2020 Authors

SAMANTHA ELLIS is an expert on the life and work of Anne Bronte. She will be talking about Anne’s Scarborough connections at St.Mary’s Church -Friday 24 April, 10am.

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Million- copy best selling novelist B A PARIS will be chatting about her new domestic thriller with espionage author CHARLOTTE PHILBY on Friday 24 APRIL 1pm. 

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CHARLOTTE PHILBY talks to B A PARIS about suspense writing – Friday 24 April 1pm. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain’s most famous double agent.

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Professor JOANN FLETCHER of York University is a TV Egyptologist, museum advisor & author. She shares ‘Secrets from the Coffin’ at Scarborough Library Friday 24 April 3pm

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JAKE JONES has worked in the UK ambulance service for 10 years. He will be sharing the strains and challenges of his demanding and important job Friday 24 April 5.30pm

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Highly acclaimed author MAGGIE O’ FARRELL is celebrating 20 years in fiction. She discusses Hamnet, the story behind Shakespeare’s play -Friday 24 April 7.30pm

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Award winning journalist and travel writer HORATIO CLARE will be sharing his adventures on Icebreaker Oslo at Yacht Club/Lighthouse Saturday 25 April 10am.

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Award winning filmmaker JAMES RUNCIE is the creator of the Grantchester Mysteries which became ITV hit starring James Norton. This event is Saturday 25 April 1pm at SJT

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POLLY TOYNBEE is a columnist for the Guardian and DAVID WALKER is contributing editor for the Guardian. The last ten years – What went wrong? What went right? And where do we go from here? Find out on Saturday 25 April 3pm… 

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Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, TOM WATSON will share his frank and inspiring account of how he Downsized and changed his life on Saturday 25 April 5pm. Tom will also appear on the popular papers panel – Sunday 26 April 10.30am 

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Bestselling novelist LOUISE DOUGHTY will be speaking about Platform Seven at a chiller dinner – The Crescent Hotel Saturday 25 April7.30pm. She also joins Tom Watson for the Sunday papers panel 26 April 10.30am with chair Helen Boaden.

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Hostage negotiator and captive himself, TERRY WAITE CBE has had a remarkable career working in most troubled spots of the world. Come and hear him speak on Sunday 26 April 1pm. This event is run in partnership with Amnesty International. 

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Journalist CLAIRE NELSON made international headlines when surviving a near death fall whilst hiking alone in the Californian desert. Hear her story Sunday 26 April 3pm. 

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CHRIS ATKINS is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker who was ‘sent down’ for five years in HMP Wandsworth. Hear his darkly funny prison diaries Sunday 26 April 5pm. 

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Bestselling author, popular broadcaster & hilarious performer JENNY ECLAIR is appearing at The Spa Theatre on Sunday 26 April 7.30pm. Tickets from Spa Box Office or CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

During her long career at the BBC, HELEN BOADEN won awards for her journalism, was Controller of Radio 4 and the first woman to run all of BBC News. She retired as Director of BBC Radio three years ago. Helen is our festival patron and and regular chair.

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GERRY FOLEY has been a broadcast journalist for more than 35 years. He started his career in Dublin and Belfast before moving to Westminster as a Political Correspondent for TV am and ITV Tyne Tees. He’s a regular interviewer at UK book festivals.

Regular festival host BARRY FORSHAW writes book reviews for various newspapers and magazines; his own books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating award- winning Brit Noir and Nordic Noir. He also writes about the world of Cinema.

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