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Ryedale Book Festival returns this September with dragon-themed literary activities for the kids and a galaxy of award-winning writers in a new season line-up. 
On Saturday 8th September, hear about the fairy tales that inspired Jen Campbell’s collection of short stories, ‘The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night.’ 
7pm to 9pm at the Ropery, Pickering, YO18 8DY. 
On Friday 21st September, the festival’s outreach programme includes opportunities for local schools to participate, while young readers can enjoy a movie night with Cressida Cowell, author of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, and watch the film version of the popular children’s book. 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Milton Rooms, Malton YO17 7LX. 
For older readers, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson will share a musical journey at the Milton Rooms,Malton, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm, YO17 7LX. 
On Saturday 22nd September, there will be a full day of literary activities based on the dragon theme such as magic, poetry, crafts and reading. 
The day ends with a bedtime story read by award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett. There’s also the writing and drawing competition supported by illustrator Jackie Morris, whose talents can be enjoyed in ‘Tell me a Dragon’. Events start at 12noon and there’s a full list of activities here. 
Meanwhile, local author Jane Lovering along with writers Stephen Booth, Tim Pears and Tracy Borman will be offering a wide variety of literary treats for older readers throughout Saturday 22nd September.  
Starting with Jane from 10am to 11am, Tim at 12noon to 1pm, Tracy at 2pm to 3pm and Stephen at 4pm to 5pm. The day concludes with Women and Social Media, 6pm to 7pm. Full details here.  
The winner of the festival’s writing competition will be announced at 4.30pm in the Talbot Hotel, Malton, revealed by short story expert Chris Power, who will also discuss the finer points of short story writing. 
And what better way to finish off the day that with Peter Stafford-Bow, former wine executive, who’s penned the recently published Corkscrew, a satire set in the world of supermarket wine buying. There will also be tutored wine tasting conducted by Peter. 
Full list of events can be found on the Festival’s website, and you can order your transport to and from any of these events through Station Taxis. 
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