A popular event at previous festivals, this showcase looks at a trio of novels that each take inspiration from Yorkshire, using its backdrop, history and surrounding areas as a literary muse. 

This year, we’re pleased to welcome three authors with new releases set in different eras of the three ridings’ storied history.

Join Stacey Halls, author of Mrs England, a family drama set in Edwardian West Yorkshire; Daisy Hildyard, the writer behind Emergency, a novel that escapes into the nostalgia of 1990s Yorkshire; and Sarah Maine, whose historical adventure, The Awakenings, takes readers back to the region circa 1890.

Spend your Saturday afternoon revelling in the lush literary heritage of God’s Own Country.

About The Authors

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Daisy Hildyard

Daisy Hildyard’s newnovelEmergencytells stories about the humans, animals, machines, and plants of a small rural area of North Yorkshire.Her first novelHunters in the Snow(2014) won a Somerset Maugham Award at the Society of Authors (UK), and a ‘5 Under 35’ honorarium at the National Book Awards (USA). Her long essay The Second Body (2017) thinks about how climate change is shaping human experiences.She lives in York.

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Stacey Halls

Stacey Halls was born in Lancashire and worked as a journalist before her debut The Familiars was published in 2019. It was the bestselling debut hardback novel of that year, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ Debut Book of the Year. The Foundling, her second novel, was also a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Mrs England is her third bestselling novel, which published in paperback January 2022. Stacey was nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction x Good Housekeeping Futures initiative with Mrs England. 


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Sarah Maine

Sarah Maine was born in England but grew up partly in Canada before returning to England for university. She studied archaeology and for many years worked in the profession but is now a freelance writer and researcher. Sarah’s debut novel The House Between Tides (previously Bhalla Strand 2014was re-published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2018. Beyond the Wild River (2017) is her second novel and her third novel Women of the Dunes was published in 2018. Her latest novel, The Awakenings (2022) was published in March.