Another helping of literary lunch

Martin Bell
Martin Bell

Two literary lunches have been lined up in 2017 by a sister newspaper of the Sheffield Telegraph - with war correspondent and author Martin Bell lined up as the first speaker.

Last year The Yorkshire Post joined forces with Harrogate International Festivals to bring back the popular The Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch.

The next event will take place on April 25 at the Cairn Hotel in Harrogate.

As well as enjoying a two-course lunch and the chance to hear from one of the country’s best known TV reporters, audiences will have the opportunity to buy pre-release signed copies of his new book, War and The Death of News: Reflections of a Grade B Reporter.

The compelling account mixes autobiography, reportage and a ‘state of the nation’ survey of wartime reporting.

Martin Bell has been under fire in conflicts from Belfast to Nigeria and El Salvador, and kept the company of soldiers, warlords, mercenaries and militias.

He also spent four years as an independent MP in the House of Commons.

He draws on his memories as a soldier and journalist, using notebooks, diaries and poetry, reflecting on the pity of war, as well as the complex relationship between the media and the military.

The book is not due for general release until June.

The second literary lunch to be organised this year will take place during the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival in October.

The Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch with Martin Bell will start at noon.

To book visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com or call the box office on 01423 562 303.

Tickets are £35 and the price includes wine on arrival, two-course lunch, plus tea or coffee.