Ryedale Book Festival is near

On Saturday 20th October Ryedale Book Festival is coming to Malton, the historic Yorkshire market town between York and Scarborough. So, what’s it all about?

Well it’s a day packed with events for everyone who loves reading, books, poetry, stories and having fun! There will be authors of all kinds, children’s workshops and a huge range of events for ages:

  • Readings
  • Meet the author sessions
  • Poetry
  • Open Mic
  • Story writing competitions
  • Signings
  • Book Fair
  • Literary quiz hosted by top TV comic Arthur Smith
  • Poetry comps
  • and more

Visit http://ryedalebookfestival.com/Welcome.html to see what’s on offer. Tickets are available from Malton Tourist info in the town’s library.

I’ll be involved in two events: a ‘Meet Three Authors’ lunch where I’ll be speaking along with novelist Fiona Shaw and children’s picture book writer M Christina Butler. It’s at the very good Old Lodge Hotel, Malton and tickets cost £15 to include a 2-course meal. 12.30-2pm.

Later in the afternoon I’ll be signing copies of my bestselling All Teachers series of memoirs in the Milton Rooms (in the market place) and then I’m a judge in a children’s poetry performance competition for 10 local primary schools called The P-Factor. The grand final is at 3.30pm and a panel of authors plus Di Keal the Mayor of Norton will be judging the winners as well as making comments a la X-Factor (except we are not nasty…). Should be great fun and it’s free to watch.

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