Ryedale Book Festival

Events archive

5th March 2020 - The Biggest Story on World Book Day


Under fives were invited to celebrate World Book Day at Pickering and Malton libraries. There were some special story-telling activities with children’s author Sarah Coyle, who introduced her fantastic picture book “The Biggest Story”.

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27th September 2019 - From Mill to Monte Carlo


Historian and author Anne Fletcher talks about her debut book ‘From the Mill to Monte Carlo’.
The story is about Joseph Hobson Jagger who, as a child, worked in the mills of Victorian Bradford but went on to “break the bank” at Monte Carlo in 1850.




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27th October 2018 - Ryedale Spookfest

Celebrating the eerie and the macabre, the depraved and the blood thirsty. A festival of the regions’ best horror writers and publishers. Terror in the written word had a new home in Ryedale and Malton was the place to be… for those who dared….




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13th October 2018 - Black Camp 21 with Bill Jones




Turning historical fact into gripping fiction Bill Jones’s debut novel embarks on a gut-wrenching journey from French battlefields to what is now known as Eden Camp.


5th October 2018 - An evening with Alexander McCall Smith




A special 20th Anniversary evening with this extraordinarily accomplished writer, who talked about the latest book in his No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.


22nd September 2018 - Words from the vine with Peter Stafford Bow

Peter Stafford-Bow read from his recently-published novel Corkscrew accompanied by a tutored wine tasting.

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22nd September 2018 - The Art of the Short Story with Chris Power

A discussion on the very precise art of short story writing and the announcement of the winner of our 2018 Short Story Competition.




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22nd September 2018 - Fiction in Malton

A day of literary events in Malton’s Milton Rooms.

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22nd September 2018 - The Book Festival for children in Malton

Dragons and wizards, magic, fantasy thrillers, stories, puppets, biscuits, drawing and fun for children of all ages.

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21st September 2018 - A Musical Memoir with Alan Johnson

Award winning author and former Home Secretary took the audience on a musical journey through his life.




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21st September 2018 - How to Train Your Dragon with Cressida Cowell

Everyone enjoyed the film How to Train Your Dragon and met the author, Cressida Cowell for a book signing.

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8th September 2018 - Fairy Tales for Grown Ups with Jen Campbell

We heard about the fairy tales that inspired Jen Campbell’s collection of short stories “The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night”.




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29th June 2018 - Journeys in Malton, Day One

An exclusive celebratory dinner featuring the authors of The Optician of Lampedusa and The Girl from Aleppo along with a craft workshop and a journey into happiness.





30th June 2018 - Journeys in Malton Day Two

An inspirational day of journeys through books featuring Viking voyages, migrating animals, treasure hunts, seaside histories, hotel secrets, Italian retreats, tales of survival and storytelling.






1st July 2018 - Journeys in Malton Day Three

Visitors joined walker and writer Andrew White on a six mile walk along a section of the Wolds Way from East Heslerton to Scampston Park.





27th January 2018 - Magical Stories at Kirkby Library

An afternoon of magical book events and our Magic Story Quiz.





6th October 2017 -The Mile Roses and Mandy Coe

Multi instrumental folk musicians and performance poetry with The Mile Roses and Mandy Coe.




9th November 2017 - Julia Chapman




NYCC-In-partnership-with-ColJulia Chapman, author of the Dales detective mysteries, Date with Death, and Date with Malice.

September 22nd 2017 - Leanda de Lisle

Historical writer, Leanda de Lisle and hear about her new book, Tudor – The Family Story, a fascinating tale of our most vivid royal dynasty.




September 22nd 2017 - Austentatious

Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.




September 22nd 2017 - Oskar's Amazing Adventure

The tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps with storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry music, song and even close up magic.





September 23rd 2017 - Malton

Thrillers, historical fiction, crime, racing, literary heroes, fast cars, space travel and station cats. We had something for everyone in September 2017 in Malton.





September 23rd 2017 - Malton for kids

Stories, art, pottery and more for young readers and pet-lovers with special guest appearances from Lauren Child, Tim Hopgood and Andrew Cope.




September 7th 2017 - Wendy Holden

Visitors met Wendy Holden and heard about her extensive writing career and latest books and found out about what it was like editing a news column for a celebrity IT girl in the 90s.





August 20th 2017 - Yorkshire Arboretum

A day of literary delights with a tree theme.





July 13th 2017 - Kirkbymoorside

MP and author Rachel Reeves told the remarkable story of Alice Bacon, narrating one woman’s extraordinary progression from the coalfields to the Commons.





June 25th 2017 - Scampston Hall

A day of literary delights with a nature theme. Scampston logo





April 1st 2017 - Nunnington Hall




National_TrustA range of activities that are designed to appeal to book lovers of all ages at the romantic National Trust property at Nunnington Hall.