Preview: Though Bubble

There will be a distinct whiff of rock n’ roll at this year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds. The UK’s largest comic book festival is entering its second decade, by bringing Gerard Way to the event.

HISTORICAL NOVELIST: Philippa Gregory's latest novel The Last Tudor is out now. PICTURE: PA PHOTO/SIMON AND SCHUSTER.

Extraordinary women

Bestselling North Yorkshire-based author Philippa Gregory speaks to Hannah Stephenson about telling the stories of strong women from history.

AT HOME: Philip Larkin with a wicker rabbit.

Fresh perspective

An exhibition at the Brynmor Jones Library at Hull University takes a quirky and interesting new look at Philip Larkin. Yvette Huddleston reports.

Prof Alan Prout reading a poetry book in Marsden. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Poetic licence in village where verse comes on tap

Poetry is everywhere - it just needs editing, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, James Tate, wrote.

Bad medicine: Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes claimed he could cure Kings Evil. (Picture: Wellcome Library, London).

Horrid coughs and sneezes and dead diseases

Polio is on the brink of joining a long list of historical illnesses. Jennifer Evans and Sara Read reveal a few other ailments thankfully no longer with us.

Ripon poets Andy Croft, David McAndrew and Paul Mills. (1707181AM1)

Star-studded new arts festival for Ripon

Ripon is set to claim its place on the UK’s literary map with a new festival thanks to a group of local poets.

Scarlet Ribbons, by Rosemary Bailey

Simon's Cross. BBC Everyman programme 1995

The gay Yorkshire rector and his faithful flock

It’s 22 years since Simon Bailey died of Aids. His story – that of a gay rector’s 10-year battle with the disease and the South Yorkshire pit village that took care of their dying priest – is a deeply touching one.

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IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: A potent mix of magic realism and domestic drama.

Debut novel

How Saints Die

By Carmen marcus, published by Harvill Secker, £14.99

POETIC VOICE: Carmen Marcus whose autobiographical debut novel How Saints Die is out now. Picture: Kev Howard.

Time and tide

Poet Carmen Marcus’s debut novel How Saints Die was partly inspired by her own childhood on the Yorkshire Coast. Yvette Huddleston reports.


Enid Blyton grown ups spin off gets new titles

One of last Christmas’s bestselling books is getting a sequel as the Enid Blyton For Grown Ups series launches five new titles.

Ten books about Leeds to read

Ten books about Leeds to read

If you want to find out more about Leeds, look no further than our essential reading list, full of heart-breaking memoirs, brilliant novels and fascinating histories.

Are children taught enough about historic events like the Dunkirk evacuation?

YP Letters: Privileged but ignorant after horrors of Dunkirk

From; Valerie Moody, Little Smeaton. Pontefract.

REFUGE: Ben Okri is one of the writers giving a voice to stories that are too often unheard in Refugee Tales.

Modern tales

Last week saw the publication of a book which I hope will change the world – or at least begin to.

Singer-songwriter Nick Ellis at The Factory in Harrogate as part of Spirit of 67 event.

Success for eight-hour Spirit of 67 event in Harrogate

Organisers are celebrating the success of a unique and independent four event/four venue arts and music event in Harrogate.
MINT CONDITION: Benjamin Myers, author of The Gallows Pole.

Review: The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers

Books about legendary figures from history tend to add a touch of gloss. From Robin Hood to King Arthur, most writers approach these mythic giants with a large helping of artistic licence. Not so Benjamin Myers.

Songwriter Rod Temperton wrote hits such as Thriller, Rock With You, Boogie Nights and Yah Mo B There. Picture: PA

Books interview: Jed Pitman on his biography of Rod Temperton, the songwriter who wrote ‘Thriller’

He was the songwriter made a fortune from composing some of the best-known funk, pop and R&B tunes of the 1970s and 80s yet lived in closely guarded privacy, well away from the kind of attention that the likes of Michael Jackson, George Benson and Chaka Khan received from singing his songs.

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett tees up afternoon start as he sandwiches in Ilkley festival

ALAN BENNETT will open the annual literature festival in Ilkley, one of his favourite Yorkshire haunts, it has been confirmed.

Fiona Mozley, who has made it to the Man Booker Prize longlist.

How a first-time author from York, whose book isn’t even out, ended up on the Man Booker longlist

There are some familiar names on this year’s longlist for the Man Booker Prize. Paul Auster, Zadie Smith and John McGregor are fully paid up members of the literati, but joining them is an unknown author from York, whose debut novel hasn’t even been published.

On the move: Men taking part in the original Jarrow March in 1936. (JPress).

When worlds collide - the Jarrow March and modern Britain

Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie retraced the steps of the Jarrow March for his new book. He talks to Chris Bond about his journey through modern England.

Owner Georgia Duffy, at the opening of her new shop.
Credit: James Hardisty

New chapter as indie bookshop opens doors in Harrogate

These days the opening of a new independent bookshop is a rarity. Even more unusual is a published author running one.

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