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SCAR BOROUGH B OOK FESTIVAL

26 APR IL – 1 MAY

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I N F O R M AT I O N . . . HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS... Tickets are available from Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW. Tel 01723 370541 Online booking available through the SJT, Scarborough Spa and festival websites. OPENING HOURS Weekdays 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sat) Payments can be made by cash, cheque, credit or debit card. Telephone booking available. Please note: Festival tickets are not for sale from Scarborough Library. Please ensure you arrive on time for each event as late admittance is not permitted.

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Venues above are situated close to car parking facilities and are within walking distance of Scarborough town centre. Wykeham Abbey is 8 miles outside Scarborough.

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WELCOME

April heralds our fourth BOOKS BY THE BEACH festival. We’re delighted to bring a cornucopia of shining talent to Scarborough. This year we’re introducing top medical experts and scientists to share their knowledge. We’ve got gutsy ‘girl power’ with sports champions to inspire. Top novelists, crime and thriller writers rub shoulders with historians, musicians, poets and biographers. We’ve all things Victorian and a twist on Jane Austen. Debtors linger in the prison and Monet blossoms at the Art gallery. Poignancy in politics and war, and hot news at the press panel. There’s stargazing and tales from under the hammer at Christies, plus celebrity girls putting pens to paper. Food and drink events are ever popular and we’re increasing our range of venues. We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with The Stephen Joseph Theatre, who are hosting events in The Round and their own Bistro. We’ve also a unique tea party at Wykeham Abbey Old Kitchen. Beer tasting and themed events are complemented by beautiful local restaurant catering. A HUGE THANK YOU to all our wonderful authors, sponsors, partners, volunteers, and finally you the audience for your enduring support and enthusiasm. Let’s keep culture on the coast! Have fun at the festival and help us spread the word! Heather French and Peter Guttridge, festival directors. Brochure designed by Charlotte Middleton Website designed by Cup of Tea Productions

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WED 26 APRIL

JOANNA TROLLOPE City of Friends

TIME 10am – 11am PRICE £8.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Joanna Trollope is the author of twenty highly acclaimed novels, including Marrying The Mistress and Daughters In Law. Her latest is City Of Friends which she’ll be introducing today. Joanna was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, judged many other literature prizes and is an keen advocate for public libraries. We’re delighted Joanna has returned to open our 2017 festival.

WED 26 APRIL

DAISY GOODWIN VICTORIA

TIME 12.30pm – 1.30pm PRICE £12.00 (A copy of Daisy’s

book Victoria included in ticket price)

VENUE Scarborough Library

Concert Hall

Daisy Goodwin’s work as a TV producer and presenter includes Reader I Married Him and Bookworm. She is also creator of Grand Designs. Daisy reviews for The Times and writes a bibliotherapy column for The Daily Mail. Daisy will be talking about fact and fiction, reading from Queen Victoria’s diaries and showing clips from her hugely popular ITV series VICTORIA.

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WED 26 APRIL

ALISON WATT

A Play in a Prison Workshop TIME 2pm – 5pm PRICE £15.00 VENUE Scarborough Prison Prisons have long provided inspiration for playwrights. Come along to this tutor-supported, playwriting workshop to create your very own comedy, melodrama or hard-hitting drama based in that most claustrophobic of all settings, ‘the Clink’. Alison Watt has written professionally for EastEnders, Crossroads and Theatre. She is co-founder of Beach Hut Theatre Company and is a recipient of the 2016 WGFB Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Award. This venue does not have wheelchair access.

WED 26 APRIL

DAISY GOODWIN’s victorian tea Party TIME 3pm – 4.30pm PRICE £25.00 VENUE The Old Kitchen, Wykeham Abbey, Wykeham

It was the Victorians who first invented afternoon tea. But this is a tea party with a difference. Join ‘Victoria’ expert Daisy Goodwin in an exclusive setting. Daisy will be speaking about Victoria’s diaries and the woman behind the crown. A feast of sandwiches, pies, sponges and scones will be served at this event accompanied by Yorkshire tea, filter coffee and homemade lemonade. Quintessentially English! This venue does not have wheelchair access.

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WED 26 APRIL

John lewisstempel Where Poppies Grow

TIME 5.30pm – 6.30pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

This is the story of the British soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. The wonders of nature lifted their spirits, and reminded them of home. They went fishing, bird watching, and hunting. They planted flower beds in the trenches and vegetable gardens in their billets. John Lewis-Stempel is an award-winning writer who is predominantly known for his books on nature and history including bestselling The Running Hare. WED 26 APRIL

jerry white

Life In A Debtors’ Prison TIME Events at 6pm & 8pm PRICE £10.00 VENUE Scarborough Prison, Dean Road Depot

Professor Jerry White is a University of London lecturer and Wolfson history prize winner. His recent book is Mansions of Misery, a biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison. For many in the 18th and 19th centuries, debt was a part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you may be thrown into one of London’s most notorious jails: the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison, which housed many colourful unfortunates including Charles Dickens’ father. Tonight Jerry will be reliving their tales from Scarborough’s own atmospheric Victorian prison. This venue does not have wheelchair access.

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THU 27 APRIL

Wendy Moore

Mesmerism – medicine or myth..? TIME 10am – 11am PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Today we explore the progress of the medical world. We begin in the early 1800s when medicine was a brutal business. Wendy Moore’s The Mesmerist tells the story of John Elliotson, a brilliant doctor who introduced mesmerism – hypnotism – to Victorian Britain. Elliotson’s demonstrations of patients being mesmerised at University College Hospital, London, drew huge crowds of scientists, journalists and dignitaries. Eventually Elliotson’s colleagues began to ask questions and his brilliant career was in jeopardy. Wendy Moore is author of three other non-fiction titles including the Sunday Times no 1 bestseller, Wedlock. THU 27 APRIL

classical concert Stars and Stripes

TIME 12.30pm – 1.30pm PRICE Donation on the door VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

This year’s classical concert features words and music on an American theme written by Maria Billington. It stars American soprano Michelle Rothery, Violinist Phillip Mindenhall, Pianist Frank James and is narrated by Maria Billington herself. Some of the music included will be Gershwin, Cole Porter and a performance of Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland (from a special piece of music gifted by the composer himself!)

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THU 27 APRIL

HELENA KELLY

 

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Jane Austen, The Secret Radical. This event is sponsored by The Royal Literary Fund.

TIME 3pm – 4pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Helena Kelly holds degrees in Classics and English from Oxford and King’s College London. She has taught Jane Austen to hundreds of people, of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. But now in her first book Jane Austen, The Secret Radical Helena strips off everything we know, or thought we knew, about the author. The real world of immense social change is revealed and the revolutionary Jane Austen exposed...!

THU 27 APRIL

STEve WESTABY Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Tales

TIME 5.30pm – 6.30pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

The day his grandfather died, Steve Westaby vowed to become a heart surgeon. Today, as one of the world’s most eminent heart surgeons, Dr Steve Westaby shares the stories of the lives he has fought to save. Steve is renowned for being the first surgeon in history to fit a patient with a new type of artificial heart, claiming a place in medical history. During his 35 year career as a surgeon he has performed over 11,000 heart operations. An insight into the wonders of modern medicine.

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THU 27 APRIL

WOLD TOP BEER & greensmith nibbles TIME 7pm – 8.30pm PRICE £15.00 VENUE Greensmith & Thackwray, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough

After a mouthwatering first event last year, Wold Top are delighted to be working with the guys from Greensmith & Thackwray once again to create an evening of beer and food tasting. Food and beer pairing is a growing trend in the industry and both partners are keen to promote this locally. A smooth and relaxed end to the day. Cheers! Wheelchair access to event but toilets are located upstairs

FRI 28 APRIL

ALISON WATT

Creating a Costume Drama Workshop TIME 9am – 12noon PRICE £15.00 VENUE Crescent Hotel, The Crescent, Scarborough

Would you like to design your own Darcy? Or create a Cathy? Explore the spills and thrills of a ‘bodice-ripper’ or follow a deeper, more brooding intent - the tutor will support you realise your vision. Grab bonnets and canes and let us be off...to the 19th Century and beyond! This venue does not have wheelchair access.

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FRI 28 APRIL

POEMS TO MAKE GROWN WOMEN CRY Amnesty International Event TIME 10am – 11am PRICE Donation for Amnesty VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Amnesty International Scarborough group will be inviting local women to choose and read their favourite poem from the recently published Poems That Make Grown Women Cry. This follows on from readings of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry featured in 2015 festival.

FRI 28 APRIL

SALLEY VICKERS Literary Lunch

TIME 12.30pm – 3pm PRICE £28.00 VENUE Crescent Hotel, The Crescent, Scarborough

Salley Vickers is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels. She has worked as a university teacher of literature and as a psychoanalyst. Today she’ll be speaking about her new novel, Cousins. Told through the eyes of three women – a sister, grandmother and aunt, Cousins takes us from the outbreak of the Second World War to the present day, exploring tragedy, transgression, morality and love. This event includes a delicious three-course lunch with coffee/tea. This venue does not have wheelchair access.

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FRI 28 APRIL

Declan Murphy & Ami Rao Centaur: A jockey’s tale

TIME 5.30pm – 6.30pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a 1994 race at Haydock Park. Declan was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post published his obituary. Miraculously, he survived and eighteen months later saddled up for one more race. As usual, he won. For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell what happened. But now writer Ami Rao has helped him find the words and together they’ve unlocked his extraordinary story.

Today's stage runs from Bridlington to Scarborough, finishing at our own North Bay! A fantastic sporting day – meeting sports stars beside the sea.

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FRI 28 APRIL

FOUR MUMS IN A BOAT

The Champion Rowers who crossed the Atlantic TIME 7.30pm – 9pm PRICE £12.00 VENUE The Spa Theatre Meet the four working Yorkshire mums who made history by crossing the Atlantic in 67 days and picking up a record along the way as the oldest women to row any ocean. The champion team comprises of Janette Benaddi – a clinical researcher, Helen Butters – a communications expert in the NHS, Frances Davies – a solicitor, Niki Doeg – business owner. A true tale of heroism, humour, determination and Yorkshire grit! A festival in partnership highlight!

SAT 29 APRIL

ANNE SEBBA

The Parisiennes Books By The Beach Breakfast Event TIME 9.30am – 11am PRICE £15.00 VENUE Palm Court Hotel What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949 when life-and-death decisions were made every day? In the darkest moments of Occupation, glamour was ever present and sex became currency. How did women who lived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions? Join top historian Anne Sebba for a French style breakfast where all will be revealed...

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SAT 29 APRIL

SHELlSHOCK Taylor Downing, Simon Wessely & Allan Mallinson

TIME 1pm – 2pm PRICE £8.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

As the Battle of the Somme raged on in 1916, a number of men began displaying symptoms of nervous disorder. The official response was unsympathetic. Historian and film producer Taylor Downing (author of Breakdown: The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme), joins President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and  advisor to the British Army, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, to  discuss our improved understanding of post-traumatic stress. Chaired by former soldier and The Times historian of the First World War, Allan Mallinson (author of Too Important for the Generals: Losing and Winning the First World War). SAT 29 APRIL

LOUISE DOUGHTY & ERIN KELLY Thriller Girls

TIME 3pm – 4pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Louise Doughty is the author of eight novels, most recently Black Water, published in 2016 to critical acclaim. Her previous book was the Top Ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard, adapted for BBC One as a four-part series starring Emily Watson. Erin Kelly is the author of five thrillers including The Poison Tree, which became a major ITV drama in 2013. He Said/She Said is Erin’s latest with time shifts, plot twists and alternating narrators.

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SAT 29 APRIL

HELEN CZERSKI

Storm in a Teacup – Physics of Everyday Life! TIME 5pm – 6pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Patterns we see around us are universal. By linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests, and ketchup bottles to aliens in space, Helen Czerski demonstrates how every thread we pull in the fabric of our daily lives reveals something new about patterns of our world and how it works. Helen is a lecturer at University College London and regularly presents BBC programmes on physics. SAT 29 APRIL

ADELE PARKS & VICKY PATTISON Girls’ Night Out!

TIME 7pm – 8.15pm PRICE £10.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Adele Parks worked in advertising until she published her first novel in 2000. Since then, her many Sunday Times bestsellers have been translated into twenty-six different languages. Adele works closely with The Reading Agency to encourage adult literacy. Vicky Pattison’s autobiography, Nothing but the Truth, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. She is one of the original Geordie Shore cast and won the nation’s hearts when crowned Queen of the Jungle in I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. Tonight they will be talking about their newly released novels. Here come the girls!

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SUN 30 APRIL

CELEBRITY SUNDAY PAPERS Helen Czerski & Alan Johnson

TIME 10am – 11am PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Helen Czerski top female scientist may be searching for new discoveries, Alan Johnson MP may be looking for political pointers or both may scour the papers for the humorous headlines... Allan Mallinson, historical writer and critic will chair. Listen to what’s hot from the press and chance to have your say too!

SUN 30 APRIL

ROSS KING

Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies TIME 11.30am – 12.30pm PRICE £8.00 VENUE Scarborough Art Gallery

Join best-selling author and Art historian Ross King to learn the full history of Claude Monet’s beloved water lily paintings and the fascinating story of the last decade of his life. Using letters and memoirs Ross reveals a more complex and intimate Monet than has ever before been portrayed. Wheelchair access but toilets are located upstairs.

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SUN 30 APRIL

GERVASE PHINN The School Inspector Calls! TIME 1pm – 2pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Gervase Phinn is a teacher, lecturer, author, poet, educational consultant and Yorkshire’s favourite school inspector. Today he’s crossing ‘hill and dale’ to visit Scarborough. Gervase will be entertaining us all with tales from his latest title, Secrets at the Little Village School. Number 5 in the Barton in the Dale series is filled with friendship, love, hidden secrets and of course a large dose of village drama. Fun and laughter guaranteed! SUN 30 APRIL

ALAN JOHNSON

The Long and Winding Road TIME 3pm – 4pm PRICE £8.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Alan Johnson is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010, and until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. His first book, This Boy, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Orwell Prize in 2013. His second, Please Mister Postman, won the National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2014. The third volume of Alan’s memoirs takes us to the corridors of Westminster – to Labour’s electoral victory in 1997 and Alan’s appointment as Home Secretary. Travel with Alan on his extraordinary journey down The Long and Winding Road...

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SUN 30 APRIL

BARRY FORSHAW

American Noir & an ‘EAT ME CAFE’ Taste of the USA TIME 4.30pm – 6pm PRICE £22.00 VENUE Stephen Joseph Theatre Bistro

Barry Forshaw’s new book, American Noir, concentrates on modern US crime writers, films and TV, and he’s met every current writer from James Patterson to Patricia Cornwell. But he also has stories about the filmmakers and directors of the past he’s talked to, from Lauren Bacall to Alfred Hitchcock! Mouthwatering American light bites from EAT ME CAFE served between Barry’s fascinating tales. Why not dress up for the occasion? Gangster costume welcome!

SUN 30 APRIL

HARRIET WALTER

Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women TIME 7pm – 8pm PRICE £10.00 VENUE The Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round

Dame Harriet Walter is an award-winning actor, known for her extensive stage work – both in classical and new plays – and screen credits such as Atonement, Downton Abbey, Law and Order: UK and The Crown. She is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and will be talking in The Round about her new book Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women. A festival in partnership highlight!

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MON 1 MAY

DENISE WELCH

If They Could See Me Now TIME 10am – 11am PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Denise Welch is a TV presenter and author of two Sunday Times best-selling autobiographies. Her many credits include Coronation Street, Soldier Soldier, Waterloo Road and Boy Meets Girl. Denise was a panelist on popular daytime show Loose Women for several years and is an accomplished theatre actor. Today she talks about her debut novel, If They Could See Me Now.

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GARY FILDES

An Astronomer’s Tale TIME 1pm – 2pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Sponsored by Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society. A former Sunderland bricklayer, Gary Fildes is founder and lead astronomer of Kielder Observatory. It receives over 20,000 visitors a year, with its mission to educate, inspire and enthuse the public. In 2012 Gary was given an honorary master’s degree from Durham University in recognition of his services to astronomy. He is currently leading a multimillion-pound fundraising drive to make Kielder the world’s biggest public observatory. Come and share the stargazing!

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MARK BILlINGHAM & STUART HAMILTON Forensics and Felony!

© Charlie Hopkinson

TIME 3pm – 4pm PRICE £8.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Crime writer Mark Billingham began his career as actor and stand up comedian. Mark’s books are published in more than 25 countries and have sold over 5 million copies. The new Tom Thorne novel, Love Like Blood is out in June and his thriller In The Dark screened on BBC1 later this year. Dr Stuart Hamilton is a forensic pathologist whose main role is to perform autopsies in cases of suspicious death. Stuart has advised for many TV series including Midsomer Murders, Casualty, New Tricks and Silent Witness. Forensic and felony experts compare notes!

MON 1 MAY

CHARLES HINDLIP Life at Christies as an Auctioneer

TIME 6pm – 7pm PRICE £7.00 VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Giant of the London art market, Lord Charles Hindlip presided over auction house Christies during a time of great excitement in the art world from 1960s to early 80s. His story charts such extraordinary highs as the sale of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for a then world-record sum. A priceless finale.

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A HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors and supporters!

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A huge thank you to our new patron...

We are delighted to welcome Helen Boaden, Outgoing Director of BBC Radio, as the festival’s new patron. Helen appeared at Books by the Beach in 2015 and has strong ties to Scarborough. She is keen to help us keep Scarborough on the literary map and we’re excited she’s joined our team.


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