Who to see at Harrogate Literature Festival 2022

4:27 PM September 23, 2022

Countdown’s Susie Dent, the 8th Earl of Harewood, David Lascelles, Roadshow antiquities expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan, veteran broadcaster Peter Snow and former Supreme Court Justice Lady Hale are among the guest speakers on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2022.

Ronnie Archer-Morgan – Expert Antiques Roadshow will be at the festival
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Acclaimed historical novelist Robert Harris, SAS hero Chris Ryan and broadcaster and political commentator Iain Dale have also added their names to the list of successful speakers appearing on the tenth anniversary of the law firm’s sponsorship.

Other names already announced also include broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor, The Great British Dig co-presenter Dr Chloë Duckworth, and broadcaster and TV presenter Nihal Arthanayake.

Starting with a Literary Luncheon featuring Countdown’s Suzie Dent, this year will see 23 well-known names appear on the Raworths stage.

Robert Harris-2019 in London.  © Nick Gregan

Robert Harris will talk about his latest novel, Act of Oblivion
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Bringing down the curtain at the end of the four-day event is Country author, Robert Harris, who has had many of his novels adapted for television or film, including Enigmawhich starred Kate Winslet, and Archangel starring Daniel Craig.

He will talk about his latest exciting novel, act of forgetting – set in 1660 after the restoration of the monarchy – with BBC Radio Four’s Mark Lawson.

From the first meeting of an elected English Parliament on January 20, 1265, to the British vote to leave the EU on June 23, 2016, Iain Dale’s latest book, This day in history, retraces the main events of the last centuries, with one event per page, per day.

He will be joined on stage by Matt Stadlen, former LBC bandmate and Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival regular, as the duo journey through Britain’s political history, told in 365 fascinating events.

Meanwhile, former SAS Corporal Chris Ryan, better known as “The One Who Got Away” in Operation Bravo Two Zero during the first Gulf War, will share his incredible stories and how his own experiences influenced his writing.

The author of more than 70 books – including a romance penned under the pseudonym Molly Jackson – his stunning new thriller, Banned, centers on the regimental outcast, Jamie ‘Geordie’ Carter, who is given a second chance with a deniable mission.

Sharon Canavar, Managing Director of Harrogate International Festivals, which produces and organizes the event, said: “For the tenth anniversary of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, we have an amazing collection of guest speakers.

‘The latest names added to this year’s roll call, Robert Harris, Chris Ryan and Iain Dale, are all bestsellers in their own right and need no introduction, and the quality of the speakers is a testament to the ever-increasing importance of this year’s literature festival.’

Further information on the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, taking place from Thursday 20 October to Sunday 23 October at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate, can be found at: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/raworths-literature-festival/

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