Festival of epic tales and great authors

Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbo

The Flood, the Great War, Gothic literature, Nordic myths and the Sunday newspapers are all part of the mix of Books by the Beach.

The re-styled literature festival runs from Thursday April 24 to Sunday April 27 and opens with Chocolat author Joanne Harris presenting The Gospel of Loki – her fantasy novel.

Joanne Harris author of Chocolat and The Little Book of Chocolat is visiting Garstang's Fair Trade Centre

Joanne Harris author of Chocolat and The Little Book of Chocolat is visiting Garstang's Fair Trade Centre

Using her life-long obsession with Norse mythology Joanne retells the adventure story. She will be explaining why she adopted a new 
guise and why it took her 40 years to write.

Russell Crowe is topping the cinema box office with Noah – a $130 million Hollywood epic. But it is Irving Finkel’s The Ark Before Noah which has the 
literati chattering.

He will be talking about 
the pre-history of the Bible 
story also on the opening day of the festival.

World War One is the topic of Allan Mallinson and Margaret Macmillan on the Friday. On the same day David Taylor will be talking about the paintings of Stanley Spencer at Scarborough Art Gallery.

Aspects of the Great War will be discussed by Emily Mayhew, Roderick Bailey and Santanu Das, also on Friday.

Das will be talking about the soldiers of the Indian Army, Mayhew about the stretcher bearers of the trenches and Bailey’s topic is the Zeppelin which pounded Blighty with bombs.

BBC Radio broadcaster James Naughtie features in two events. With Charles Cumming and Roger Pearce he presents the Spying Fame on Saturday.

The next day he will be joined by Allan Mallinson and Roger Pearce, again, to review the Sunday papers.

Scarborough Town Hall provides the setting for a first for the book event – a literary dinner. The Gothic Festival Dinner will feature guest speaker Lynn Shepherd, author of The Pierced Heart which was inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

All events are at Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets and brochures are available from Scarborough Tourist Information Centre, Brunswick Shopping Centre.

Nordic crime king Jo Nesbo features in an extra event – Norwegain Chills – at the Spa on Monday April 28 at 7.30pm.