LANCASHIRE science-fiction author and playwright Trevor Hoyle will make an appearance at the 2017 York Literature Festival on Sunday afternoon.

He will be interviewed by the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor, at 2pm at York Explore Central Library. "I feel I know Trevor but we've never met," says Cllr Taylor. "He wrote a letter of support to me and a friend who used to produce a music 'fanzine' when we were about 18 years old. My friend went on to publish some of Trevor's books and I later designed websites for the pair of them."

The subject under discussion will be the 2016 re-release of Hoyle's apocalyptic environmental horror story The Last Gasp, a chillingly prophetic novel that depicts a future Earth starved of oxygen and the terrifying consequences for the human race.

Hoyle was a presenter on Granada Television before becoming a full-time author, writing the Q series of sci-fi novels, Blake's Seven and authentic stories of working-class life in the 1950s and 1970s, as well as writing for radio. You can discover more about the award-winning author at

Tickets for Trevor Hoyle & Dave Taylor cost £5 online at

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The cover for the 2016 re-issue of The Last Gasp

Win the book

The Press has a signed copy of Trevor Hoyle's The Last Gasp to be won, courtesy of Dave Taylor and the York Literature Festival.

Question: What is the name of the scientist hero in The Last Gasp?

Send your answer, with your name, address and daytime phone number, either on a postcard marked Hoyle Competition to Charles Hutchinson, The Press, 76-86 Walmgate, York, YO1 9YN, or by emailing, by next Friday. Usual competition rules apply.