Beverley Literature Festival roars into action

Helen Rappaport, among the authors in the Beverley Literature Festival
Helen Rappaport, among the authors in the Beverley Literature Festival
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BEVERLEY Library will roar into action tomorrow at the start of a packed weekend of activities for the Beverley Literature Festival.

The Children’s Literature Festival will get underway with Paul Stickland’s Dinosaur Roar event for children aged two and over.

The weekend will see a busy programme of events for children and adults. Events for families range from readings about talking animals with autors Jonathan Tulloch at 10.45am and Emma Barnes at 11.45am to the Hansel and Gretel puppet show at 3pm.

For the Horrible Science show at 1.30pm, the Children’s Festival moves to Toll Gavel, where Nick Arnold will perform his disgusting experiments which are not for the faint hearted.

Lara Goodband, co-director of the festival, said: “This is the third year I’ve been involved with programming literature events for children in Beverley and every year the excitement just fills the library as young readers have the opportunity to meet their favourite authors.”

Most of the children’s events are priced at £2 and workshops, readings and puppet shows continue throughout Sunday October 14.

Adult events at Toll Gavel on Saturday start with Nature Writing at 3pm, under the guidance of authors Leo Critchley, of Skimming Stones, and Nick Papadimitrou, of Scarp.

Families and the choices we make are the topics under discussion by authors Patricia Ferguson and Fiona Shaw at 4.30pm.

In The Midwife’s Daughter Patricia Ferguson gives an intimate portrayal of the honour of bringing children into the world. Tickets are priced £5.

Also taking place at Toll Gavel Church on Saturday October 13 at 7pm is the critically-acclaimed The Potter’s Hand, by award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist A N Wilson, which offers a psychological investigation into the life of Josiah Wedgewood seen through the great events of the 18th century.

Tickets for this event can be combined for £8 with Matthew Sweet’s event at 8.30pm on The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels.

Events on Sunday October 14 include Helen Rappaport introducing her new book Magnificent Obsession: Victoria & Albert, telling the story of Victoria’s and the Victorians’ obsession with mourning.

The talk will be in the Art Gallery at the Treasure House, starting at 2pm, and the cost is £5.

At 3.30pm, also in the Art Gallery, Andrew Lambert will give an illustrated talk focussing on his book The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812.

For more information or to book tickets, visit or ring (01482) 392699.