Brilliant music line-up for North Yorks music fest

Tickets are going fast for North Yorkshire’s superb Deer Shed Festival which has gone from strength to strength since it was first launched a decade ago and this year, in particular, boasts a fab set big name headliners.

man's best friend: Ben Myers, whose book Under the Rock is out this week, with his dog Heathcliff.

Ben Myers on the relationship between literature and nature

In his latest book Under the Rock, award-winning author, journalist and poet Ben Myers explores nature and literature. He spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

Yorkshire music legend Chris Simpson with his Magna Carta including Wendy Ross on violin.

Harrogate music legend for Grassington Festival

A Harrogate music legend is to give a rare performance in words and music in this year’s Grassington Festival.
More popular than Wind in the Willows! Bestselling Harrogate nature writer Rob Cowen.

'Touched by genius' writer for Harrogate district festival

Interview by Ann Chadwick

Javaad Alipoor is directing on the Crucible stage for the first time.

A classic American story comes to Sheffield

For his directorial debut at the Crucible, Javaad Alipoor is taking on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Nick Ahad reports.

Academics in Huddersfield have created the world's most extensive collection of rare Ted Hughes books.

How £12,000 purchase has helped academics in Huddersfield assemble world’s most extensive Ted Hughes collection

Academics in Huddersfield have assembled the world’s most extensive collection of rare Ted Hughes poems after buying a handwritten volume for £11,000. Chris Burn reports.

David Granville at Books on the Park. Picture: David Bocking

Sheffield bookshop that faced closure is saved with a new name and location

A popular bookshop in Sheffield that faced closure is getting a fresh lease of life at another location.
Award-winning songwriter Chris Difford of Squeeze - Playing a weekend of two intimate shows in Harrogate.

Interview: Why Squeeze man is playing intimate Harrogate shows

Once hailed as one half of the “new Lennon and McCartney”, Chris Difford now combines a successful music career with a new title – “man of memoirs”.
Famous pals! Knaresborough DJ Fatboy Slim with the legendary Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim helps Harrogate man with new book

The Harrogate area’s most famous DJ has nearly completed his definitive history of the Big Beat dance music movement - with a little help from some legendary names from the Rave era.
Kitty Wright, executive director of the Bront� Society, and John Thirlwell, chair of the trustees, Bront� Society, at the Bronte  Parsonage Museum.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

The Brontë parson who made the books look better

The internecine conflict between its traditionalists and modernists has for years played out like the plot from a Victorian novel. But the latest figures to emerge from the parsonage at Haworth suggest that the steady­ing influence of a clergyman who is Patrick Brontë’s spiritual successor might finally be calming the waters.

Coming to Ripon - Ian MacMillan, one of the expected highlights of Ripon Poetry Festival 2018.

Top names for Ripon Poetry Festival 2018

An exciting arts festival which put Ripon on the national map last year is returning in 2018 with another impressive line-up - and a famous author is coming to play music!

Kate Bush, whose single Wuthering Heights went to number one in 1978, is to create a new work of art in honour of Emily Bronte.

Kate Bush revisits Wuthering Heights to create new work of art in memory of Emily Bronte

It was in 1978 when Kate Bush appeared in that video, wearing that white dress as she sang for the first time Wuthering Heights. Now 40 years on, the singer is once again channelling the spirit of Top Withens to create a brand new work of art in honour of Emily Bronte.

Birdsong: The cuckoo makes an instantly recognisable sound that matches its name.  (Picture: PA WIRE).

What’s the name of the game when it comes to birds?

Birds are a much loved part of our everyday life, but where do their names come from? A new book helps shed some light on the question, as Chris Bond reports.

The Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, attributed to John Taylor. Picture National Portrait Gallery

Did you know that these 36 everyday phrases were created by Shakespeare?

April 23 marks the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and potentially his birth, although the exact date of this remains unknown). With this comes the remembrance and celebration of his life and the distinguished works for which he is known by to this very day.
Bluemoose Books publisher Kevin Duffy with one of his early successes, King Crow by Michael Stewart.

Yvette Huddleston: Why publishers needs to look north if they really want to diversify

In an open letter published in The Bookseller last week, a group of independent publishers from across the North of England, many of them based in Yorkshire, made a bid to redefine the country’s literary landscape.

Cosey Fanni Tutti

Interview – Cosey Fanni Tutti: ‘I would never harm anyone else in pursuit of what I want to do’

Well known as a controversial artist, with the publication of her memoir Cosey Fanni Tutti is now receiving plaudits as an author. Duncan Seaman reports.

Author Benjamin Myers.

The Yorkshire author now vying for historical fiction’s most prestigious prize

He may be represented by the smallest publisher on the shortlist, but author Benjamin Myers is now vying for one of literature’s biggest - and most prestigious - prizes. Based in the Upper Calder Valley, Mr Myers’ The Gallows Pole has been nominated for this year’s £25,000 Walter Scott Prize, set up to celebrate the best in historical fiction.

Live at Leeds headliners - The Vaccines.

Live at Leeds fest's exciting new developments

It’s more than 20 years since the event which helped kick-start Leeds’ transformation into a major centre for indie music arrived in town - and inspired me to launch the first, and only, Harrogate-based music magazine, Charm.
Chair of trustees Isobel Nixon at Scalby and Newby Library. (Richard Ponter).

North Yorkshire’s libraries enjoying a new chapter

It’s 12 months since volunteer groups took over a number of North Yorkshire libraries to ensure they didn’t close. Chris Bond looks at how they have been getting on.

Out Of Thin Air by Anthony Adeana, 16.99, Riverrun, Hardback

Book review: Out Of Thin Air by Anthony Adeane

A gripping true crime about the disappearance of two men in 1970's Iceland.

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