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News release - Issued by York Literature Festival

TV's Grumpy Old Man Arthur Smith
Heads To Grand Opera House York,
This Saturday, March 12th at 7.30p.m.

Wendy Cope will be performing her poems in the afternoon.

Comedian Arthur Smith heads to York this Saturday for an appearance as part of York Literature Festival 2016. Perhaps best known for his part in Television's 'Grumpy Old Men', Arthur is a veteran of the comedy circuit and well known for his sardonic observations of modern life. Arthur will be bringing his laconic wit and wisdom to York's Grand Opera House for this event.

One of Britain's foremost comedians, Arthur describes himself as 'Radio 4's bit of rough.

Arthur Smith is one of a kind, having built his career from being part of the alternative scene in the Eighties to where he is now, a self proclaimed 'semi-professional' comedian. Support comes from writer, Private Eye cartoonist and performer Mike Barfield.

Wendy Cope is acclaimed for her wry, perceptive love poems and parodies. With her bittersweet, humorous verse, she has proved that poetry of uncompromising quality can be popular. Since her highly acclaimed poetry collection Making Cocoa For Kingsley Amis in 1986, Wendy Cope has been at the forefront of the British poetry scene. Expect ruminations on love, loss, Women Bishops and Radio 4's The Archers.

Wendy Cope opens the event at 3pm, tickets from £11.90*

Arhur Smith & support appears from 7.30pm, tickets from £19.90*


The 2016 Festival runs from 10th – 23rd March 2016.

Tickets are available now for great events with Arthur Smith, Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Vince Cable, Margaret Drabble and more.

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