Ryedale Book Festival


29th June - Journeys in Malton, Day One

Enjoy 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 - Journeys in Malton, Day Two

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


1st July - Journeys in Malton, Day Three

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


8th September - Fairy tales for Grown-ups with Jen Campbell

Hear about the fairy tales that inspired Jen Campbell’s collection of short stories “The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night” and watch the Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water.

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22nd September - The Book Festival in Malton

A day of literary events in Malton’s Milton Rooms. Further details coming soon.

22nd September - The Book Festival for children in Malton

Fun events for younger book fans all over Malton. More details coming soon.

5th October - An evening with Alexander McCall Smith

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

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27th October - 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 has a new home in Ryedale, so join us in Malton if you dare….

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Previous Events

Visit our events archive and find out what else the Book Festival has been up to over the past twelve months.