Big interview: Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas is a father and school governor, but he tells Julian Cole how under his alter-ego he has just helped pen Wilbur Smith’s latest novel.

BEST-SELLER: Susie Steiner author of Persons Unknown.

The captivating detective

Susie Steiner’s latest book is a follow up to her hit crime novel Missing Presumed featuring an imperfect detective. She spoke to Yvette Huddleston.


First edition Harry Potter book sells for £60,000 - here’s how to tell if you have one

A rare, first-edition Harry Potter book sold at auction for a record-breaking £60,000 - more than 5,000 times its original £10.99 price tag.

Outbreaks of mass hysteria like the one in 1930s Halifax have been witnessed acorss the world.

How the curious case of the Halifax Slasher caused a mass outbreak of hysteria

They call it valley bottom fever and while there is no scientific proof, many of those who live in Calderdale don’t need peer-reviewed research to be convinced of its existence. Author Benjamin Myers is one of them.

J R R Tolkiens correspondence with fellow writer Arthur Ransome, held in the Special Collections archive at the University of Leeds.

Tolkien and Leeds - The Hobbit author and his time in Yorkshire

It’s 80 years this week since The Hobbit was published. Its author, JRR Tolkien, lived in Leeds for a spell and his time here influenced his work, as Chris Bond discovered.

DEBUT: York-based Michael Bristow's first book China in Drag.

Chinese travels

As a BBC journalist, Michael Bristow has been reporting on China for 20 years and his first book charts an unusual friendship. Yvette Huddleston reports.

HEADLINE POET: John Hegley will be appearing at this year's festival.

Preview: Wakefield Literature Festival

This year’s festival is an exciting new collaboration between Wakefield-based arts charity Beam and spoken word organisation A Firm of Poets who present Talking Loud and Saying Summat! – a festival which aims to celebrate and develop reading, writing and debate in Wakefield.

Each Found Fiction envelope contains a short story written by an anonymous author.

How the Found Fiction project is champtioning tales of the unexpected

Short stories penned by anonymous authors are being discovered in the most unlikely places. Sarah Freeman meets the man behind the Found Fiction project

York author Fiona Mozley, whose book Elmet, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

First-time Yorkshire author defies odds to make Man Booker shortlist

A first-time York author, whose book was only published last month, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize alongside literary big hitters Paul Auster and Ali Smith. Fiona Mozley discovered she has made the cut from a long-list of 13 authors on Friday, but was sworn to secrecy until the shortlist for the prestigious £50,000 prize was made public.

NEW VOICE: Young Wakefield-based poet Laura Potts who recently won a BBC New Voices Award.

Poetic voice

Wakefield-based poet Laura Potts is making a name for herself in the world of poetry, both locally and further afield. She spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

STAND UP: Sarah Millican is among those appearing at the festival.

Festival highlights

The festival combines some of the biggest names in literary fiction and poetry with a range of topical discussions, as well as performance, family events and plenty of opportunities for aspiring writers in a whole host of workshops and masterclasses.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Booker Prize longlisted novelist Kamila Shamsie is appearing at Ilkley Literature Festival this year.

A literary feast

Ilkley Literature Festival has announced another impressive line-up for this year’s edition. Yvette Huddleston spoke to festival director Rachel Feldberg.

Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome.

YP Letters: Ransome’s voyages, from Coniston to Russia

From: John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge.

BIG DRAW: Gerard Way
 is set to appear at this year's Thought Bubble.  
credit: �Eric Ray Davidson

Preview: Thought 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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