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Preview: Bradford litfest

This year’s Bradford Literature Festival runs for ten days from June 30 to July 9 and once again there is an impressive line-up of speakers and events.

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BARNSLEY BARD: Ian McMillan will be appearing as part of Unheard Voices next week.Picture: Scott Merrylees

Unheard voices

An event in Leeds next week will be highlighting the literary and cultural aspects of the ill-fated 1915-16 Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

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Ian McMillan: To erm is human

Er. So, er, I’ll, you know sort of start the column now. I’ll sit down at the thing, the whatyoucallit. Laptop thing. So. I’ll just write the whatsit. The er. The column.

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Lauren Child, pictured at her unveiling ceremony in Hull this week. (PA).

The new Children’s Laureate - why reading is more than just child’s play

Lauren Child was unveiled as the new Children’s Laureate this week. She talked to Chris Bond about her early influences and why a passion for reading early on stays with you for life.

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Domenica de Rosa whose literary alter-ego is Elly Griffiths. Picture by Sara Reeve.

How children’s author Elly Griffiths turned to a life of crime

The chair of this summer’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate talks to Julian Cole.

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DEBUT: Author Sarah Dunnakey whose first novel The Companion is published in July. PICTURE SARAH MASON PHOTOGRAPHY.

Secret history

Sarah Dunnakey’s debut novel The Companion combines the past and present to create a compelling mystery. She spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

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Exhibitions officer Olivia Threlkeld at Shandy Hall  with some of the 18th century literary prints

Writing’s on the wall at Shandy Hall

THEY were the cinema posters of their day, more than a century before the movies were invented.

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In the BBC drama To Walk Invisible, Charlotte Bronte cut a rather humourless figure. PA Photo/BBC/Gary Moyes.

Why are so many female authors portrayed as eccentric, lonely spinsters?

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, but female writers are often portrayed as loners. Not so says Emily Midorikawa in her new book A Secret Sisterhood.

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Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, , which has just been included on a new literary trail. Picture Scott Merrylees.

Exposing the literary history of England’s most famous houses

With the literary history of some of England’s most famous houses being brought to light, Stephen McClarence visits Renishaw Hall, home of the famously bookish Sitwell family. Pictures by Scott Merrylees.

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DEBUT: Author Luiza Sauma, a graduate of the University of Leeds, whose first novel Flesh and Bone and Water is out now.  Picture: Guilherme Heurich

Between two worlds

Luiza Sauma’s debut novel is set in London and her native Brazil exploring memory, love and loss. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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Ian McMillan: Why writing can be character-building

As a writer, I find the hardest thing to do is create characters who aren’t like me. Of course when I’m writing this column or writing poems then I can be the protagonist because, well, that’s what people expect, although of course the ‘I’ in the poem doesn’t necessarily have to be the poet themselves.

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Book Cover Handout of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, published by HarperCollins. See PA Feature BOOK Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/HarperCollins. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature BOOK Reviews.

Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

There are some books whose narrator is so well-written, so human and instantly engaging, that they have you right from the first line.

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The big read

Harrogate’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is inviting readers to help them celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus.

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Adams on her way to defeating Maryan Salazar at the First Direct Arena last weekend. (James Hardisty).

Nicola Adams pulls no punches in sharing her life story

Nicola Adams is a two-time Olympic champion and British sporting hero. Now the Leeds-born boxer has written about her remarkable life and rise to the top. Chris Bond talked to her.

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Fresh perspective

Fresh perspective

Leeds writer Clare Fisher is an exciting new voice in contemporary literature. With her debut novel out next month, she spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

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Author Benjamin Myers' new novel is inspired by the Cragg Vale Coiners who in the 18th century were behind the biggest countefeiting scam the country had ever seen. Picture Tony Johnson.

Money at the root of evil for Yorkshire’s very own Robin Hood

Everyone knows Dick Turpin and more films have been made and books written about Robin Hood than most historical figures, but the name of David Hartley is little known outside of a few historians and a small corner of West Yorkshire.

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The importance of books

The importance of books

I’m a big fan of book groups. They are sociable, literary, informative – and provide a convivial forum for lively discussion and debate. (There might also be a glass or two of wine involved...)

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VERSATILE: Actor George Costigan whose debut novel The Single Soldier is out now.

French connection

He’s acted in some classy TV dramas and with his debut novel George Costigan proves he also knows how to tell a cracking story. Yvette Huddleston reports.

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WRITE STUFF: Barbara Steel who has been manning the counter at The Grove Bookshop for 25 years where she has met writers such as Alan Bennett and American Bill Bryson.  PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Long shelf life for bookseller still turning over pages at 87

A West Yorkshire bookseller who counts Alan Bennett among her regular customers may be Britain’s oldest, but has no intention of turning over a new leaf.

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Sheffield author Simon Beckett.

My Yorkshire: Author Simon Beckett on his favourite people and places

A Sheffielder born and bred, Simon Beckett is the author of the bestselling crime series featuring forensic anthropologist hero Dr David Hunter. The fifth Hunter story, The Restless Dead, is out now.

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