Harrogate Festival’s new event with top historical authors

Historical author Rose Tremain.

Historical author Rose Tremain.

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Harrogate International Festivals has announced a new history festival this October with an epic line-up of authors.

The major innovative event expands the arts organisation’s offer and enhances its profile as one of the North of England’s leading arts festivals.

Rose Tremain, Fay Weldon and Lindsey Davies star in a series of events exploring the crooks and crevices of historical writing.

The Harrogate History Festival will take place at the Old Swan Hotel from October 25-27 in association with the Historical Writers’ Association.

Manda Scott, chair of the Historical Writers Association said:”Following in the footsteps of the outstandingly successful Theakstons Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Festival, the first ever Harrogate History Festival promises to bring together a spectacular combination of the very best historical writing today; from the Roman Empire to the 20th century.”

Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, said: “This is a significant innovation for Harrogate International Festivals portfolio which underlines our commitment to deliver world-class and year-round arts and events for audiences.”

Award-winning novelists Fay Weldon CBE and Rose Tremain will be the guest stars of the festival.

Writing for 50 years, Weldon has written more than 30 novels and a number of plays for TV, radio and the stage.

Tremain’s bestselling novels have won the Orange Prize and Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, amongst others.

Panel talks will include the search for Richard III’s remains, exploring battlefields of past glories and gore, and dissecting Ancient Rome.

For tickets, visit www. harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/history/ or call the box office on 01423 562303.