Follet and Morpurgo star in Harrogate History Fest line-up

Follet and Morpurgo star in Harrogate History Fest line-up

Ken Follett [pictured], Michael Morpurgo, and Kate Mosse will be among the writers at the third Harrogate History Festival.

Others appearing at the festival, run in association with the Historical Writers’ Association (HWA), include Princess Michael of Kent, Thomas Cromwell biographer Tracy Borman, and Scottish historian and broadcaster Neil Oliver.

Gemma Rowland, literature festivals manager, said: “Harrogate’s literary festivals are an essential part of the publishing calendar and the History Festival is no exception.

“Now in our third year, we have gathered some of the most exciting names in historical writing, both fiction and non-fiction, for old and young alike. From Michael Morpurgo to Kate Mosse, Neil Oliver to Melvyn Bragg and Princess Michael of Kent, we have something for everyone, and all united in a passion for history in all its forms.”

The festival will open with the HWA Debut Crown for New Historical Fiction and the Harrogate History Festival’s Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction will also be presented, in a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson.

Other events include a ‘My Era’s Better than Yours’ vote, in which period writers will attempt to convince the audience that the Romans, Tudors, Vikings or Ancient Greeks are the best eras for time travellers to return to in a Tardis.

The Harrogate History Festival takes place at the Old Swan Hotel from 22nd to 25th October.