York Literature Festival predicts record ticket sales after first Arts Council grant

York Literature Festival is predicting record ticket sales this year
York Literature Festival is predicting record ticket sales this year

The York Literature Festival is anticipating record ticket sales for this year's event, which has been bolstered by its first Arts Council grant.

Director Miles Salter said that a high profile programme with authors such as Will Self and DCI Banks writer Peter Robinson, poets Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage, and humourist Tony Hawks, had helped sell around 1,300 tickets. "For a small event like this, that’s fantastic. We’ve never had ticket sales like it before. It’s a reflection of some of the great names we’ve got this year."

Salter said the 2013 event, which takes place from 19-24 March, had also benefitted from a new management team that included sponsor York St John University. The Festival spans 14 venues and includes the 400-people capacity main room of the Theatre Royal for the first time, as well as the National Centre for Early Music.

The event, which has been run by a team of volunteers since 2009 received its first Arts Council funding last year with a £6,000 grant. Salter said he was optimistic for the future of the festival and that things were moving in the right direction. "We are still looking to get major sponsors involved. At the minute we are putting this together on £10,000 which is small beer. There is so much potential for the event here and York has so many prestigious venues."

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