Friday 20 October | 6.30pm
The Crown Hotel | Harrogate 

Please note, this event has now taken place.

Journalist Martin Sixsmith was portrayed on the big screen by Steve Coogan, in the achingly touching Philomena, starring Judi Dench. He takes us on another deeply personal and humane journey with Ayesha’s Gift. Rare, he says, is the family whose fortunes run smooth forever.

The story begins with Martin helping a woman from Yorkshire find her father’s killer after his violent death in Pakistan, but ends up as a search for answers to a very different death – his brother’s suicide. Both Ayesha and Martin became consumed by a search for the truth about someone they had loved.

Martin talks about his fascination with the troubles of families, in part, to crave assurance that our own are not unique.

Martin will be interviewed by Mark Lawson, journalist, broadcaster and author.


Raworths Rewards

Bundle up to take advantage of the Raworths Rewards Scheme. You can now enjoy more events throughout the Festival for less.

  • Book 5 events, receive a 5% discount
  • Book 10 events, receive a 10% discount
  • Book 20 events, receive a 20% discount

*Valid for all events including the Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch. The discount will be automatically deducted when you have the correct number of events in your basket.

Title Sponsor

Raoworths Logo