In 2017, the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival enjoyed its most successful year to date, welcoming an outstanding line up of names from the worlds of politics, history, stage and screen to the Crown Hotel. Huge crowds gathered to hear from Joan Bakewell, Victoria Hislop and Dame Jenni Murray, alongside Jonathan Aitken, Martin Sixsmith, Peter Snow & Ann MacMillan, Amanda Owen and Ann Widecombe.
Events sparked conversations across the weekend, exploring important topics from our times. Politically, this included a very current debate on Europe and its place in the world, insights into Russia with Angus Roxburgh and an account of the Rise of the Outsiders with Steve Richards. The Festival also approached personal subjects with warmth and sensitivity, hosting intimate talks on autism, loneliness and grief that were both moving and uplifting with authors including, Keith Stuart, Jem Lester, Cathy Rentzenbrink and Gail Honeyman.
With a programme designed to delight and inspire, and a move to a new Autumn slot in October, ticket sales were up 20% as visitors savoured a Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch to remember with Sir Chris Bonington and a sparkling evening of Gin Tasting with connoisseur Ian Buxton. From the deeply moving to the laugh-out-loud entertaining, the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival once demonstrated the power of great stories to bring people together, and will return again 18-21 October 2018.
‘One of the UK’s best Literary Festivals’ – Harpers Bazaar
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