Tickets go on sale for Scarborough Literature Festival

Louise Northrop-Clay, left, and Karen Atkinson, two of the organisers of Scarborough Literature Festival, launching the newly printed festival brochures
Louise Northrop-Clay, left, and Karen Atkinson, two of the organisers of Scarborough Literature Festival, launching the newly printed festival brochures
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Tickets for the seventh Scarborough Literature Festival go on sale at the Tourist Information Centre in then Brunswick Shopping Centre, on Saturday February 16.

The main event and the fringe programme are set out in two brochures available from Scarborough Library in Vernon Road, the Tourist Information Centre and at other outlets in the town.

The Long Weekend is based at the library and runs from Thursday April 11 to April 14.

“This year’s programme will satisfy everyone’s taste,” said festival director Karen Atkinson. “We have events on crime, history, horror, food and drink,” she said.

New to the festival will be Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces – a charity which opens the unoccupied palaces of London including the Tower of London.

She has written three books Cavaliers, Courtiers and If Walls Could Talk and she is a history presenter for the BBC.

Food writer William Sitwell, actor-turned author John Gordon Sinclair, David Lodge, medieval mystery writers Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks and Karen Maitland.

Returning writers include detective fiction specialists David Hewson and Mark Billington and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

Festival patron Kate Atkinson, whose Jackson Brodie books have been turned into a TV series, also hopes to attend.

There is also a programme of family and children’s events and, for the first time, a fringe programme.

As well as the library, other locations for the festival include Woodend Creative Workspace, The Cresent, Maritime Heritage Centre, Eastborough, and libraries in Scalby, Eastfield and Whitby.

Opening the event is Last of the Summer Wine director Alan JW Bell at 9.30am at the library.