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Lee Mavers and John Power of The La's at Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool in 1987. (Picture by Jake Summerton)

There they come! The La's in Harrogate tomorrow

A Harrogate art gallery with a reputation for bringing cool artists and rock n rollers to town has an exciting new event this weekend.
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Legendary broadcaster and campaigner Joan Bakewell in a recent photograph.

Joan Bakewell says women will win after Weinstein scandal

If anyone’s managed to navigate the changing landscape for women in public life over the past 50 years with dignity it’s Joan Bakewell.
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Sir Chris Bonnington in Harrogate. Picture: Charlotte Graham

How Chris Bonnington scaled the heights from Almscliffe to Everest

AT a little under 700ft, the hilly outcrop on the outskirts of Harrogate known as Almscliffe Crag is some way from Everest down the scale of difficulty.

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'In Conversation' at The Las's 1987 Exhibition at RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate -  ex-The La's Paul Hemmings, Graham Chalmers of the Harrogate Advertiser, and photographer Jake Summerton.

The La's talk and exhibition is hit in Harrogate

Review: The La's in Conversation at RedHouse Originals gallery, Harrogate

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Denise Welch is appearing at the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival on Friday. (Picture: Ruth Crafer).

Denise Welch on bikinis, body confidence and books

As actress and author Denise Welch heads to the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, she talks to Ann Chadwick.

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Fiona Mozley with her debut novel, Elmet.

York author denied dream ending in Man Booker prize ceremony

An author from York has missed out on one of literature’s top prizes after being shortlisted for her debut novel.

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NEW NORTHERN HOME: Stefan Tobler of And Other Stories which has relocated to Sheffield from London.

Friends in the North

As publisher And Other Stories celebrates its recent move from London to Sheffield with a literary prize, Yvette Huddleston speaks to its founder.

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The hidden story behind Winnie-the-Pooh and his creator AA Milne is a fascinating one.

The fascinating story behind Winnie-the-Pooh, his creator AA Milne and the battle with mental health

When Doctor Sarah Shea and a team of fellow paediatricians released their journal Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne in 2000, they were “gobsmacked” by the international response.

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Child abduction and secrets on Ilkley Moor

Child abduction and secrets on Ilkley Moor

A Yorkshire author has chosen atmospheric Ilkley Moor as the setting for her harrowing new novel.

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NEW MUSIC: Singer-songwriter and composer Emmy the Great.

Literary score

A new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opened in York this week, with an original score and songs by Emmy the Great. She spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

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The funniest book titles using Leeds place names

The funniest book titles using Leeds place names

The hashtag 'Leedsifyanovel is trending on Twitter today.

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Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka’s father really was writing a book about the history of tractors when she wrote her best selling novel.

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BIG NAME: Victoria Derbyshire is among the headliners at the festival.

Preview: Ilkley Literature Festival

One of the longest-running and most prestigious literary festivals in the North, Ilkley Literature Festival opens this weekend and, as always, there is a wide range of events to look forward to in its two and a half week run.

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Festival director Rachel Feldberg at the Kings Hall, Ilkley. PIC: Simon Hulme

‘Hard luck stories’ in ticket queue as Alan Bennett launches north’s oldest literature festival at Ilkley

It was literally the only show in town so they could have booked anyone they wanted. As it was, their star turn had been there for just a few hours when he locked horns with a vicar.

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Poet and broadcaster Kate Fox who is appearing at the first-ever Ripon Poetry Festival.

Famous poets for new festival in Ripon

The winners of the first Ripon Poetry Festival competition which will see visits by Michael Rosen and Kate Fox have now been unveiled.
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Hugh Thomson and his faithful mule, Jethro, during their trek across the country.

My journey coast to coast with a mule

Mules were once used to transport goods across the country. Writer Hugh Thomson revived this ancient tradtion and recounts his experiences in his latest book.

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John Cooper Clarke, who is appearing at Contains Strong Language in Hull. Picture: Gerald Jenkins

John Cooper Clarke: ‘I don’t see myself as a national treasure because I’m not dead yet’

John Cooper Clarke is pondering recent sources of inspiration for his poetry.

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EMMY WINNER: Elisabeth Moss posing with her awards for outstanding lead actress in a drama series and outstanding drama series for The Handmaid's Tal" at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.  Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Value in imagination

It was announced this week that The Handmaid’s Tale won a well-deserved clutch of awards at the Emmys – I think I may have staged a one-woman protest if it hadn’t.

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Author Edwin Thomas who writes historical novels under the pseudonym Tom Harper.
 PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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.

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