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12/03/2015

News Release – Issued by York Literature Festival

York Literature Festival 2015, 19th - 29th March 2015
Festival enjoys record response, strongest ticket sales so far.

York Literature Festival has had its best pre-festival ticket sales for the 2015 event, with sales rising for the third consecutive year. By March 9th, over 3000 tickets had been sold or allocated for festival events - the strongest pre-festival sales to date. The annual jamboree of the written and spoken word kicks off on March 19th with a sold out performance at York St John University by Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, who will talk about her new book 'Cameron's Coup' with journalist David Walker. That event, along with events by Matt Haig and poet Clare Pollard, as well as writing workshops by york based tutors Lizzi Linklater and Rob O'Connor and a literary lunch with local authors,are all sold out.

The 2015 event will also feature the festival's biggest event to date when Dr David Starkey will appear at York Grand Opera House. 600 tickets have been sold for the Starkey event to date. 'Dr Starkey's agent is impressed with the sales,' says Miles Salter, Festival Director. 'He said it was the biggest audience that David Starkey has had for a live event for some time.'

The festival's poetry competition, organised in conjunction with York Mix, has also had a big response, with 1736 poems submitted by 461 entrants. Competition judge Carole Bromley has spent many hours reading the entries that have poured in from all other the UK and the results will be revealed at an event during the festival.

'It's been a great response to this year's line-up,' says Miles, 'and reflects the hard work that the festival team have put in to making the event work. We've built our mailing list and Twitter audience and got better at distributing the festival programme. It's great to see tickets selling so well. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of packed rooms in March when the festival starts.'
The festival is sponsored by York St John University, is organised by a dedicated team of 30 people involved. Partner organisations include York Theatre Royal, Visit York, St Peter's School, York Museums Trust, Waterstones, City Screen Cinema and University of York. Additional support for the 2015 festival comes from City of York Council's Community York fund.

The full programme can be downloaded now at www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk, with updates posted on Twitter @YorkLitFest