By Rob O’Connor
2017 York Literature Festival Programming Director
The full programme for the 2017 York Literature Festival has now been released, with a wide variety of authors, artists, book readings, talks and events taking place across various venues in York between 16th and 30th March 2017.
There has been a dramatic change in the festival’s management structure this year following a successful application to the Charity Commission and the formation of a Board of Trustees. The result is the largest programme ever delivered, with more than 60 events in two weeks.
The 2017 festival programme starts with a special performance from Joanne Harris and the #Storytime Band in the magnificent setting of the De Grey Rooms. Other events include Mark Gatiss and Michael Palin, both appearing at York Grand Opera House on the same day, Sue Perkins at York Theatre Royal, Sarah Hall and Michel Faber at York St John University and Dan Cruickshank, Jonathan Dimbleby, Gervase Phinn and Christina Lamb at St Peter’s School. There is a special event involving the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017, including readings from Claire Fuller and Julia Rochester. The programme concludes with an audience with the Yorkshire Rows, who will tell us the story of their amazing Atlantic rowing challenge.
The programme also includes plenty of creative workshops, and an exclusive one-day conference on how to get published in association with Writers and Artists, an event which is being offered at a discounted rate for the York Literature Festival audience. Other workshops will focus on writing short stories, poetry, contemporary Gothic and a river walk and creative writing workshop afternoon. This year the festival has also joined up with Apples and Snakes, who will be running a selection of spoken word workshops and events.
This year sees the exciting introduction of the York Literature Festival HUB, an additional programme of events run by writing groups in the local area, all taking place within York Theatre Royal. The festival HUB will provide an extra dimension, showcasing some of the talent that York and the surrounding area has to offer. Full details of the HUB programme will be announced soon.
In regards to this year’s festival, Rob O’Connor said: “Once again, our thanks go to our headline sponsors, Baillie Gifford, and to our ever-expanding list of local partners: York St John University, St Peter’s School, Make It York, Explore York Libraries and Archives and York Theatre Royal, who are making a welcome return to the festival following their extensive renovations. We look forward to seeing you in March. Our Festival Team will be the ones in the blue t-shirts!”
About York Literature Festival
York Literature Festival began in 2007, and has grown steadily since then. Each year the festival features a range of diverse events for adults and children at venues all over the city. The programme includes author and speaker events, performances, workshops, poetry, theatre, cinema, reading groups, and any relevant literature-related artistic activity. Contributors to the Festival since 2007 include internationally respected names such as Simon Armitage, Kate Atkinson, Tony Benn, Tracy Chevalier, Jim Crace, Carol Ann Duffy, Germaine Greer, Alan Johnson, Joanne Harris, John Humphrys, Roger McGough, Jon McGregor, Ian McMillan, Andrew Motion, Peter Robinson, Will Self, Professor Robert Winston, Dame Jenni Murray, Dr David Starkey and Michael Portillo.
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Full details of events and ticket prices can be found at www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk.
For more information regarding this year’s festival please contact:
Rob O’Connor, email: email@example.com
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