Writing on the wall ahead of Harrogate literature festival
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Oct 16, 2020
Book quotes shine bright on Raworth's Harrogate office.

A unique lights installation kicked up into life last night to highlight the power of the arts ahead of the Harrogate Literature Festival.

The Station Parade office of Raworths, the title sponsor of the festival, was covered in a selection of quotes from popular books.

Those behind the display chose quotes to reflect the difficult time for the arts and their hopes for the future.

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” by Victor Hugo, and “Books are a uniquely portable magic” by Stephen King were included.


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Harrogate’s literature festival is now in its 12th year but will, like many events, move online due to social distancing requirements.

The festival will run from October 23 to 25. It will be streamed on HIF Player on the Harrogate International Festival’s website.

Ten word stories appearing in Harrogate town centre

Meanwhile the literature festival organisers have also started to publish ten word stories on posters around the town centre.

The Stray Ferret enjoyed this ten word story by Ruby Fisher, one of the competition entries:

“Fat Rascals make the world go round. Breakfast of champions.”

Zoe Robinson, Raworths managing partner, said:

“We are looking for all kinds of story, funny, personal or evocative, it just has to involve Harrogate! I had great fun writing mine and hope everyone else has as much fun with theirs!

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 2020 National Libraries Week and can’t wait to read the entries.”

Raworths Harrogate Literary Festival

Some ten word stories posted near Raworths in Harrogate.

Arts charity Harrogate International Festivals usually creates 300 live event a year but saw its entire programme cancelled from March.

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

“Whilst the coronavirus pandemic may have cast a dark shadow over the world and forced the cancellation and re-invention of our entire 2020 calendar of events, this installation is a beaming example of the light that literature and the arts can bring in the darkness.”

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