Free books – and a first for festival

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COME and get it ... that was the cry from organisers of the fifth Scarborough Literature Festival at their book give-away.

The four hundred books were snapped up in less than two hours.

Titles by novelist and critic Michele Roberts and crime writer Lin Anderson were given away. Both writers will be at the Long Weekend, which runs from Thursday April 14 to Sunday April 17.

They will be talking about the short story at Scarborough Library Concert Hall on Saturday April 16 at 1pm.

Festival organisers also announced an extra event. Its patron and prize-winning novelist Kate Atkinson will be hosting a breakfast club on Thursday April 14 from 8.45am to 9.30pm.

It is the first time the festival has organised such an event. Yorkshire-born Kate, now based in Scotland, won the Whitbread Book of the Year for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an international bestselling author ever since.

Her latest work Started Early, Took My Dog is the latest of four crime novels featuring private eye Jackson Brodie.

Other authors appearing during the Long Weekend include Dame Margaret Drabble, her husband Sir Michael Holroyd, Sarah Waters, Joanne Trollope, pirate expert David Cordingly, crime writers Simon Brett and Andrew Martin.

l Win tickets to an event with the festival’s writer in residence Jackie Kay – page 10

l Horrid Henry give-away next weekend.

– details in the Evening News later this week