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Harrogate town centre to be lit up with literature during twilight projector bike tour

Harrogate town centre is to be ‘lit up with literature’ when a pair of projector bikes tour the town shining a light on the joy of books and reading.

Setting off at twilight on Friday October 15, the bikes will be pedalled around the streets with their riders handing out a selection of novels by inviting people they pass to ‘stop me and book one’. The evening forms part of the build up to the forthcoming Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, which takes place from Thursday, October 21 until Sunday, October 24.

Being staged at Harrogate’s Crown Hotel, and produced by Harrogate International Festivals, this year’s speakers include Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, former Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, comedian and broadcaster, Robin Ince; ‘Dogfather’ Graeme Hall, 2020 Costa Book of the Year winner Monique Roffey, and former Chief Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal. Harrogate International Festivals chief executive Sharon Canavar said: “The sound of ice cream van jingles and their ‘stop me and buy one’ rallying cry don’t ring out very often during October, but we are bringing ‘stop me and book one’ to Harrogate, as part of our aim to light up the town with literature.

“The evening forms part of the build up to the forthcoming Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, and is being created to shine a light on the world of literature and the enjoyment that books and reading brings.

“Last year, we lit up the Raworths office on Station Parade. This year, we are taking our message to the streets. Two special bikes will be riding around the town projecting animations onto buildings and pavements. And for those who stop them, they will not be presented with ices or lollies, but free books.

“These mini mobile cinemas are great fun and a terrific excuse for families to bring out their torches, head into Harrogate, and be part of an entertaining and illuminating experience.”

Information about this year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, and the visiting guest writers, can be found on Harrogate International Festivals’ website: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/raworths-literature-festival/

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