Whitby's The Great British Bake off winner David Atherton to appear at book festival

Whitby's The Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton will be appearing at this year's Books by the Beach festival.

By Sue Wilkinson
Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 9:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 9:26 am

Born and raised on the outskirts of Whitby David is a cook with a rare talent for making recipes healthier and tastier.

On Sunday June 13, he will be talking about his new book Good To Eat, which is perfect for foodies who care about their waistline.

Whether it’s cakes using sweet potatoes or dressings made from mango, there is no compromise on flavour.

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David’s recipes work for the whole family and parents will find great ideas for even the fussiest little eaters….

Festival director Heather French said: “David’s international travels as a health care professional have influenced his cooking, but so too has his Yorkshire upbringing.

“I can’t wait to try David’s Boozy Bakewell tart and his mum’s Yorkshire Parkin! I’m delighted to include a top chef in this year’s line-up as I’m always looking for new ideas for our festival menu.

“David will bring a different flavour and appeal to a wide audience.

"During this past year we’ve all had a go at baking in some shape or form, but now we can get the advice of a top expert in-person.”

David is also keen to promote fitness, and writes a column for The Guardian called Fit food.

Many of the recipes in his new book can be used to achieve fitness goals.

David will be talking about his change of lifestyle cooking at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 13 June, 3pm.

Books by the Beach runs on Saturday June 12 and Sunday June 13.

Headliners include broadcaster Jeremy Vine, journalist Polly Toynbee and TV vet Julian Norton.

Jeremy presents a weekday show on Radio 2, one of radio’s most popular news programmes.

He also fronts his own daily current affairs programme on Channel 5.

At Books by the Beach on Saturday June 12 Jeremy will be introducing his debut novel, The Diver and the Lover.

The book is based on true events and set in Catalonia in the 1950s.

It’s a journey of discovery for two sisters, a young American waiter and one of Spain’s most famous artist.

A Salvador Dali painting forms the centrepiece of the plot.

He is appearing at Queen Street Church at 7.30pm.

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and contributing editor David Walker will be taking us through the ups and downs of the last decade at St Mary’s Church on the Saturday at 3pm.

Award-winning journalist Horatio Clare takes us on a journey of personal discovery with his new memoir Heavy Light at the YMCA Theatre in St Thomas Street on the Sunday at 10am.

TV vet Julian Norton will be sharing heart-warming animal tales from his new book All Creatures on the same day at Queen Street Church at 5pm.

Fiction writers Salley Vickers and Clare Chambers will be sharing the stage at St Mary’s Church also on the Sunday at 3pm.

Bestselling writer Rowan Coleman introduces her Bronte mysteries under the pen name of Bella Ellis at St Mary’s Church on the Saturday at 1pm.

The series sees the Bronte sisters turn detectives before they become famous authors.

Ancient Egypt: Secrets from the Coffin sees Scarborough’s Professor Joann Fletcher ‘close the lid’ on the festival at Queen Street Church at 7.30pm.

Tickets are on sale online now at www.sjt.uk.com and must be purchased in advance of the event.