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All set for Ryedale Book Festival
THE second Ryedale Book Festival takes place this weekend and promises to be bigger than last year with even more events.
The festival, which triumphed against the odds when funding cuts threatened it last year, is run by volunteers with the support of local businesses and Malton.
There will be more than 30 events to suit anyone who enjoys reading and writing. Once again, the heart of the festival will be in the Milton Rooms where there will be an all-day independent book fair, book signings, a read-it/swap-it zone and a Yorkshire table where local authors can promote their work.
“Last year people commented on the sense of community spirit in the town and with even more venues, volunteers, schools and local businesses working together this year we hope to have the same vibe in Malton this time,” said festival organiser Sarah Tyson.
“Although this is a book festival, it is about more than just books. We tried really hard to include events and activities that appeal to a wide range of ages and tastes around the theme of books.”
On Sunday, Channel 4 Racing’s Brough Scott will be talking about his career and books. The event will raise funds for the Injured Jockey Fund which is current building a rehabilitation centre in Malton.
Actor Mike Grady will be reading from the winning entries of the short story competition in the Milton Rooms.
Also on show over the weekend will be the original signed copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which was inspired by Malton when the author stayed in the area.
The Malton-based Charles Dickens Society will also be performing a spoof radio play about the famous author at the Talbot Hotel. Ryedale Book Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Programmes are available at libraries, tourist information centres and participating venues across Ryedale.
For details and ticket information, visit www.ryedalebookfestival.com
Events taking place throughout the day on Saturday include:
• Ian Douglas, the travelling storyteller who will be making his rounds about the town
• Artist Rob Parkin decorating the pavements of the town with illustrations from books from Harry Potter to War Horse and more.
Activities for children and young people include:
• A minibeast morning with poet Anneliese Emmans Dean
• A football and rugby reading quiz with Yorkshire children’s author Tom Palmer including the chance to take penalties in the library
Events for adults include:
• The chance to have a go at the art of papercutting with Clare Linley
• If you’re a reader of crime writing listen to four winners of the Northern Crime Award including Alfie Crow, Helen Cadbury, Rebecca Muddiman and Mike Donovan talk about and read from their work
• A chance to have afternoon tea with writer Bill Spence aka Jessica Blair at the Talbot Hotel
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