Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

18-21 Oct 2018 |  Harrogate | home of literature


Hosted over a long weekend, the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, was picked by Harper’s Bazaar as ‘one of the UK’s best literary festivals’.

Taking place at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, from 18 to 21 October, the stellar line-up features household names from the worlds of comedy, history, sport and literature.

Be swept back in time with one of the biggest historical fiction authors, Conn Iggulden, and arguably the UK’s most respected historian, David Starkey. One of the most engaging and often controversial speakers, Starkey will shed new light on our country’s greatest tyrant, Henry VIII.

The countdown is on for TV star Nick Hewer, formerly Alan Sugar’s adviser on The Apprentice, who will be talking about his new memoir. Son of Gyles, Benet Brandreth, is an all-round Renaissance man. With a five-star sell-out of his one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe, he’ll present his new William Shakespeare mystery novel.

Exploring how comedy makes us human, BBC Radio 4 presenter and comedian Robin Ince delves into his new book, I’m a Joke and So Are You, drawing on A-list comedians, personal insight, and psychologists to explore our funny bone.

The social media star behind Why Mummy Drinks, Gill Sims, presents her new book, Why Mummy Swears. Described as Bridget Jones meets Peppa Pig, she promises to speak to the souls of all parents seeking light relief.

Wife of the late Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Jane Hawking, whose book inspired the Oscar-winning film, The Theory of Everything, will talk of her new novel, Cry to Dream Again.

Literary Lunch: Alan Johnson

Thu 18 Oct | 12pm

100 Historic Places

Thu 18 Oct | 4pm

Benet Brandreth

Thu 18 Oct | 6.30pm

Gill Sims

Thu 18 Oct | 8pm

Amanda Prowse

Fri 19 Oct | 10am

Dr Jane Hawking

Fri 19 Oct | 12pm

Catherine Steadman

Fri 19 Oct | 3pm

Henry Cole

Fri 19 Oct | 4.30pm

Round Britain Quiz

Fri 19 Oct | 6pm

Conn Iggulden

Fri 19 Oct | 7.45pm

Gemma Hogg

Sat 20 Oct | 9.30am

Jonathan Cranston

Sat 20 Oct | 11am

Malcolm Neesam

Sat 20 Oct | 12.30pm

Emma Bache

Sat 20 Oct | 2pm

Julie Summers

Sat 20 Oct | 3.30pm

John Simpson

Sat 20 Oct | 5pm

Lindsey Davis and Manda Scott

Sat 20 Oct | 6.30pm

David Starkey

Sat 20 Oct | 8pm

Histories of the Unexpected

Sun 21 Oct | 10am

Liam Young

Sun 21 Oct | 11.30am

Isabel Hardman

Sun 21 Oct | 1pm

Robin Ince

Sun 21 Oct | 2.30pm

Imran Mahmood

Sun 21 Oct | 4pm

Rachel McCormack

Sun 21 Oct | 5.30pm

Nick Hewer

Sun 21 Oct | 8.30pm

Oz Clarke

Sun 21 Oct | 7pm