Beverley Literature Festival : A Weekend Packed With Brilliant Events For All Ages

Beverley Library will roar into action on Saturday, 13 October, at 10.30am, as Paul Stickland’s ‘Dinosaur Roar’ event for children aged from two years gets underway and kicks-off the popular Children’s Literature Festival.

Events for families range from readings about talking animals with authors Jonathan Tulloch at 10.45am and Emma Barnes at 11.45am to the Hansel and Gretel puppet show at 3pm. For the amazing Horrible Science show, at 1.30pm, the Children’s Festival, moves to Toll Gavel where Nick Arnold will perform his disgusting experiments, not for the faint hearted.

Lara Goodband, co-director of the festival, said: “This is the third year I’ve been involved with programming literature events for children in Beverley and every year the excitement just fills the library as young readers have the opportunity to meet their favourite authors.”

Most children’s events are priced at £2 and workshops, readings and puppet shows continue throughout Sunday, 14 October, including Debi Gliori’s ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ from 10.30-11.30am in the Children’s Library.

Adult events at Toll Gavel start with ‘Nature Writing’ at 3pm when authors Leo Critchley of ‘Skimming Stones’ and Nick Papadimitrou of ‘Scarp’ will encourage you to walk and find the spirit of the place, families and the choices we make are the topics under discussion by authors Patricia Ferguson and Fiona Shaw at 4.30pm in ‘The Midwife’s Daughter’ Patricia Ferguson gives an intimate portrayal of the honour of bringing children into the world – “a must for any fans of ‘Call the Midwife; or ‘One Born Every Minute” says Rebecca Jenkins, co-director of the festival.

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Tickets are priced at £5 for the event.

Also taking place at Toll Gavel Methodist Church on Saturday, 13 October, at 7 pm, is the critically-acclaimed ‘The Potter’s Hand’ by award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist A.N.Wilson which offers a psychological investigation into the life of Josiah Wedgwood seen through the great events of the 18th century.

Tickets for this event can also be combined for just £8 with Matthew Sweet’s event at 8.30pm on ‘The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand ’.

For further information or to book tickets, visit or call (01482) 392699.

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