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THE LONG WEEKEND 12th – 15th April 2012

Susan Hill

Downton Abbey Roy Hattersley

Survive the Titanic Andy Kershaw

Life of Dickens Joan Bakewell

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HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS Tickets available from Scarborough Tourist Information Centre, Brunswick Centre, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1UE t: 01723 372075 Opening hours Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm (also from April: Sunday 10.30am – 4pm) Payment can be made by cash, cheque, (payable to Scarborough Borough Council), credit or debit card. 10% student discount available on production of student card. Telephone booking available.

Please note: Tickets are required for free teen events and can be obtained from Scarborough Tourist Information Centre. Festival tickets are not for sale from Scarborough Library and Information Centre. Please ensure you arrive on time for each event as late admittance is not permitted. Due to popular demand tickets will be limited to 4 per person for Literary Lunches and 2 per person for Patricia Duncker Writers’ Day and workshops. Tickets for Festival Fringe events available at individual venues.


Welcome to The Long Weekend‌ In our sixth year we are thrilled to showcase another star studded line-up. Meet well known faces from TV and Radio. Choose politics, history and science or investigate the darker side of fiction. Test your knowledge at our Literary Quiz or be inspired by our writer in residence. From stately homes to freezing zones...


Let our programme tickle your taste buds this April! Festival at a Glance Catch up with Kate Atkinson Credits Writer in Residence Thursday 12th April Friday 13th April Saturday 14th April Sunday 15th April Festival Fringe

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Susan Hill



Writers’ Day with Patricia Duncker

Patricia Duncker ‘Getting Started’ Workshop


Concert – Music of Max Jaffa


Joan Bakewell


Philip Eade – Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life


Literary Lunch at the Crescent Hotel with Barry Forshaw


Bloody Women! – S.J. Bolton, Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid


Adam Hart-Davis


Patricia Duncker Classics Lecture


Michael Slater – The Life and Work of Dickens


Horrible Science Family Event


Marina Lewycka


Emotional Flashpoints in Fiction with Kathy Lette, Jojo Moyes and Rosie Thomas


Festival Quiz with Peter Guttridge


Patricia Duncker ‘Getting Started’ Workshop


Valerie Wood – Yorkshire Writing


Literary Lunch at the Crescent Hotel with Peter James


Harry Gration


Cynthia Harrod-Eagles



Patricia Duncker Poetry Workshop

Frances Wilson – How to Survive the Titanic


Roy Hattersley



Crime in a Cold Climate – Peter James, Hakan Nesser and Barry Forshaw

Franny Moyle – Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde


Andy Kershaw


Festival Finale – Jessica Fellowes – The World of Downton Abbey

Authors will be available for book signing after each event. A large print version of this programme is available to be downloaded from the Festival website.


CATCH UP WITH KATE ATKINSON Patron of Scarborough Literature Festival

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The Yorkshire coastline, its communities and landscape has inspired so many writers over the years. For me, it has a special place in my heart. I spent many family holidays here as a child and lived for some time in Whitby. I still return here regularly with my own family. The rich and varied programme of events presented by the Scarborough Literature Festival this year is testament to the great team who have worked so hard to establish the weekend as a highlight in the literary calendar. There is something for everyone to discover here, and I hope it will in turn prove inspirational too. Find out more about Kate at

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The sixth Scarborough Literature Festival would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their help and support: Woodend Creative Workspace, Yorkshire Coast Festivals Association, The Crescent Hotel, Rollercoastival, Scarborough Archaeological Society, Scarborough Film Society, Scarborough Jazz Club, Waterstones Booksellers, Times Literary Supplement, W Boyes & Co Ltd, Tourist Information Centre, Don French Signs, Scarborough Borough Council Parks and Countryside Services, Liv Cawston Photography, Ben Vickers, Create and 4Youth. A special big thank you to the staff and volunteers at Scarborough Library who make the event possible.

WRITER IN RESIDENCE Patricia Duncker We are delighted to welcome Patricia Duncker as our 2012 writer in residence.

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Patricia is the author of Hallucinating Foucault, winner of the McKitterick Prize and the Dillons First Fiction Award. She also wrote James Miranda Barry, The Deadly Space Between and Miss Webster and Chérif. Her fifth novel, The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge was shortlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger award for the Best Crime Novel of the Year and the Green Carnation Award. She has published two collections of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana’s Lemon Trees and Seven Tales of Sex and Death, all of which have been widely translated. Her critical work includes essays on writing, theory and literature. She is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester. Her presence will be an inspiration to budding writers.

“Beginning a piece of writing is like undertaking a journey where everything matters – the map, or the lack of obvious directions, the risk, the excitement, the dangers and the triumphant arrival!”

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THURSDAY 12TH APRIL | 10.00am – 4.00pm Writers’ Day with Patricia Duncker FICTION: WORK IN PROGRESS Venue: The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough. Price: £40 including buffet lunch Are you writing a long work of fiction? Or a collection of stories? And do you need help with structure? Or advice on plot, or how not to have a plot? Setting? Descriptive writing? Endings? How do you edit your own work? And how can you know if it’s finished? This all-day workshop is designed to help you find new ways of tackling your difficulties. What is your book about? Bring an A4 sheet with your outline describing what your book is about and the first few pages. 20 places available. FRIDAY 13TH APRIL AND SATURDAY 14TH APRIL | 10.00am – 1.00pm GETTING STARTED (Beginners Workshops) Venue: The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough. Price: £20 per session, coffee or tea provided. Have you always wanted to write, but never had the confidence to do so? This workshop will help you find the ways to begin and to explore the forms and registers that best suit you. Bring pencils and paper and be prepared to play very serious – and not so serious – games with words. 20 places available per session FRIDAY 13TH APRIL | 2.30pm – 4.30pm POETRY WORKSHOP Venue: The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough. Price: £15 The very first poems that we hear are often nursery rhymes, which have quite formal structures, a narrative of sorts, and sometimes a chorus. In this workshop we shall be enjoying the pleasures of form and celebrating the magical power of language that has been given a shape. Absolute beginners welcome! 20 places available. SATURDAY 14TH APRIL | 2.30pm – 4.30pm RE-READING CLASSICS LECTURE Venue: The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough. Price: £8 ‘The fair unknown’. Re-reading Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Anne Brontë is the unfairly neglected and often unknown third sister in the writing partnerships at Haworth Parsonage. Patricia’s lecture, followed by discussion and consideration of the BBC adaptation offers a radical reassessment of Anne Brontë’s moral masterpiece, a tale of passion, degradation, violence and betrayal. This discussion will be chaired by Peter Guttridge. 30 places available.



Thursday 12th April | 10.00am

SUSAN HILL Sponsored by Friends of Scarborough Library

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VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £5

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We are honoured to welcome prize winning author Susan back to her home town. Susan’s novels and short stories have won many awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is the creator of over fifty books including the six Serrailler crime novels. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it has also recently been made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe. At this opening event Susan will give a special talk covering her glittering writing career. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet Scarborough’s own top writer.

Thursday 12th April | 12.30pm Friends of Scarborough Library present THE VINCENT BILLINGTON MEMORIAL CONCERT: The Max Jaffa Story VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE Donation on the door

The Max Jaffa Story written by Vincent Billington today features Phillip Mindenhall (violin) Martin Hewitt (musical director) and Maria Billington (narrator). This is a tribute to the legendary violinist in this centenary year of the Spa Orchestra. Max Jaffa graced the Scarborough Spa and the BBC for many years. Vincent Billington who has written his life story was Max Jaffas pianist fot 12 years at the Spa and on the BBC. They also travelled the world together. In this programme we will hear many of Max Jaffa’s beautiful solos and the music the Spa orchestra would have played. Don’t forget to visit our new festival website



Thursday 12th April | 3.00pm PHILIP EADE Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life hosted by Peter Guttridge

VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £4

Philip Eade is the author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters: An Outrageous Englishwoman and Her Lost Kingdom, and Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life, which was a Sunday Times bestseller. Both books were critically acclaimed and chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the ten best biographies of the year. At this event Philip will be talking to host and festival friend Peter Guttridge about Young Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh turned 90 in 2011 and Philip Eade’s wryly amusing biography alerts us to the quirks of this most famous Royal. Novelist and critic Peter Guttridge is a Scarborough Literature Festival regular. He is the author of ten novels – most recently The Thing Itself, the final part of his Brighton trilogy – and the definitive non-fiction account of The Great Train Robbery. As a festival host he has interviewed scores of celebrity writers.

Enter the Prince’s turbulent childhood to understand his resilience and the reasons behind his sometimes eccentric characteristics. A must see! Find out more about Philip at


Thursday 12th April | 5.00pm BLOODY WOMEN! S.J. Bolton and Ann Cleeves

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chaired by Val McDermid

VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £6

Sharon’s books have been shortlisted for several international awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger and (three years running) the Mary Higgins Clark award for best thriller. Her latest book, Dead Scared is published in April. Sharon lives with her family in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford.

Ann Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black.

This event will be chaired by Val McDermid who is a prolific crime writer and best known by TV audiences for her Wire in the Blood series. She is also a regular broadcaster with BBC Radio and has won numerous awards for her writing. Recent publication of The Retribution marks a quarter century of crime writing.

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Ann lives in North Tyneside. The novels in Ann’s Vera Stanhope series are all now major ITV productions.

Val’s fans may not know that Val is a lifelong Raith Rovers Football Club supporter and Director. Today she will referee the ‘Bloody Women’!


Thursday 12th April | 7.30pm MICHAEL SLATER – The Life and Work of Dickens hosted by James Nash VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £5

On the bicenterary of Charles Dickens’ birth we are delighted to host a celebration of the man and his work. Tonight Michael Slater will be speaking to James Nash about the life and times of probably Britain’s most celebrated writer.

James Nash author and poet, has been Writer in Residence for organisations as diverse as the National Library for the Blind and HM Prison Wakefield. In October 2011, his latest collection Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets was published by Scarborough’s very own Valley Press. James has developed a secondary career hosting literary events around the country. Find out more about James at

Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London and the author of a number of books on Dickens including Dickens and Women. His most recent publications are Charles Dickens and The Genius of Dickens. As a leading expert, Michael will guide us through the master’s fiction and journalism. This evening will give us a detailed portrait of the writer and a fascinating flavour of the times he inhabited.

Friday 13th April | 10.30am

VALERIE WOOD – Yorkshire Writing hosted by Peter Guttridge VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £4

Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire and is an awardwinning author of 19th century romantic historical novels which are set in the Yorkshire Ridings. During her childhood, family holidays were spent in Scarborough where her paternal grandparents lived. Val remembers the long sunny days where, with her Scarborough cousins, they searched for crabs in the rock pools.

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Val’s first novel The Hungry Tide won the first Catherine Cookson Prize. She has since written sixteen best selling novels, number seventeen is The Harbour Girl, set in Scarborough and Hull. Today Val will be talking about writing in a Yorkshire setting.



Friday 13th April | 12.00noon LITERARY LUNCH WITH PETER JAMES – Crime by the Sea VENUE The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough RUNNING TIME 2 1/2 hours PRICE £19.50

We are delighted to welcome prize winning crime writer and present chair of the Crime Writer’s Assocation, Peter James to Scarborough. Peter James is perhaps best known for his Roy Grace series set in Brighton. His seventh Roy Grace novel, Dead Man’s Grip was Number One on the Sunday Times bestseller lists and spent 16 weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten.

A ticket for this event includes a three-course lunch with coffee or tea to follow. Please be seated by 11.45am.

Peter has developed a close working relationship with the Sussex Police and he regularly attends international police conferences to ensure he is at the cutting-edge of investigative work. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting. Today he will be talking about the popularity of crime novels featuring our great British coastline.

Friday 13th April | 12.30pm

CYNTHIA HARROD-EAGLES hosted by James Nash VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE ÂŁ4

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles won the Young Writer’s Award in 1972 with her first novel, The Waiting Game. Afterwards she had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, beginning as sales manager for the Coca-Cola Company in Edinburgh, and ending up as pensions officer for the BBC in London, while writing during the evenings. The birth of the Morland Dynasty series enabled her to become a full-time writer in 1979. The series was originally intended to comprise 12 volumes, but it has proved so popular that it has now been extended to 34.

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In 1993 she won the RNA Novel of the Year Award with Emily, the third volume of her Kirov Saga, set in 19th Century Russia. Cynthia is also the author of the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider Mysteries. She is celebrating her birthday with us all in Scarborough today.



Friday 13th April | 3.00pm

ROY HATTERSLEY VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £5

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We are delighted to welcome Yorkshire born politician and journalist Roy Hattersley to Scarborough. Roy has been a socialist and Labour supporter from his youth, electioneering at the age of 12 for his local MP. Roy became the MP himself for Birmingham Sparkbrook in 1964. He served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992 and spent 21 years in opposition. He is now a life peer. Roy is the author of many books including three novels, Buster’s Diaries and biographies. He also writes a regular column, for the Daily Mail. Today he will be talking about his latest work, David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider. Don’t forget to visit our new festival website

David Lloyd George was the great radical of British history. Until last year, Lloyd George was the only Prime Minister to have led a peacetime coalition. He presided over a government dominated by his political enemies. It survived for as long as the arrangement was convenient to the Tory Party. Mirroring the current political situation this promises to be a fascinating event.


Friday 13th April | 5.00pm CRIME IN A COLD CLIMATE! Peter James and Hakan Nesser

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chaired by Barry Forshaw

VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £6

Peter James is the son of Cornelia James, the former glove maker to the Queen. He is a crime author, screen writer and film producer. In 1994 Penguin published his novel, Host on two floppy discs as The World’s First Electronic Novel. According to Peter, it caused huge controversy and he was pilloried on the Radio 4 Today Programme for attempting to destroy the novel! Find out more about Peter at

Hakan Nesser is one of Sweden’s most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren. This series is published in over 25 countries and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Hakan started writing while working as a teacher. He lives in Uppsala with his wife and two sons and spends part of each year in the UK. Find out more about Hakan at

Why is Scandinavian crime suddenly hot property? Our panel will discuss the differences between the British and Scandinavian approach to this popular genre. Hosted by Barry Forshaw – crime critic and expert in this field.


Friday 13th April | 7.30pm

ANDY KERSHAW – No Off Switch! hosted by Peter Guttridge

VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £6

Andy Kershaw truly has no off switch! Already he’s lived ten lives to everyone else’s one. As a teenager, he was promoting major rock gigs. He was Billy Bragg’s driver and roadie one day and presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid the next. A born rebel and a maverick, he’s combined his passion for music with a lunatic curiosity. He has an instinct for frontline journalism, reporting for the BBC and the broadsheets from the world’s extreme countries – from Iraq to North Korea.

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Whether it applies to foreign adventures, romances, motorcycles, nervous breakdowns or relationships with a piece of music, Andy has always lived by his most reliable maxim: If you’re going to have one, have a big one.

Saturday 14th April | 10.30am

JOAN BAKEWELL hosted by Peter Guttridge

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VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £5

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For women of all generations, Joan Bakewell is an inspiration. She is a prolific journalist, a vigorous campaigner for the rights of older people and a life peer. Joan has been a household name since the Sixties when she first presented the pioneering BBC2 programme Late Night Line-Up. Later Joan was the main presenter of the documentary series Heart of the Matter which ran from 1988 to 2000. In addition to her careers in journalism and broadcasting, Joan is also a respected author and will be talking to Peter Guttridge about her fiction and autobiographical work. “We live in an overwhelmingly congenial culture, a place where music and creativity, food and fashion, holidays and pleasures attend on every hand.”



Saturday 14th April | 12.00noon LITERARY LUNCH WITH BARRY FORSHAW – A to Z of Crime! VENUE The Crescent Hotel, Scarborough RUNNING TIME 2 1/2 hours PRICE £19.50

Barry Forshaw’s latest book is Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction. This work is the perfect readers’ guide to the hottest strand of crime fiction today and an overview of the people, politics, and landscapes from which it emerged. Barry also wrote the first UK biography of Stieg Larsson, The Man Who Left Too Soon.

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His next books are British Crime Film and a study of Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs. His other work centres on British crime writing, Italian cinema and Film Noir. Barry has also written for various national newspapers, and is a talking head for ITV and BBC TV documentaries. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and edits Crime Time. At this event Barry will be taking diners through the crime alphabet – course by course.

Saturday 14th April | 12.30pm

ADAM HART-DAVIS VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE Adults £5 / Children £3. Not suitable for children under 10.

Adam Hart-Davis is a freelance writer, broadcaster and familiar face on TV. He has collected various awards for both television and radio, as well as two medals and 14 honorary doctorates.

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Today Adam will be speaking about time. From water clocks to atomic chronometers, people have always tried to keep track of time, while wondering what it is, and why women, plants and fish have cycles linked to the moon. How can a jellyfish sting you in less than a microsecond, although you won’t feel the pain for a million times longer? Does time really slow down when you are bored and speed up in emergencies? Was there a beginning of time, and will there be an end? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed...



Saturday 14th April | 5.00pm

MARINA LEWYCKA hosted by James Nash VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE ÂŁ5

Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, at the end of World War II and now lives in Sheffield. Her first novel, The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was published when she was 58 years old, and went on to sell a million copies in more than 30 languages. Marina’s second novel, Two Caravans was short-listed for the George Orwell prize for political writing. Today she will be talking to James Nash about her latest work, Various Pets Alive and Dead. Regular festival goers will remember when Marina joined us for a Literary Lunch in 2008. We are delighted to welcome her back to Scarborough. Find out more about Marina at


Saturday 14th April | 7.30pm

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hosted by James Nash

VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 90mins PRICE £6 including complimentary refreshments

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EMOTIONAL FLASHPOINTS IN FICTION Kathy Lette, Jojo Moyes and Rosie Thomas

Kathy Lette has a high public profile that ranges from appearances on Loose Women and BBC Breakfast to Newsnight and Sky News. Famous for her comic novels that speak directly to women her latest novel, The Boy Who Fell to Earth brings far more than her trademark humour. Tonight Kathy will be speaking about her own emotional flashpoint – her personal experiences of Asperger’s and how it helped shape this work.

Jojo Moyes is a prize winning novelist and journalist and worked at The Independent for ten years. Tonight Jojo talks about finding love in unlikely circumstances which is the subject of her latest book, Me Before You. This is a heartbreaking yet uplifting tale about the relationship between a quadriplegic man and his carer. Jojo’s most powerful book yet has been selected for the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club.

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Rosie Thomas has written 20 novels in a career spanning 30 years and her latest is The Kashmir Shawl. This evening she will be speaking on empty nesters and relationships past 60. When she is not writing Rosie enjoys travelling and mountaineering. She has climbed the Alps and Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time in Antarctica and travelled the silk road through Asia.


Saturday 14th April | 7.30pm

FESTIVAL BOOK QUIZ WITH PETER GUTTRIDGE VENUE Scarborough Lending Library RUNNING TIME 90mins PRICE £3 per person (max of 4 per team)

Come along to the Festival Book Quiz for a chance to win the title of Festival Champions and a variety of book prizes. Teams can be up to 4 – make up your own or come along and join with others to form a top team! Do you know your D’Arcy from your D’Artagnan? Your Wexford from your Wessex? Would you recognise a writer if you saw her in a police line-up? How are you on famous first lines? Famous last lines? You liked the film but do you know what book it’s based on?

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Potboilers and poetry, bestsellers and Booker prize winners – they’re all here in the Festival Book Quiz. Your Quiz Inquisitor? Novelist, critic and Festival regular Peter Guttridge, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of books and writers means he should definitely have been getting out more.

Sunday 15th April | 10.30am


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hosted by James Nash

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VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £5

Viewers of BBC’s Look North will instantly recognise the household name of Harry Gration. This popular TV personality never hesitated when asked to come along to his favourite seaside town. Before his career in media, Harry taught history. During his holidays he reported on sport for BBC Radio Leeds and Humberside. His natural talent was soon spotted and he took a gamble, giving up the teaching for a three-month contract as sports editor of Radio Leeds. There was no stopping him and he became a regular reporter and commentator for the BBC’s Olympics and Commonwealth Games coverage, travelling the world with his profession. Harry has presented Grandstand and Sportsnight and won two Royal Television Society Awards for sports documentaries. Harry will be talking to James Nash about his passion for sport.



Sunday 15th April | 12.30pm

FRANCES WILSON – How to Survive the Titanic hosted by Peter Guttridge

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VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £4

Sunday 15th April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. Woodend Creative Workspace will be displaying a rare officers jacket, almost identical to the one worn by E J Smith, the Titanic’s ill-fated captain. This historic relic will be on display throughout April.

Frances Wilson – author, critic, and journalist will speak about her latest epic – How to Survive the Titanic. When the Titanic hit an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and a thousand men prepared to die, J Bruce Ismay, the ship’s owner and inheritor of the White Star fortune, jumped into a lifeboat with the women and children and rowed away to safety. Accused of cowardice and first victim of a press hate campaign, his reputation was in tatters. Ismay never spoke of his beloved ship again. With the help of that great narrator of the sea, Joseph Conrad, whose Lord Jim so uncannily predicted Ismay’s fate – Frances Wilson explores the reasons behind Ismay’s jump, his desperate need to make sense of the horror of it all, and to find a way of living with lost honour. A fascinating centenary event!

Sunday 15th April | 3.00pm FRANNY MOYLE Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde hosted by James Nash

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VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £4

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Educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, Franny Moyle has played a key role in the BBC’s arts programming, most recently as Commissioner of Arts and Culture across the BBC’s four main channels. She has now left to pursue her own projects and is a freelance executive producer, handling some of their major cultural series. Today Franny will be speaking about her latest work Constance which tells the scandalous story of the decadent and thrilling world of Oscar Wilde’s wife. With exclusive access to more than 300 of Constance’s unpublished letters, this is a compelling tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing. Come along and discover key revelations about a woman who was the unfortunate victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.



Sunday 15th April | 5.00pm

FESTIVAL FINALE Jessica Fellowes and The World of Downton Abbey hosted by Peter Guttridge VENUE Scarborough Library Concert Hall RUNNING TIME 60mins PRICE £5





What could be more topical than ‘The World of Downton Abbey’...?

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Jessica Fellowes is the Number One bestselling author of this work, based on the hit ITV series. Formerly the Deputy Editor of Country Life, she has also been a columnist for the London Paper – her columns formed the basis of her book Mud and the City: Dos and Don’ts for Townies in the Country. She also writes for the Daily Telegraph, The Lady and Sunday Times Style. Don’t miss a fascinating insight into this elegant yet decadent sphere of period drama. Jessica will speak about the romance and rivalry of that historical period and the differences of Upstairs/Downstairs life.


YORKSHIRE BOOK DAY If you enjoy the Scarborough Literature Festival you will also be interested in another live literature event being held later this year. Yorkshire Book Day, Thursday 2nd August, is part of the Festival of Yorkshire to be held in Scarborough from 1st to 5th August 2012. It will feature a selection of Yorkshire authors who have a family appeal. These will include Mike Pannett, Craig Bradley, Penny Dolan, Andy Seed and Malcolm Rose. Covering subjects from Yorkshire life to forensic science, poetry to policing – there will be something for everyone. For further information and ticket enquiries please contact 0845 034 9516 or email


FESTIVAL FRINGE ANDREW MOTION – Silver, Return to Treasure Island TUESDAY 20th MARCH | 2.30pm – 3.30pm Royal Hotel, Prince Regent Room – £10 Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate (1999 – 2009). He reads from his latest book of poems, The Cinder Path and his acclaimed autobiography In the Blood – a Memoir of My Childhood. Andrew will also answer questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate. Book signing will take place after the event. Booking essential (by phone on 01723 374 753)

The Crick Crack Club presents... FAIRY TALES FOR GROWN UPS: The Grateful & the Dead with Ben Haggarty PERSIAN MAGIC: The Shahnameh with Xanthe Gresham SATURDAY 31st MARCH | 7.30pm Scarborough Library Concert Hall. (Suitable for 12yrs +) Child/Adult £3 (Booking essential through the Tourist Information Centre)) World renowned for his dynamic and challenging performances, allow Ben Haggarty to lure you into the richly metaphorical world of fairytales for grown-ups. Dark, beautiful and startling by turn, this is a story of dreams, initiations and the repayment of debts – a journey from innocence to experience, which delves into a disconcertingly familiar narrative world. Ben Haggarty performs with infectious charm and ease – fierce, fast paced, and unashamedly magical. Delving deep into the rich culture and epic mythology of Persia, Xanthe Gresham performs sections of The Shahnameh – the Book of Kings. Enter a world of romance, lust, tragedy and war – where fathers and sons may be strangers in battle; selfish Kings move others like chess pieces across the board for their own amusement; beauty can be a gift and a curse, and femme fatales may condemn young men to journey through fire. Created through commissions from The British Musuem, The Smithsonian, and Iran Heritage, Xanthe Gresham has been performing tales from the Shahnameh for the past decade, extracting, adapting and recreating this Iranian national epic for contemporary audiences.

POETRY & JAZZ: Chris Hodgkins and Scarborough Poetry Workshop WEDNESDAY 4th APRIL | 8.45pm The Cask Inn – £3 Jazz trumpeter Chris Hodgkins, whose father was a published poet, will be the guest front liner at Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask on 4 April. To celebrate the forthcoming Literature Festival members of Scarborough Poetry Workshop will read poems old and new between numbers. Members of the audience will also be able to participate. Expect a jazz flavour to many of the literary offerings! Chris will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio. More information at or 01723 379818

THE BAWDEN MAP TUESDAY 10th APRIL | 5.30pm – 7.00pm Scarborough Library Concert Hall – Free The Bawden map, a hand-painted, collage is a unique portrayal of Scarborough, created by Edward Bawden CBE, RA (1903 – 1989). This wonderful work of art has been newly restored after an appeal by the Friends of Scarborough Library. To say a thank you to all the people who gave so much support to its restoration, we are holding a grand unveiling at Scarborough Library. There will be an interesting talk on how it was restored, a prize giving, and of course a chance to see the Bawden in all its glory.

Scarborough Film Society presents INSOMNIA TUESDAY 10th APRIL | 7.30pm Scarborough Library Concert Hall. Running Time: 96 minutes – £4 on the door In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting. Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. With English subtitles.



THE SITWELLS IN SCARBOROUGH: Festival Walk WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL | 6.00pm – 7.30pm Meet at Scarborough Library, finish at Sitwell Library, Wood End, The Crescent – £3.50 The Sitwells in Scarborough: Festival Walk with Suzanne Potter of Step Back in Time and Gillian Sleightholme of The Sitwell Society. See Scarborough at the time of the Sitwells, the Suffragettes, Sarony and Strange. After the literary walk enjoy drinks and nibbles in the Sitwell Library, Woodend where members of the Society will read from works by the famous trio. Donations to the Sitwell Society invited, to cover refreshments.

POEMS AND PHOTOS FROM SHANDY HALL THURSDAY 12th APRIL | 7.00pm – 7.45pm Kirkbymoorside Library – £1 Poet Paul Munden introduces his latest book with an illustrated talk. Contact Kirkbymoorside Library on 0845 034 9528 to book a ticket. For more information please visit

Amnesty International presents JACK MAPANJE ‘And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night’ FRIDAY 13th APRIL | 7.00pm – 8.00pm Scarborough Lending Library Donations on the door Dr Jack Mapanje is a Malawian poet, linguist and human rights activist, and one of the most important living African poets. He was Head of the Department of English at the University of Malawi when the Malawi authorities arrested him in 1987 after his first book of poems had been banned. After spending more than three and a half years in prison without trial he was released in 1991 following an international outcry against his incarceration. Since then he has lived outside Malawi and until recently was a senior lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Jack has had five poetry books published and the title of his talk is that of his most recent book (2011) about his time in prison.

LIVE POETRY with Andrew McMillan SATURDAY 14th APRIL | 6.30pm – 8pm Malton Library £2.00 Contact Malton Library on 0845 0349529 to book a ticket Andrew McMillan is one of the poets who will “dominate UK poetry in years to come" according to the seminal anthology The Salt Book of Younger Poets in which his work appears. His published work has seen McMillan praised as being "already a poet of considerable achievement" despite being just 23. His work has appeared widely in print and online journals and was featured on Radio 4’s Today Programme. He recently completed a commission for 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is an artistic assessor for the Arts Council. He is the son of poet Ian McMillan.

SEA SWIM POETRY WORKSHOP with John Wedgwood Clarke SUNDAY 15th APRIL | 1.00pm – 3.00pm Scarborough Room, Scarborough Library £4 (places limited to 12, participants must be 16 years and over). Swimming in the sea liberates the imagination and transforms the body. Whether you plunge or paddle, Sea Swim makes it meaningful. Throughout 2011 Sea Swimmers swam together from Beach Huts 237 & 238 at Scarborough’s South Bay. This workshop and reading explores the metaphors of swimming and presents the Sea Swim collection of poems. Join us in the sea from 6 May 2012 for weekly swims until September. SEA SWIM POETRY PERFORMANCE with John Wedgwood Clarke and the Sea Swim Artists SUNDAY 15th APRIL | 3.30pm – 4pm Lending Library, Scarborough Library – Free Sea Swim is part of imove: a Cultural Olympiad Programme in Yorkshire.



POST FESTIVAL POETRY with Mark Waddell SUNDAY 15th APRIL | 9.00pm at Bacchus Wine Bar – Please see the Festival website for more details. Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society presents ARCHAEOLOGY AND BRITISH HISTORY by Francis Pryor MONDAY 16th APRIL | 7.30pm – 9.00pm Scarborough Library Concert Hall Free (tickets available from Scarborough Library or direct from Archaeological Society) Francis Pryor is a well known archaeologist, best known for his TV appearances as a member of the Time Team. He is the author of a number of books including Britain BC, Britain AD and the The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today. After the lecture there will be a Q&A. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.45pm BRAM STOKER CENTENARY TALK TUESDAY 17th APRIL | 7.00pm – 8.30pm Whitby Library – £2.50 Contact Whitby Library on 0845 3006687 to book a ticket How much do you really know about Dracula? To mark the hundreth anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death, Dr Kevin Corstorphine from the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus will discuss the famous author and his links with the area. This lively presentation will not only introduce you to Stoker’s life and works, but trace the history of the vampire and its cultural significance.

BEST OF THE HULL TO SCARBOROUGH LINE WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL | 6.00pm – 7.30pm Scarborough Library Small Meeting Room – Free A pick-you-up cocktail for the post-Festival blues as Sue Wilsea and Felix Hodcroft bring you their acclaimed blend of dynamic poetry and story-telling, wit and passion, high drama and even lower comedy! As usual with H2SL, there’ll be an Open Mic slot and, for this performance, "Open Write" – a chance to have your work showcased by Felix and Sue as part of their act (email if you’d like them to present a piece of your writing).

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