Welcome to Scarborough's new look book festival!
'Books by the Beach' - A heady mix of top authors, broadcasters and historians.
'Scarborough Flare' - a platform for local artists, writers, poets and playwrights.

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Bestselling author Joanna Trollope will be talking about her hotly awaited novel, 'Balancing Act' -Thursday 24th April at Scarborough Library Concert Hall.

Friday 25th April -Joanna will be talking about The Austen Project and her reworking of 'Sense and Sensibility'.  Sharing the stage will be Jo Baker, author of 'Longbourn - Pride and Prejudice, the servants' story'.

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Festival Finale - Kate Adie, Former BBC Chief News Correspondent will be telling the story of how women's roles changed when the men went to fight in 1914.  This is just one of the events we will be including in our programme as part of the commemoration of WW1.

Kate will be appearing at Scarborough Library Concert Hall - Sunday 27th April.
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Dame Margaret Drabble will be reading from and discussing her critically acclaimed, 'The Pure Gold Baby' - a novel of unbreakable love, enduring friendships and a society changing forever.

An unmissable event at Scarborough Library Concert Hall - Friday 25th April.

Dr Lucy Worsley, BBC historian is appearing on Sunday 27th April at Scarborough Library Concert Hall.

Lucy will be revealing the nation's obsession with crime in her new book, 'A Very British Murder', which accompanies her BBC 2 series.


'Books by the Beach' authors confirmed for April 2014 :- 
Lucy Worsley, Kate Adie, Joanna Trollope, Margaret Drabble, James Naughtie, Mark Lawson, Peter Snow, Joanne Harris, Jo Baker, Michael Jones, Philippa Langley, Allan Mallinson, Lynn Shepherd and Sally Magnusson.  

Exciting news! Just confirmed - the two Marks!  Mark Billingham will be talking to Mark Ellen about his life in music.  Also the welcome return of Barry Forshaw!
Watch this space for regular updates!

Festival directors:- Peter Guttridge and Heather French