Lucy and William are first festival sell-outs

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Tickets for the seventh Scarborough Literature Festival are proving best-sellers with two events sold out weeks ahead of its start.

Chief curator of the Royal Palaces and BBC presenter Lucy Worsley and food writer William Sitwell, related to the Scarborough family, have proved a hit.

Crime writer David Hewson’s literary lunch at the Cresent and Ian Buxton’s whisky event are also well on the way to being sell outs.

“It is a fantastic start,” said festival director Karen Atkinson. “We believed we had put together a programme to suit all tastes and it’s good that such diverse events have sold out,”she said.

The festival runs from Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 14. For the first time a fringe event is running parallel tpo it.

Lucy Worsley, who fronts programmes for BBC 3, presents If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home on Sunday. Food critic William Sitwell has a guest spot on the Friday.

Author David Hewson, who started his journalistic career at the Bridlington Free Press and the then Scarboroug Evening News, is returning to event – this time in a solo spot.

David is hosting a lunch session at the Crescent on Friday. Heated of the acclaimed Detective Nic Costa series and his latest literary successes are based on the TV series The Killing.

The crime genre is well represented this year.

Author Mark Billingham will be taking the Library Concert Hall stage with Home Office pathologist Stuart Hamilton on the Friday.

“Mark is one of the most popular authors in crime fiction and his TV series based on the Tom Thorne books are extremely successful,” said Karen.

One of the festival hosts Peter Guttridge joins a British crime film panel with writer Barry Forshaw and director Mike Hodges.

The festival finale features three exponents of medieval mystery – Karen Maitland, Michael Jecks and Susanna Gregory.

Returning to the festival is Ian Buxton. He will be hosting a whiksy event on the Saturday.

“I believe not incollecting or investing in whisky but tasting it,” said Ian. “I have included a range of single malts and blends and, provocatively, a few renegade suggestions that are bound to offend purists,” he said.

Most of the events take place at Scarborough Library in Vernon Road. The fringe events are at other libraries as well as community centres, the Maritime Heritage Centre and the Street.

Tickets are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre in the Brunswick Shopping Centre in Scarborough,