Author-ly good time for all at book festival

Author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child signs copies of her books.
Author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child signs copies of her books.

Children’s Laureate, author Lauren Child, was one of the star attractions at this year’s Ryedale Book Festival.

Lauren, who wrote the Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola books, gave away signed copies of her books to more than 200 children at the event.

Writer Johnny Tipler stands between two Porsches.

Writer Johnny Tipler stands between two Porsches.

Sarah Tyson, the festival director, said she was “extremely delighted” to have Lauren there – and was pleased with how the event, now in its sixth year, went in general.

“We were delighted how far people had travelled to hear our guest speakers,” said Sarah.

“The Austentatious evening was particularly popular on Friday night. Everyone said how much they had enjoyed it which is a fantastic response.

“They were clever and very funny. I am so proud of what our team of volunteers achieved. “It is the community spirit that our guests and visitors remark upon. People kept telling us what a lovely town Malton is and of course we agree.

Volunteers Sarah and Chris.

Volunteers Sarah and Chris.

“Every festival we try something different and learn along the way to make the next even better. The event ran really smoothly.”

She added that everyone worked hard and pulled together with support from the local community including Malton Flower Club, volunteers at Malton Library, the Old Lodge and Talbot Hotels, The Milton Rooms, Kingfisher café and local churches.

The next Book Festival event is on Friday October 6 in The Milton Rooms, Malton, at 7pm, celebrating song writing and poetry with folk trio The Mile Roses and performance poet Mandy Coe. Visit www.ryedalebookfestival.com to buy tickets.

Youngsters with copies of Lauren Child books at Ryedale Book Festival.

Youngsters with copies of Lauren Child books at Ryedale Book Festival.