Long Weekend in store for literature fans

Bestselling auther Joanne Harris looking forward to her appearance at the Scarborough Literature Festival today.    081695a'in Features    pic AH   18/04/08
Bestselling auther Joanne Harris looking forward to her appearance at the Scarborough Literature Festival today. 081695a'in Features pic AH 18/04/08

BOOKWORms can meet the authors behind their favourite reads at a literature festival being held in Scarborough next month.

Scarborough Literature Festival – The Long Weekend – which is now in its seventh year is being organised by North Yorkshire County Council’s library service and takes place from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 April at Scarborough Library.

Backed by the Arts Council, the festival provides broad appeal and promises a glittering line up of top authors and an impressive series of workshops and Fringe events.

This year’s programme will satisfy everyone’s taste with events on crime, history, film, erotica, horror, food and drink.

As well as featuring the return of festival favourites such as Joanne Harris, Mark Billington and David Hewson, the festival will also welcome newcomers such as David Lodge, Lesley Pearse, Dorothy Koomson, William Sitwell, Susanna Gregory, John Gordon Sinclair, Steve Benbow, Michael Jecks and Lucy Worsley to name but a few.

Chris Metcalfe, county councillor executive member for library and community services: “Staff at Scarborough Library have created a wonderful event with the town’s seventh literature festival and like all the others that have gone before, it really has something for everyone, whatever their tastes in books or whatever their interests.

“Once again we have some really top-class writers.

“On top of that there are some excellent workshops, fun storytelling for children, slam poetry for young people as well as a student literature conference.”

For those who like to participate there is plenty to do with a whisky tasting event, a reading group, creative writing workshops for both children and adults, the Wimpy Kid Show and a chance for young people to take part in literary activities organised by the county council’s Connecting Youth Culture at the newly opened youth venue, The Street.

This year The Long Weekend will also include the Storytelling Festival, with storytelling events taking place throughout the Saturday.

And the vibrant new Fringe programme has 32 events taking place, not only at Scarborough library but also in other locations such as the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, Woodend Creative Workspace and the Tourist Information Centre in the Brunswick.

Additional events are taking place in Whitby Library as well as further afield at Scalby, Eastfield, Derwent Valley Bridge and Pickering.

The festival’s patron Kate Atkinson – creator of private detective Jackson Brodie, and author of Behind the Scenes At the Museum said: “The festival goes from strength to strength – a testament to the great team who have worked so hard to establish the weekend as a highlight in the literary calendar.”

All the Fringe events are free but some events are ticketed.

For more details on the festival visit Whitby Library or log on to www.scarboroughliteraturefestival.co.uk