Harrogate History Festival

Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th October

The Harrogate History Festival will take place from 22-25 October 2015 and Harrogate International Festival are inviting you to spend an action packed weekend in the beautiful town of Harrogate, steeped in its own history. Join them for this fantastic opportunity to explore and grapple with leading literary minds on some of the most gripping conflicts, personalities and epic tales in human history.

With so many great names, why not see them all with a Rover ticket starting from only £56 and Weekend Break Packages (which include all tickets plus accommodation and lunches at The Old Swan Hotel and an exclusive festival goody bag) start from only £359. Individual event tickets start from just £7.

Box Office: 01423 562303

Book Online: www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Bloody Scotland Festival

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

The former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo has written over 130 books. One of our best-loved storytellers, War Horse was adapted to film by Spielberg and stage by the National Theatre.

War is a recurring theme in his books such as Private Peaceful, and his most recent novel Listen to the Moon, which centres on a survivor of the sinking of the passenger liner the Lusitania in 1915.

War Horse has been hailed as the greatest anthem for peace.

Morpurgo was awarded an OBE for his writing, which inspires children all over the world. His ‘love for the music of words’ was instilled by his own mother, who read books and poems to him as a child. He warns that we lose the eye-wideness of childhood at our peril. “When you write for children you write for open hearts and open minds.”

History is his inspiration - the combination of truth and the magic of storytelling, "speak to us personally and perhaps even have the power to change us as people.”

Prepare to be inspired.

Date: Friday 23 October

Time: 9am

Tickets: £11

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Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver

He’s the chap AA Gill described with ‘post-Billy Connolly hair who presents Coast on the telly’ and who ‘girls get proper swoony’ over.

The Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer is the face of the BBC's flagship series A History of Scotland and the award-winning Coast.

With a particular skill of taking audiences on a journey through time, his BBC shows include the story of Cleopatra, the Vikings, and A History of Celtic Britain - the epic story of how the beginnings of our world were forged in ice, stone and bronze.

The charismatic Oliver is in Harrogate with his latest novel, Master of Shadows. Set in fifteenth-century Constantinople, it’s a sweeping story of three protagonists who as the Siege of Constantinople reaches its climax, must make a choice between head and heart, duty and destiny.

Expect Oliver’s trademark passion for bringing history to vivid life.

Date: Saturday 24th October

Time: 9am

Tickets: £11

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HRH Princess Michael of Kent

HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Royalty has always enthralled and been the most enduring subject for historical writing - fact and fiction. Who better than to welcome to the Harrogate History Festival, a bona fide Princess!

Alongside being a member of the British royal family, the Princess is also a bestselling author, releasing five books including the royal-inspired The Serpent and The Moon and The Queen of Four Kingdoms.

For more than twenty five years, the Princess has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics. She lives with her husband, Prince Michael of Kent, in Kensington Palace in London.

In Harrogate, she’ll discuss the third book in her Anjou trilogy following the Queen of Four Kingdoms and Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty.

Date: Saturday 24th October

Time: 8.30pm

Tickets: £11

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Ken Follett

Ken Follett

Global sales of all Ken Follett’s books stand at a staggering 150 million copies making him one of the world’s best-loved novelists. Magnificent, epic, momentous. He is the master storyteller readers devour.

Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning and international bestseller, Eye of the Needle. After writing more successful thrillers he surprised everyone with the Pillars of the Earth, first published in 1989, the epic of family drama, violent conflict and vaulting ambition set around the building of a great cathedral. It has sold a staggering total of 25 million copies in thirty languages and became an eight-hour mini-series starring Ian McShane, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen.

World Without End was the long-awaited sequel and an international number one bestseller.

His most recent novels are Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and Edge of Eternity - the Century trilogy – with sales of 17 million copies worldwide to date. His latest, Edge of Eternity was an instant international number one bestseller.

Don’t miss this veritable giant of the genre.

Date: Sunday 25th October

Time: 1pm

Tickets: £11

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