Celebrity authors in Harrogate for Raworths Literature Festival

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The pages of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival open today, Thursday at the Crown Hotel with a sensational line-up of authors from Richard and Judy to Will Hutton and Alan Johnson to Slade’s Noddy Holder .

Michelle Mone launches the event at noon with the Raworths Literary Lunch in association with Yorkshire Life.

A few highlights are as follows:

Thursday, July 2:

3.30pm – Kitchen potter Emma Bridgewater gives a personal insight into her unique designs.

5pm – Countrywise presenter Paul Heiney tells the physical and emotional journey of sailing Cape Horn.

6.30pm – Bill Oddie muses over his career in natural history.

8pm – Noddy Holder muses marriage, music and more.

Friday, July 3 features:

12.30pm – Economist Will Hutton gives a compelling talk on How Good We Can Be.

2pm – Peter Moore tells the swashbuckling story of the mavericks who pioneered the science of weather forecasting.

6.30pm – TV’s most famous couple return to Harrogate as Richard Madeley is in conversation with Judy Finnigan.

8pm – Put away your mobile phones. Trigger Happy Dom Joly takes to the stage.

Highlights on Saturday include Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Robert Sackville West, Matt Haig on his bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive, MP Alan Johnson, former Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres and comedian Jenny Éclair interviewed by stand-up and broadcaster, Viv Groskop.

Sunday offers to reveal the secret to happiness with academic Theodore Zeldin, a peak behind the campaign trail with Sam Delaney, bestselling author Sadie Jones, the Guardian’s beauty editor Sali Hughes, Tracey Thorn and Chocolat author, Joanne Harris. Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale at the door if you haven’t yet booked your seats.

Box Office: 01423 562 303. Tickets also on sale at the Town Centre Box Office, located next to the Victoria Shopping Centre.

Visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com for the full programme or to book online.