Raworth Harrogate Literature Festival is a hit with book lovers

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival - Raworths' Partners Simon Morris (Head of Corporate) and Deborah Boylan (Head of Employment) with CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, Sharon Canavar (centre).
Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival - Raworths' Partners Simon Morris (Head of Corporate) and Deborah Boylan (Head of Employment) with CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, Sharon Canavar (centre).

It’s the second year Raworths has sponsored Harrogate Literature Festival and it’s already become a hot ticket on the national festival circuit thanks to its stellar line-up of literary names in an intimate setting.

Held in the Edwardian grandeur in the town’s St George Hotel, this exciting weekend of literary events which runs from July 10-13 , is full of inspiring talks and stimulating debate - all in a connvivial atmosphere.

The wide-ranging programme is perfect for all types of book lovers, from the opening event with BBC Radio 4’s Viv Groskop to the closing one with acting great Timothy West.

Saturday highlights include actor Stephen Tompkinson and author Peter Robinson with the executive producer of Left Bank Pictures on a DCI Banks from Page to Screen special.

One Show reporter Jay Rayner promises empowering advice for women from the Financial Times’ Mrs Moneypenny

On Sunday, Simon Garfield - who performed with a host of stars including Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Evans at one of the fastest selling events at the Hay Festival - will be in Harrogate exploring what it is exactly that makes language so memorable, alongside bestselling author and word expert, Mark Forsyth.

Top it all off with one of the UK’s most renowned actors as Sir Timothy West is joined by violinist Matthew Trusler and pianist Martin Roscoe in ‘The Pity of War’ on Sunday evening at 8pm.