RYEDALE Book Festival takes place this weekend with a programme of diverse events for readers of all ages.

The festival opens on Friday with an event at St Mary’s Priory in Old Malton. Hear the true story of the Nine Days Queen, Lady Jane Grey, from historian Leanda de Lisle, who will be joined by musician Chris Parsons of Eboracum Baroque.

On Saturday, a number of events will be taking place in Malton involving writers ranging from Val Wood, a winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction, to bestselling author Felix Francis, son of jockey Dick Francis.

As well as a diverse programme of adult events, there’s plenty for younger readers, including a visit by the new Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child.

There will also be the chance to part in a range of craft activities.

Sarah Tyson, festival coordinator, said: “We are so lucky to have Lauren Child, now Children’s Laureate, return to Ryedale this autumn. Two years ago she impressed an audience of adults, as well as children with her inspirational creativity and passion for imaginative ideas and we are thrilled to have her back.”

Sarah added: “Our team has worked hard all year to organise a broad spectrum of events across Ryedale in some fantastic venues, but we are looking forward to returning to Malton for our main weekend of activity this autumn. We are grateful to sponsors, venues and volunteers for making it happen – we hope everyone will find something that appeals to them.”

For more information, go to ryedalebookfestival.com