Law firm on the literary case

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

12:21pm 16th March 2017
(Updated 12:29pm 16th March 2017)

One of Yorkshire's longest established law firms, Raworths, has announced its continuation as title sponsor of Harrogate's premier event for book lovers.

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival is returning for a seventh year and has moved to a new autumn slot.

It's become the hot ticket on the national festival circuit, thanks to its stellar line-up of literary names.

Harper's Bazaar picked the event as one of the UK's best literary festivals.

Over the years, it's welcomed Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kate Adie, Michael Palin, Alastair Campbell, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Kate Atkinson, Sue Townsend, John Suchet and Noddy Holder.

This year's programme will reflect the Harrogate International Festivals' overarching theme for 2017 - 'Generations'.

Raworths became the inaugural sponsor of the Harrogate Literature Festival in 2012 to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Zoe Robinson, Managing Partner of Raworths, said: "We are thrilled to continue our support of Harrogate International Festivals. There is a real synergy in this partnership of two long-standing Harrogate institutions, both proud of our legacies and contribution to the town.

"Raworths' approach and values have been passed down through three generations of the Butterworth family in the firm, which was originally established 130 years ago in 1887 by Edwin Raworth, the great-grandfather of newsreader Sophie Raworth.

"We are committed to Harrogate, and proud to support the arts in the area and help enhance the town's national reputation as the 'Jewel of the North', making it such a vibrant place in which to live and work."

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Raworths Managing Partner Zoe Robinson with Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley at the 2015 Festival

Gemma Rowland, Operations Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: "We are extremely grateful to Raworths for their commitment, and passionate support.

"The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has built an enviable reputation as a bespoke high-calibre literary event. For this reason, we have taken the decision to move the Festival to October - to give it room to further flourish and grow outside of our busy summer programme. October is also perfect timing for new releases ahead of the Christmas period to allow us to bring the biggest and best names and themes to our audiences.

"As an arts charity, only 2% of our income is from public money. The support of Raworths helps Harrogate continue to attract the biggest names in publishing. This shows what exciting innovation is possible when the business community steps in to support the arts."

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival returns from 19 to 22 October, at The Crown Hotel, and the programme will be announced in June.

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