2015 Harrogate History Festival - photo special
PUBLISHED: 00:00 25 November 2015
Avid readers and headline authors helped make the third Harrogate History Festival, hosted by the arts charity Harrogate International Festivals, a resounding success.
2015 Harrogate History Festival
Ben Fergusson winner of the Debut Crown for New Historical Writing and Michael Morpurgo winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction award with Sharon Canavar
Fiona Movley, Princess Michael of Kent, Sharon Canavar
Kate Mosse, Manda Scott
Historical Writers Associations Debut Crown nominees with award ceremony host Mark Lawson
Lord Melvyn Bragg
War Horse author Michael Morpurgo with a fan
Historian and special guest Tracy Borman
School children wait to hear Michael Morpurgo
Special guests, included authors Tracy Borman, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Ken Follett, Michael Morpurgo, Kate Mosse, Neil Oliver and the Princess Michael of Kent.
Programming chair, Manda Scott, said: ‘As outgoing chair, I couldn’t have asked for a better swan song than this year’s festival. The atmosphere was alive in ways we could only have dreamed of, and every single panel and guest created that precious buzz of interest and imagination that is the heart of a successful festival. ’
Dates for 2016 have already been confirmed and the event will be taking place next year in Harrogate from October 20th-23rd.
The programming chair will be the York-based author Edwin Thomas, who writes historical adventure books under the pen name Tom Harper. w