Don’t Miss: Ryedale Book Festival

Andrew White
Andrew White

Various venues, June 29 to July 1

Ryedale Book Festival invites guests to join them on their inaugural Journey Fest Weekend which runs from Friday June 29 to Sunday July 1.

Toni Mackenzie

Toni Mackenzie

Exploring the concept of a journey from almost every conceivable angle, the varied programme includes events ranging from self-help to outdoor adventure, and from the historical conquests of the Vikings to the marvels of albatross migration.

Festival director Sarah Tyson said: “We are delighted to announce these first details of our varied and exciting line-up for our first Journey Fest Weekend, sponsored by Inntravel.

“All the events take place in Malton, which was featured as one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times.

“Malton is recognised for its foodie connections and for its strong community spirit, and being in the heart of Ryedale is perfect for this bijou literary weekend.

Raynor Winn

Raynor Winn

“The event will include appearances from some of the best travel and nature writers as well as fiction favourites, history, a craft workshop and traditional storytelling. It is a compact programme with a stellar line-up of artists, combined with the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing weekend in beautiful Ryedale.”

The weekend begins on Friday June 29 with former airhostess Toni Mackenzie, who penned the bestselling self-help title Your Flight to Happiness following a life-changing experience when she crash-landed.

A special Journey to Freedom dinner takes place at the Old Lodge Hotel, Malton, on the Friday with guest speakers Christina Lamb and Emma Jane Kirby, authors of The Girl from Aleppo and The Optician of Lampedusa’ whose books have been described as putting “a human face on the refugee crisis.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Refugee Council charity that is working in North Yorkshire.

On Saturday June 30 the whole family can join in the free Town Trail at participating shops in Malton’s historic town centre.

Malton Library will be holding a free event for young travellers. Young fans of David Attenborough will enjoy Mike Unwin’s Incredible Animal Journeys based on the research for his new title Migration.

In the afternoon,visitors can join a question and answer session with blogger Sian Anna Lewis, author of The Girl Outdoors, a modern adventure guide aimed at solo travellers that includes tips on how to prepare for your own journey.

Then be inspired by Raynor Winn’s description of what she discovered during her redemptive walk along the South West Coastal Path, featured in her book The Salt Path. Meanwhile, budding writers can learn from bestselling fiction writer Rachel Hore about the art of creating such a convincing sense of place for her readers.

Sunday July 1 will appeal to ramblers of all abilities as Andrew White, presenter of the television series Walks Around Britain, will lead a guided walk to Scampston Park (around six miles), ending with a visit to the local agricultural event Malton Show.

“Summertime is a wonderful time of year to celebrate journeys of every kind and we look forward to introducing new friends to our lovely part of the world,” said Sarah.

“The people who come along to our Festival have commented upon the warm welcome they receive from our friendly team of enthusiastic volunteers and also express their delight upon discovering Malton and the wider Ryedale district.”

Journey Fest Weekend runs from June 29 to July 1