Seventh Scarborough Literature Festival a success

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The seventh Scarborough Literture Festival was sensational – and now it’s on to the exciting eighth event, said its director Karen Atkinson.

“It has been fantastic,” she said after the finale which featured three of Brtain’s best medieval mystery writers, Susanna Gregory, Karen Maitland and Michael Jecks.

The packed house was warned to keep April of next year free for the next Long Weekend which has seen best-sellers, Booker prize winners, actors and war correspondants come to town.

“The range of events and the different styles of presentation has made this the best yet,” said Karen.

“We have tried to change things because it is important to keep the festival evolving.”

She said the fringe festival – which was held for the first time and featured local talent – was a quality event which was likely to be repeated.

Popular, too, was the workshops for teenagers at The Street.

“Doing things differently makes the event unpredictable and challenges people,” said Karen.

Highlights of this year’s event was TV historian and Royal Palaces curator Lucy Worsley, Bletchley Park expert Sinclair McKay, William Sitwell talking about his Scarborough family and food, and authors Joanne Harris and David Lodge.

“We’ve also been able to add a visual element to this year’s festival,” said Karen. “The feeback from evaluation forms has all been positive.

“We will be looking at the feedback to see what authors and events people would like to see at next year’s festival.”