THE first event of this year’s Ryedale Festival programme will be an evening with author Peter Stafford-Bow.

The author and wine consultant is returning with more excerpts from his Felix Hart trilogy; a series of outrageous satires set in the cut-throat world of supermarket wine buying.

Sarah Tyson, festival director said:“Who better to launch our first event of the year than Peter Stafford-Bow as our audience thoroughly enjoyed Peter’s previous appearance in 2018. Peter and Paul Tate-Smith, from our sponsors Derventio Wines, make a highly-entertaining double act, which will be great fun.”

The first two novels, Corkscrew and Brut Force, are based on Peter’s 20-year career purchasing wines for the world’s largest retailers. The third book, Firing Blancs, will not be released until next month, but he has agreed to share a sneak preview in advance of the publication date.

Audiences can expect an entertaining evening while enjoying a tutored tasting of wines.

It will take place on Thursday, March 12, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at Church House, Langton Road, Norton.

Tickets are £15 or £20 to include a copy of Brut Force and available from