Celebrate International Literacy Day with #RaworthsLitFest

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival mini libraries

Harrogate, 8 September 2022

As Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival reaches its 10th year, we celebrate a stellar partnership that has inspired, educated and entertained for a decade in Harrogate.

From offering free books through Mini Libraries and our Stop Me And Book One campaign to encouraging creative writing with the 10 Word Stories and children’s creative writing competitions, Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival inspires a shared appreciation of books across diverse audiences.

A decade on, Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival continues to light up Harrogate with literature, bringing a wide ranging programme of talented authors and speakers to the beautifully intimate setting of The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, from 20 to 23 October 2022.

From the back gardens of Britain to the global challenges facing us today, we explore hidden histories and the latest political, cultural and social trends with bestselling authors, leading thinkers, influential political figures, historians and stars of the screen.

Celebrate the power of literature to enlighten, challenge and amuse with the tenth Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, the hot ticket on the national festival circuit. Book your tickets now for our uniquely themed events and hear from our fascinating line up of authors about today’s trending topics, history and heritage, health and wellbeing and more.

Trending Topics

Journey from a small Yorkshire village to the supreme court presidency with Lady Hale, discover What’s Next for British Politics from journalist and commentator Carole Walker and BBC Radio 4 producer and journalist Phil Tinline, and find out if global agreement on the challenges of climate change, technology and justice is possible from Prof. A.C. Grayling.


Explore the backyards of Britain on a quest for hidden treasure with The Great British Dig’s Dr Chloë Duckworth, discover the fascinating backstory of the Antiques Roadshow’s cherished presenter Ronnie Archer-Morgan, and travel from Bhutan to Harewood House with David Lascelles.


Discover the false narratives propagated by politicians, populists and the media with Otto English, meet the most powerful men and women in British history with Peter Snow, and journey into the world of a young Stalin with shortlisted author and playwright Stephen May.

Health and Wellbeing

What was the long term impact of the pandemic on our mental health and how do we now reverse the devastating impact of COVID-19? Find out with psychotherapists Penelope Campling and Owen O’Keefe, then hear from award-winning author Stella Duffy how yoga and psychotherapy have helped her sustain a fruitful writing career.

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival runs from Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2022 in its celebratory 10th anniversary year. More announcements are to be made soon. Find out more and book tickets here.

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