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Talks, storytelling, music, theatre and more!

In conversation with Joanne Harris

A magical evening of storytelling and music with our Festival Guest Director, Yorkshire’s critically-acclaimed author Joanne Harris MBE.

CroissantsBreakfast with Yorkshire Women

Join Joanne Harris MBE, Dame Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Sue Newby, from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

The Great Botanical Adventure

Join storyteller Nick Hennessey as Dalesman Reginald Farrer for a whirlwind tour of the far east in this YFOS commission.

12 Silk Handkerchiefs

Our first Thursday Folk Night opens a window on Hull’s fishing community in the aftermath of the Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968.

Norse figures in silhouetteThe Magical World of Traditional Tales

Explore a mesmerising North mythology and British wonder tales with Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner Kevin Crossley-Holland.

ChocolatesExotic Pleasure

Master chocolatier David Greenwood-Haigh and Joanne Harris MBE discuss the exotic appeal, history and the place chocolate has in folklore and literature.

A woman and a man printing using a hand rollerRoald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers

Roald Dahl’s words are disappearing. Now only an organisation known as the ancient guild of tale-tenders can save the stories — and they need your help.

Mara with her arms spread wideBlood and Gold

Mythology and storytelling collide in this exploration of colonialism and slavery by Scottish Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies.

A Single Thread

Best selling author Tracy Chevalier shares her new book and invites you to fall into the 1930’s to discover the secret lives of female embroidery volunteers.

Portraits of Ben Okri OBE, Joanne Harris MBE and Kevin Crossley-Holland

Travellers’ Tales from Across the Globe

Passionate about traditional stories, Joanne Harris MBE, Ben Okri OBE and prize winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland invite you into their conversation.

Tales from my Grandmother’s Lips

An intimate evening of stories passed down to Yorkshire’s world renowned storyteller, Shonaleigh from her Bubbe (Grandmother) from Yiddish oral traditions.

Portrait of Ben Okri

Prayer for the Living

Ben Okri is a powerful writer with extraordinary tales that will make you wonder at the world and confuse illusion with reality. Is what you see all there is?

Dame Jenni Murray in Conversation

Dame Jenni Murray celebrates the struggles and achievements of women who’ve shaped our world whilst discussing her book A History of the World in 21 Women.

Amanda Owen on horseback with sheepdogThe Yorkshire Shepherdess

Discover why Amanda Owen left city life for the highs and lows of the countryside as we join her live on her farm to discover more about her remarkable farming life.

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