmental writer Michael McCarthy and a fascinating insight into the history of architecture with Dr Christopher Tadgell. We also be celebrated 80 years of Penguin Books in the company of the daughter of Penguin founder, Clare Morpurgo.
We showcased a fantastic young adult writers this year in the shape of Maggie Harcourt and for the very young we were delighted to welcome the wonderful Lauren Child, not to mention Blue Peter Book Award winner Andy Seed, biscuit decorating at the Kingfisher Cafe and even bedtime stories for youngsters in their pyjamas!
Our Castle Gardens event was designed specially with families in mind. This affordable day out was 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 welcomed two amazing artists; book sculptor Su Blackwell and designer/ornithologist Matt Sewell. Music was provided by talented young artists from the Kirkham Henry Choir and for the first time we had our very own Festival band – The Bookshop Band. But if books really are your thing, drop in to meet book-fan Gemma Savage and of course the Yorkshire Writers Independent Book Fair.
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