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‘Dream world’ as authors mix with the literati

She floated on to the stage last night as if in a dream, a character in her own novel, and shook the hand of Stephen Fry.

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New book published - Knaresborough DJ Rory Hoy.

Star-studded 1990s book by Knaresborough man

The talented Knaresborough DJ and producer who has made his name in Big Beat and House music across the UK is paying tribute to his heroes of the 1990s with his first published book.

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Bradford's Midland Station. Picture: Historic England/Paul Chrystall

Bradford: Grim images of city whose chimneys belched out death

It was some time in the mid-19th century that the writer Georg Weerth, a friend and companion of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, set foot in Bradford, and was duly appalled.

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Matt Haig. PIC: Simon Hulme

Big interview: Author Matt Haig on our anxious world

With author Matt Haig back in Leeds this month, Chris Bond caught up with him to talk about his new book, mental health and why he misses Yorkshire.

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Harrogate music legend Ashley Reaks.

Review: Harrogate musician's brilliant World Music

Ashley Reaks - The Earth Swan Sings Again (album)
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Lady Melbourne's parties in these grand London rooms attracted the likes of Lord Byron.

The long climb to the heart of Regency society

Elizabeth Milbanke was the biggest social climber of her day, a North Riding squire’s daughter who was a glittering political hostess in Regency London. Colin Brown reports.

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Michael Stewart has organised the project

Blazing a trail in Bradford with the Brontës

This weekend sees the unveiling of the Brontë Stones project at Bradford Literature Festival. Yvette Huddleston spoke to the man behind the idea.

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Suzi Quatro.

Big interview: Rock legend Suzi Quatro turns writer

Suzi Quatro enjoyed fame as a rock star in the 70s, but she’s also written a poetry collection and a novel. Chris Bond spoke to her as she heads to the Bradford Literature Festival.

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Eric Knight (left) and director Fred Wilcox examine the script for Lassie Come Home

Amazing story of the superhero with a Yorkshire accent, from the local boy who rose from stirring glue at the knacker’s yard to creating Lassie

He was friends with Ernest Hemingway and his work inspired Bradford’s JB Priestley – yet the incredible life story of the Wharfedale writer who created Lassie and whose dialect tales of a Yorkshire superhero were best-sellers on both sides of the Atlantic, is one almost entirely lost to literature.

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The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel, The Handmaid's Tale, has been lauded by critics and viewers alike. (PA).

Anthony Clavane: The best dystopian drama holds up a mirror to society

For the last few weeks, during my frequent journeys to St James’ Hospital, I have driven past the imposing Thackray Medical Museum and wondered about a sign on its gates imploring visitors to “experience the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds.”

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Georgia Duffy, managing director of Imagined Things, outside her independent Harrogate store.

Harrogate shop's boost for book lovers

Harrogate's only independent book store is flying the flag for book lovers during Independent Bookshop Week.
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Chapter and verse on Shakespeare - the greatest writer in the language

He is the greatest writer in the English language so we asked actors, playwrights, theatre directors and an academic to tell us ‘What Shakespeare means to me…’ Compiled by Chris Bond.

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Harrogate show by famous Posy Simmonds launched.

Harrogate show by famous Posy Simmonds launched

Harrogate’s Mercer Gallery is presenting an artistic coup this weekend with the sort of name usually associated with bigger city galleries.

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NiddFest appearance in Pateley Bridge this weekend - Harrogate author Rob Cowen.

Preview: 'Greatest' nature book author speaks in North Yorks

Award-winning Harrogate author Rob Cowen will be in conversation on stage this Sunday lunchtime at Pateley Bridge Playhouse.

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Georgia Duffy, managing director of Imagined Things book store in Harrogate - and a Gruffalo!

Family fun at Harrogate book store

Harrogate's only independent book store is taking part in a family-friendly "Where's Wally" hunt from today

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World famous DJ Graeme Park who is performing at Harrogate International Festival in July.

Superstar DJ set for Harrogate event

World famous DJ Graeme Park has been talking to the Harrogate Advertiser in advance of his exciting Harrogate Festival appearance in a few weeks' time.

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Anne O'Brien.

Big interview: Anne O’Brien on giving voice to history’s women

They were silenced by history, but author Anne O’Brien tells Sarah Freeman why she is on a mission to give medieval women their voice back.

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Author Fiona Mozley, of York

New leaf for local shops as Amazon’s flow turns

Barely a few years after their demise had been foretold and the eulogies written, a different story has begun to emerge from some of the region’s traditional bookshops.

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Festival organiser Trevor Wilson

Dales country house with a literary past will host Yorkshire’s first book festival exclusively for young readers

Its history is attached to some of the oldest and most venerable printed works in existence, but for its next chapter, a country house in the Dales that was the seat of a long-extinct baronetcy will target a more casual reader.

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Coming to North Yorkshire - Festival star Gaz Coombes.

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.

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