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Programme revealed for Ryedale Book Festival
A WEEKEND of literary delights is promised at next month’s Ryedale Book Festival.
The programme for the festival, which takes place on October 19 and 20, is out now and includes more than 30 events across venues in Malton to suit anyone who enjoys reading, writing and stories.
The heart of the festival will be in the Milton Rooms where there will be an all-day independent book fair with a wide array of publishers from Yorkshire and beyond.
This will also include book signings, a read-it/swap-it zone and a Yorkshire table where local authors can promote their work.
Activities for children and young people include a minibeast morning, a football reading quiz, Tweeting Tales where pre-teens and teenagers get to tweet their very own short story, Angelina Ballerina’s Twirling Tales for the very young and performance story telling with leading storyteller Cat Weatherill.
Travelling storyteller Ian Douglas will also be making his rounds about town on his pedal-powered bow top caravan with a story and a song.
For the first time, the completed story of The Amazing Jungle Adventure will be on display in the Milton Rooms.
The collaborative book was written and illustrated by more than 200 local school pupils with the help of children’s author Beth Dexter-Smith during the summer term.
Alongside this there will be drama and musical workshops where youngsters will get the chance to perform the story and provide a musical backdrop.
Beth Dexter-Smith will also be reading from her pre-school counting book Where’s the Scone? while its illustrator Calvin Innes will be giving free illustration demonstrations.
Older primary school children will be participating in the P-Factor the Final of Poetry-Factor which is modelled on TV’s the X-Factor with children being challenged to choose and perform a poem in groups in the final of the competition.
Events for adults include talks by regional writers, tales from the North York Moors, chick lit, botanical books, comedy, songwriting, papercutting and writing workshops and a talk by three crime writers on why this genre has become so popular.
The festival is more than just books with the chance to have a go at illustrating, pavement art, open mic, and to listen to live music from Malton School Jazz Band around the town.
“We’ve worked hard to put together a programme of events that appeals to a wide range of tastes and ages”, said festival co-ordinator Sarah Tyson.
“We are delighted that so many different groups, organisations and venues from the community are taking part as it has created a really varied programme. We hope people enjoy the festival weekend as much as they said they did last year.”
Ryedale Book Festival takes place on October 19 and 20. Programmes area available at libraries, tourist information centres and participating venues across Ryedale.
For more details and ticket information visit www.ryedalebookfestival.com
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