Sea­side read­ing

Next month sees the re­turn of Scar­bor­ough’s Books by the Beach lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val. Sue Wilkin­son takes a look at some of the high­lights.

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Best­selling au­thors Louise Doughty, Sal­ley Vick­ers, Joanna Trol­lope, Adele Parks and Mark Billing­ham blaze a a trail to Books by the Beach in Scar­bor­ough next month.

They will be joined by celebrity Vicky Pat­ti­son, ac­tresses Denise Welch, Dame Har­riet Wal­ter and for­mer MP Alan John­son.

Also in the line-up is a heart sur­geon, mil­i­tary his­to­rian, ‘row­ing mums’ and screen­writer Daisy Good­win. The fes­ti­val will run at var­i­ous venues from April 26 to May 1. The first guest is nov­el­ist Joanna Trol­lope.

“I’m thrilled by the mix of fact and fic­tion and feel we’ve ex­panded our pro­gramme to in­clude some in­spir­ing fig­ures,” says Scar­bor­ough li­brar­ian Heather French, who with writer and critic Peter Gut­tridge, is codi­rec­tor of the event.

“I’m hon­oured to bring Dr

Steve Westaby, pi­o­neer­ing heart sur­geon, to Scar­bor­ough with his new book Frag­ile Lives in which he tells sto­ries of life and death on the oper­at­ing table.

“We’re also play­ing host to Pres­i­dent of the Royal Col­lege of Psy­chi­a­trists Sir Si­mon Wes­sely who’ll be shar­ing the stage with his­to­rian Tay­lor Down­ing and for­mer sol­dier Al­lan Mallinson to dis­cuss Shell­shock – From The Somme to Syria.”

Foren­sics also fea­ture when crime scene pathol­o­gist Dr Stu­art Hamil­ton joins Mark Billing­ham to dis­cuss sus­pi­cious death in real life and lit­er­a­ture.

Screen­writ­ing fea­tures this year with a dou­ble dose of Daisy Good­win – cre­ator of ITV’s Vic­to­ria. On Wed­nes­day, April

26, Daisy will be talk­ing about the se­ries. Later that af­ter­noon she will be host­ing a Vic­to­rian tea party at Wyke­ham Abbey old kitchen. There’s a Sal­ley Vick­ers lit­er­ary lunch date on Fri­day April 28 at the Cres­cent Ho­tel, when the au­thor will be speak­ing about her new novel Cousins.

Thriller writ­ers Louise Doughty and Erin Kelly are also on the pro­gramme. Doughty’s Ap­ple Tree Yard was adapted for the BBC and screened ear­lier this year. Erin Kelly’s The Poison Tree was a TV se­ries in 2013.

The revo­lu­tion­ary side of Jane Austen is re­vealed when He­lena Kelly dis­cusses her book Jane Austen, The Se­cret Rad­i­cal.

The The­atre in the Round wel­comes Dame Har­riet Wal­ter who will be talk­ing about play­ing Shake­speare’s roles for women.

The four mums who rowed across the At­lantic in 67 days will be telling their heroic tale with hu­mour and York­shire grit at the Spa The­atre and champion jockey De­clan Mur­phy tells the tale of his near-death fall at Hay­dock Park and his amaz­ing re­cov­ery.

Celebrity au­thors in­clude Denise Welch and Vicky Pat­ti­son. Welch is a TV pre­sen­ter and was a pan­el­list on day­time show Loose Women. She also starred in a num­ber of TV shows in­clud­ing Corona­tion Street, Sol­dier, Sol­dier and Water­loo Road.

Denise has writ­ten two best sell­ing au­to­bi­ogra­phies and will in­tro­duce her de­but novel at the fes­ti­val. Ge­ordie Shore star Vicky Pat­ti­son will be join­ing fel­low North-Easterner and best­selling au­thor Adele Parks.

Books by the Beach, April 26May 1. Tick­ets are on sale now. www.books­bythe­beach.co.uk

OPEN­ING EVENT: Best­selling au­thor Joanna Trol­lope will be open­ing Scar­bor­ough’s Books by the Beach this year.

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