From dragons to political diaries, with rom coms, thrillers and a glass of wine along the way, there's something for bookworms of all ages in Malton this autumn.
Ryedale Book Festival is returning this September promising exciting dragon-themed literary activities to fire children's imaginations and a stellar line-up of award-winning writers, including a former Home Secretary, entertaining wine expert and respected historian, for the grown-ups. Their compact programme certainly has quality stamped all over it.
The main festival weekend starts on Friday 21st September with some fantastic opportunities for schools to take part in events as part of the Festival's out-reach programme. Then after school, young readers can enjoy a movie night with Cressida Cowell where they will meet the author and watch the film How to Train Your Dragon.
On Saturday 22nd September, there is a full day of fun literary activities inspired by lots of stories about dragons involving magic, poetry, pottery painting, biscuit decorating, illustration, craft as well as reading. The day concludes with a bedtime story read by award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett.
Sarah Tyson, Ryedale Book Festival Director, said: "When Cressida Cowell accepted our invitation we just had to go with a dragon theme this year. There are so many fantastic dragon books to choose from we were spoiled for choice but I am delighted that our writing and drawing competition has Jackie Morris's support because her beautiful illustrations in Tell Me a Dragon are so inspiring."
For older readers the events start with a music memoir from popular biographer and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson. He'll share a Desert Island Discs-style musical journey through his life at The Milton Rooms on Friday 21st September.
On Saturday there is a veritable feast of literary treats for fans of fiction. From romance with Ryedale author Jane Lovering, to crime with Stephen Booth and history with Tim Pears and Tracy Borman and a discussion about how to survive attacks on social media, there really is something for everyone.
"Ryedale Book Festival just keeps growing in popularity throughout the year. We always ask our audiences what they would like to see at a future festival and history, crime and music were top of the wish list," added Sarah. "Also, as this year is such an important landmark for women we thought it deserved acknowledgment by way of considering a contemporary issue for feminists through the work of two writers whose characters are victims of social media abuse."
At 4:30pm in the Talbot Hotel the winner of the Festival's writing competition will be revealed by Short Story expert Chris Power who will discuss the precise art of short story writing and share some readings from his own collection as well as extracts from the brand-new anthology of the ten short-listed stories, published by Blackthorn Press.