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Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 7 -10 July

To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Harrogate International Festivals present a summer filled with more talks, concerts and events than ever before. The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, picked by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the UK’s Best Literary Festivals, has become the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit thanks to its stellar line up of literary names in a beautifully intimate setting. Spend a long weekend in the Victorian grandeur of Harrogate’s Crown Hotel, and experience inspiring talks and stimulating debate. Socialise with fellow book lovers and soak up the eclectic programme designed to enthral and inspire.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to hear James Naughtie talking about the latest book in his spy series Paris Spring on Sunday 12 July at 12pm click here enter our prize draw for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

This year’s diverse programme features a wealth of fantastic names from the worlds of politics, economics, science, music and literature, including Jeremy Bowen, Julia Bradbury, Vince Cable, James Naughtie, Mary Portas and John Suchet. There are also a number of special anniversary events, marking 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth, 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, plus a keen focus on the 60’s and in particular 1966 – the year the Festival was born. Stay for the weekend with a variety of Day and Weekend Rover ticket packages also available.


Dickie Arbiter will discuss his memoir, On Duty with the Queen: My Time as a Buckingham Palace Press Secretary, offering a remarkable glimpse into the royal family’s lives as the Queen turns 90 this year. The 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth sees his official biographer, Donald Sturrock, share his exclusive access to Dahl’s revealing weekly letters written to his mother.


To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival delivers a special event in July, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration in association with the Royal Literary Fund featuring award-winning poets Jo Shapcott and Ruth Padel.


There’ll also be a focus on the sixties as a decade, particularly 1966, the year Harrogate International Festivals began. 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded – an era of revolutionary literature, radical politics, fashion and pop – is explored by author and broadcaster Jon Savage with fellow music journalist, Ben Thompson. It was of course, also the year England won the World Cup. Former BBC TV sports producer John Rowlinson tracks the triumphant journey to sporting glory, with his book, The Boys of 66: The Unseen Story Behind England’s World Cup Glory.


Gemma Rowland, Literature Festivals Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: “In 1966, Harrogate International Festivals was known as a festival of Science as well as Art, so we’ll be honouring that legacy too, from exploring Einstein’s Universe to A Space Traveller’s Guide to the Solar System. We hope audiences will go on an incredible adventure this July and dive in to the worlds of politics, music, poetry, economics and literature.”


The overarching theme of Harrogate International Festivals’ portfolio of music and literature festivals in July is ‘Discover, Explore, Experiment’.


Weekend and Day Rover tickets are available, alongside tickets for individual events, for the first time at this year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival. The thematic structure of the weekend invites audiences to immerse themselves in a full day of events with some big ideas, including a journey through health, science and nature on the Friday, a focus on discovering more about some of our musical and literary greats on the Saturday and an exploration into politics, economics and business on the Sunday, with some of the biggest names working in and writing about these areas today.


There’s also a chance to learn the art of whisky tasting and a workshop on the art of mindful Origami – the new trend for crafty calmness. The UK’s finest music writers including Mark Ellen and David Hepworth in Rock’n’Roll Confidential share stories around overrated superstars and nightmare interviews. The banking crisis is explored with Hugh Pym, and convicted murderer turned author and trustee of the Prison Reform Trust, Erwin James, looks at the power of redemption with his memoir, Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope.


Weekend Rover Tickets and Day Rover tickets start from £60; individual tickets are available from £9 upwards. Packages, including tickets and accommodation at the Crown Hotel, can also be booked through the Festivals Office and start from £429.



We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to hear JAMES NAUGHTIE on 10 July at 12pm. Click here to enter. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. Multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once and the prize cannot be exchanged for cash and does not include transport or accommodation. Draw closes on 24 June 2016. The winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants and will be notified by 29 June 2016.

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