Ed Miliband and Kate Vigurs heading to Harrogate for literary festival


Sep 6, 2021
Dr Kate Vigurs and Ed Miliband.

Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, historian Dr Kate Vigurs and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, are to visit Harrogate for one of the north of England’s leading literary festivals.

They are due to appear at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival live event, which is being held at Harrogate’s Crown Hotel from October 21 until October 24.

The line-up also includes BBC Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler, Costa Book of the Year winner Monique Roffey and Channel 5’s ‘Dogfather’ Graeme Hall.

The festival will begin with a literary lunch featuring BBC correspondent and BAFTA award-winning journalist, Paul Kenyon.

Mr Miliband, the MP for Doncaster North, will be following in the steps of his political adversary, former Prime Minister David Cameron, who headlined the festival in 2019, when he appears at the opening night.

Other writers appearing over the four days include Dr Waheed Arian, Robin Ince, Led By Donkeys founders James Sadri and Oliver Knowles, Dr Kate Vigurs, Dr Alastair Santhouse, Amy Jeffs and Melanie King

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Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, which organises the event, said:

“This festival has become one the country’s most important literary events, which gives an array of writers – which this year features leading politicians, academics, journalists, historians and activists, the chance to share their stories.

“The programme we have curated for this long weekend, set in the wonderful setting of The Crown Hotel, has been designed to entertain, inspire and surprise.”

Zoe Robinson, Raworths managing partner, said:

“Over the years, well-known figures from the world of politics, sport, acting and writing have graced the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival stage, and this year is no exception.”

Further information about the event will be published on Harrogate International Festivals’ website here.



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