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News release - Issued by York Literature Festival

York-born Politician and Novelist Feature in Line-up for City’s 2016 Literature Festival

Festival runs from 10th – 23rd March 2016

York Literature Festival, in association with Baillie Gifford, returns in March 2016 and features a great line-up that includes Vince Cable, politician and former York resident, and Margaret Drabble, the acclaimed novelist who also attended school in York.

Other headline acts for the 2016 event include poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, comedian Arthur Smith, scientist Steve Jones, poet Wendy Cope and novelist John O’Farrell (whose latest book focuses on David Beckham). Michael Portillo will talk about his passion for train travel at a unique event at York’s National Railway Museum on March 11th. Topical content includes a panel discussion on feminism (at York St John University) and an event focusing on poetry and migration (also at York St John).

The festival runs from 10th – 23rd March 2016 and offers its most wide-ranging programme so far, with over 40 events, including a programme for children and young people.

There's an event where writers who have set their work in York talk about the city as a setting for fiction, and a session on graphic novels. A guided walk around York's sites of literary interest will show visitors locations associated with W H Auden, Kate Atkinson and many more. Workshops help writers to get inspired, and there's a session with literary agents on mistakes to avoid when sending your novel to key people in publishing.

'This is our most diverse festival,' says Festival Director Miles Salter, 'with events that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. I'm looking forward to welcoming York visitors to our events. This is the first time we have worked with Baillie Gifford and I'm looking forward to developing the partnership.’ The festival’s other key partners are York St John University, St Peter’ School and Make It York/Visit York. The festival has seen a 700% growth since it began in 2007, and it is anticipated that 2016 will be its most successful year to date, with around 5000 people attending events at venues including Grand Opera House, National Railway Museum, St Peter’s School and City Screen Basement Bar.

The festival runs from 10th to 23rd March 2016. Find out more at and buy tickets via York Theatre Royal website

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