The first weekend of the Beverley Literature Festival saw queuing round the block for Val MacDermid and Mark Billingham; and the Beverley Treasure House was packed with children meeting authors, making stories and being spell-bound by performers at the children’s literature festival.
On Thursday, Thomas Penn will be talking about his acclaimed, debut account of early Tudor history – it’s been admired by novelists (including Hilary Mantel) and historians alike. Be among the first to hear the next David Starkey!
And on Friday, one of the great names in UK fiction, Margaret Drabble, will be reading and talking about her collected short stories and the art of shorter fiction.
The final weekend sees a mix of genres ranging from the novel and sports-writing to an analysis of the self-help industry by the witty and insightful Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman.
John Wedgwood Clarke, Festival director, said: “Beverley has always brought the very best in writing to the East Riding of Yorkshire. So make the most of this wonderful literary festival on your doorstep and let’s continue nine years of success – in uncertain times, the more people show they want something to continue, the more it’s likely to survive.”
Other writers taking part in the festival include Martin Goodman, Mark Billingham, Tom Rob Smith, Matt Haig, Tessa Hadley, Helen Simonson, Val Woods, Mike Pannett, Eleanor Birne, Helen Walsh, Nicholas Rankin, Tim Clayton, Tracy Borman, and many more, covering a wide range of fiction and non-fiction writing.