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The prison in Dean Road, Scarborough, is proving an arresting venue for the revamped literature festival Books by the Beach.

One event – Ghosts and Ghouls by Gaslight – presented by actress Greta Scacchi and writer David Stuart Davies – to be held there has already sold out.

Another session has now been added to the programme for the same day – Sunday April 27. It will feature a Malton-set ghost story by Charles Dickens.

Co-directors Heather French and Peter Guttridge wanted to spread the book event beyond the library – and Scarborough Council jumped at the chance to allow them to use the jail.

“It is the perfect setting for the telling of ghost stories,” said Peter, who will also host a crime-writing workshop at the prison.

Books by the Beach runs from Thursday April 24 to Sunday April 27 – with an extra event featuring Nordic noir writer Jo Nesbo at the Spa on Monday April 28 at 7.30pm.

The Nesbo event is one of only three the detective writer is hosting in the UK. The others are in Nottingham and

Sell-outs include David Taylor speaking about the World War One paintings of Stanley Spencer at the Art Gallery, The Crescent. It is hoped an extra talk can be added.

The main event by TV historian Lucy Worsley – A Very British Murder on the Sunday – has sold out as has Kate Adie’s event also on the Sunday.

Lucy is also due to take part in Favourite Books by the Beach with authors Paul Pickering and Barry Forshaw on the Sunday.

Also appearing are Joanna Trollope, Joanne Harris, Margaret Drabble, Peter Snow and James Naughtie.

Tickets for all events are available from Scarborough Tourist Information Centre, Brunswick Centre, Scarborough.