Don’t Miss: Books by the Beach

Books by the Beach festival director Heather French.
Books by the Beach festival director Heather French.

April 11 to 15

This year’s Books by the Beach is all about special anniversaries and celebrations.

The event runs at various locations in Scarborough from Wednesday April 11 to Sunday April 15.

There’s the suffragette lunch with Di Atkinson on the opening day April at the Crescent Hotel. Di is an expert on women’s suffrage and consulted on the film Suffragette starring Meryl Streep.

It’s also 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Award winning Fiona Sampson shares the real woman behind the story. Fiona is at Scarborough Library on the Wednesday at 3pm.

Nicholas Shakespeare’s subject is Churchill also on the Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Festival director Heather French admits to being a romantic. “So to bring things up to date what could be more topical than the ‘wedding of the year’ ...?

That’s the Royal wedding of course between Prince Harry and Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, which takes place at Windsor Castle on May 19. Take the opportunity to have a ringside seat with our royal expert Katie Nicholl on Saturday April 14 at 7.30pm. She’ll be giving us the lowdown on the royal couple with stories of their secretive early meetings and how they kept their relationship hidden from the world.

Katie will also be taking part in the Sunday papers panel with fellow journalist Rosie Millard. Our new host Gerry Foley will be ably chairing as News anchorman.

“There’s such a rich variety of events at this year’sevent it’s difficult to choose a favourite,” said Heather.

“But I am looking forward to hearing Lucy Mangan’s take on childhood reading.

“As a young girl my dad took me to the library every Saturday morning ( not surprising I work there now).

“I grew up with tales of Narnia and Little House on the Prairie but my special treat were the Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton. I also loved comics. I’m looking forward to hearing Lucy’s choices.

Lucy Mangan is on Friday April 13 at 3pm.

Other guests include Jeremy Vine, Ruth Jones, Robert Goodard, Denise Mina and Tony Parsons.

Tickets from the Stephen Joseph Theatre box office.