Harrogate’s Raworths Literature Festival is moving to a virtual format this year due to Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean the line-up is any less star-studded!

Writers, politicians, historians and broadcasters are among those coming together for the first ever digital version of the festival, available to stream free from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th October.

So who will be making an appearance this year?

Raworths Literature Festival

Raworths Literature Festival will run in a virtual format from 23-25th October.

Jeremy Vine

BBC Radio 2 and Eggheads presenter Jeremy Vine is set to make an appearance at this year’s Literature Festival, presenting his debut novel The Diver and The Lover. 

Inspired by true events and Vine’s obsession with Salvador Dali, this is billed as ‘a powerful story of love and sacrifice and the lengths we will go to for who – or what – we love.’

Rory Bremner

One of Britain’s top satirical impressionists Rory Bremner will be reflecting on his career so far in what has been a 30-year TV career.

Bremner has won numerous awards during his time on our screens, including 3 BAFTAs for his long-running Channel 4 satire series Bremner Bird & Fortune.

Lloyd Grossman

Lloyd Grossman

A name you might recognise from television – or from your kitchen cupboard!

Journalist, TV presenter and food brand creator Loyd Grossman will feature to talk about his latest novel An Elephant in Rome, which draws on his lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage.

Ken Follett

Ken Follett

Author Ken Follett delves into his new book, the prequel to his best-selling novel The Pillars of the Earth.

Set over a century before the events of the original novel, The Evening and The Morning tells the story of three very different individuals and how they come together in conflict against a ruthless bishop who will do anything for wealth and power.

David Lammy

Tottenham MP David Lammy will be on hand to talk Tribes – both a memoir and a call-to-arms.

Lammy examines how this need to belong – genetically programmed and socially acquired – can manifest itself in positive ways, collaboratively achieving great things that individuals alone cannot.

Hugo Vickers

Hugo Vickers

Novelist Hugo Vickers has admitted he has always been obsessed by the beau monde and above all, the aristocracy and the crown.

His latest novel The Sphinx is a revealing biography drawing on Gladys Deacons personal archive along with Vickers’s own research, uncovering a beguiling, clever, independent woman who was the brightest star of her age.

To see the full list of those set to feature at the Raworths Literature Festival 2020, check out the Harrogate International Festivals website.

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