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THE full line-up of guests and events at the Scarborough Literature Festival have been revealed.

THE full line-up of guests and events at the Scarborough Literature Festival have been revealed.

Tickets are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre in the Brunswick Shopping Centre and the brochures are available at various outlets in town.

The festival is based at Scarborough Library in Vernon Road and runs from Thursday April 12 to Sunday Apri 15.

“There is a really good mix to this year’s festival, something for everybody.” said Louise Northrop-Clay from adult and community services at Scarborough Library.

“We are really pleased that Susan Hill is coming, it means a lot to us that she is returning to her home town to attend.”

Hill, the award-winning writer of The Woman in Black is the first guest on Thursday at 10am.

Broadcaster and novelist Joan Bakewell, politican Roy Hattersley, crime writers Val McDermid, Peter James and Hakan Nesser are also on the visitor’s list.

Among those returning to the festival are Kathy Lette and Marina Lewycka,

Children and family events are also planned with story-telling sessions, a Horrible Science event and music workshops.

Anniversaries are marked with a Titanic event led by Frances Wilson on Sunday April 15 – a 100 years to very day the liner sank on its maiden voyage and Michael Slater on The Life and Work of Dickens. This year is the 200th anniversary of his birth. Philip Eade presents Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life in what is the Queen’s diamond jubilee year.

Writer and critic Peter Guttridge will host a literature quiz on the Saturday night and there is local flavour when East Riding based Valerie Wood appears.

Festival patron and author Kate Atkinson said: “The rich and varied programme of events presented by the Scarborough Literature Festival this year is a testament to the great team who have worked so hard to establish the weekend as a highlight in the literary calendar.

“There is something for everyone to discover here and I hope it will in then prove inspirational too.”

Evening News deputy editor, Sue Wilkinson’s comment:

ONE of the great things about Scarbroough Literature Festival is that it caters for all tastes and all ages.

In the past five years it has been running it has hosted session as diverse as whisky tasting and the Beano.

Guest speakers have ranged from Booker Prize winners and nominees such as Margaret Drabble and Sarah Waters to crime greats including Ian Rankin and Lee Child.

The festival is not just about novels – its speakers do not only come from the world of literature – but travel, adventure, science and journalism to name a few.

As literature festivals go it is one of the smallest and shortest but none the less ambitious in its scope, ambition and achievement.

In a climate where arts are considered a luxury, Scarborough is lucky to have a festival to celebrate and treasure.