Close collaborators of Beatles and Bowie coming to North Yorks festival

The Beatles pictured backstage with fans at the Royal Hall in Harrogate in 1963. (Picture by Terry Mason)
The Beatles pictured backstage with fans at the Royal Hall in Harrogate in 1963. (Picture by Terry Mason)
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The eighth year of North Yorkshire’s Deer Shed music and arts festival has announced its literary line-up - and it promises to be the best one yet.

Based in lovely parkland near Topcliffe, Deer Shed has built a reputation as the UK’s ultimate family friendly festival due to its extensive and diverse music, arts and science programme.

Well-known names set to arrive at Baldersby Park in this family-friendly festival which runs from July 21-23 include Owen Jones, Tim Dowling, Stuart Heritage, Amy Liptrot, Woody Woodmansey, Ken Scott, Rob Cowen and Kate Pankhurst with topics including David Bowie, The Beatles, current politics, self-help and feminism.

Headlining guest Owen Jones is the inspiring journalist from The Guardian and author of books like Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment And How They Get Away With It.

Ken Scott, best known as Beatles engineer and producer of no less than five classic David Bowie albums, and Woody Woodmansey, drummer in Bowie’s Spider the Mars band, will be telling all before a joint audience Q&A.

Hailed as the inventor of a whole new genre of literature – the self-hinder book, as opposed to the self-help book – Tim Dowling will appear at #DeerShed8 to speak of his recent book, Dad You Suck.

Kate Pankhurst will be talking about her latest book of illustrations, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World while Harrogate writer Rob Cowen will be discussing his ground-breaking nature book Common Ground which is set in Bilton and the Nidd Gorge.