So in April it’s time to head to the seaside.
Now firmly fixed on the book festival scene it’s time for the 5th Books by the Beach festival. One of things I have become accustomed to over the years is the fact that the programme is always varied with something for everyone.
The festival goes from strength to strength each year.
whilst the majority of events take place at the library as befits a book festival, Scarborough is known for having events at different places, this year including the wonderful St Mary’s Church where Anne Bronte is buried and the world famous Stephen Joseph theatre.
There will be literary breakfasts, lunches and dinners (tea for those of us from Yorkshire) with Diane Atkinson, Ben Aaronovitch, Rosie Millard & great festival supporter David Hewson.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday 11 April with Natalie Hayes ending on Sunday 15th with actress Ruth Jones in between there is a veritable feast for any book lover.
My personal highlights which I am looking forward to are Robert Goddard (Thursday 12th), Denise Mina and Saul David (Friday 13th), Tony Parsons (Saturday 14th) I am a huge fan of the Max Wolfe novels so really excited for this event, then for Sunday what a treat Stella Rimington, followed by Joanne Harris and the storytime band, followed by George Costigan, Roberts Daws and Hugh Fraser, then a quick dash to the SJT to see Ruth Jones, in between I may have time for some food.
I am sure I may fit in a few more events. I enjoy going to the different events hearing interesting talks and then buying books that I would not normally read, it’s always good to enhance your reading, last year on the spur of the moment went to the event with Ami Rao and Declan Murphy heard amoving talk and ended up reading a most inspirational book which ended up in my top 10.
One of the best things about the festival is the fact that we have two of the best moderators going in Peter Guttridge and crime aficionado Barry Forhsaw, both now honorary Scarborians.
Festival director Heather French has put together a great programme and her hard work is to be applauded
So come to Scarborough take in the bracing seaside air, take a walk on the beach, visit the castle, eat candy floss take a donkey ride, sample the great beers from the Wold Top Brewery you’ll have a great time, plus I’ll be there, so no excuses
Roll on April
Tickets are now on sale.