Organizers hail another blockbuster success for Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Making an impression – The visually striking giant ‘talking heads’ interactive digital screen installed at the front of the Crown Hotel for this year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival.

Organizers were also delighted with how the latest chapter in the history of this popular four-day event held at the Crown Hotel unfolded, hailing it as another resounding success.

“I am delighted with this year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival,” said Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals.

“Celebrating the tenth anniversary was particularly special and the feedback from the public and our guest speakers has been tremendous.”

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival organizers and sponsor – Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals and Raworth Managing Partner, Simon Morris.

Speakers this year included Countdown’s Susie Dent, Homeland author Robert Harris, television presenter and historian Peter Snow, Roadshow antiquities expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan, Baroness Hale of Richmond, the former SAS soldier Chris Ryan, broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor, 8th Earl of Harewood David Lascelles, political commentators Iain Dale and Carol Walker, broadcaster and TV presenter Nihal Arthanayake, and Stephanois musician Bob Stanley.

In a further demonstration of the crass health of the festival – and its sheer creativity – the festival is breaking out of its literary conversation format.

Addressing the city, this year also featured a giant interactive digital display of ‘talking heads’ in the parking lot of the Crown Hotel where three giant ‘Easter Island’ heads talked, sang and told jokes , a family trail in the pine forest, Raworths Run, and an ‘Exploration of Literature‘.

For the giant ‘talking heads’, the Harrogate International Festivals team worked with pupils from Grove Road School for the voice-overs.

Highlight of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival – Lady Hale on stage at the Crown Hotel

As a thank you, HIF will contribute to the school library.

This year Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival marked another milestone in the history of the event – ​​the tenth anniversary of sponsorship by Harrogate-based law firm Raworths.

At last Friday’s Literary Luncheon, attended by more than 150 people and featuring Susie Dent, Raworth’s managing partner, Simon Morris announced his continuation for another five years.

“I would like to thank all the speakers and interviewers, The Crown Hotel for hosting us, ‘Festival,’ said Sharon Canavar, “and, of course, Raworths for their continued support of this annual cultural event.

“I am delighted that they are extending this partnership for another five years.”

Simon Morris of Raworths said: “We are very proud to have supported the Harrogate Literature Festival since its inception ten years ago.

“We are delighted to commit to the next five years and look forward to working alongside the festival team to continue to develop this cultural cornerstone.”

A celebration of great writing in a hospitable atmosphere, Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has earned a strong reputation as a nationally significant event since its inception ten years ago.

In recent years it has been chosen as ‘one of the best UK literary festivals’ by Harpers Bazaar magazine and ‘one of the top three UK literary festivals’ by The Guardian.

Guests in recent years have included former Prime Minister David Cameron, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and Ed Miliband.

The Raworths Festival is just one of a series of annual events presented by the arts charity Harrogate International Festivals which operates throughout the year.

These include: Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Berwins Salon North, Harrogate Music Festival, Harrogate International Sunday Series, the Fire and Light Experience in the Valley Gardens, Carnival and the Spiegeltent in Crescent Gardens, Harrogate.

Further information on Harrogate International Festivals can be found on its website,

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