READERS of all ages can look forward to two days of literary treats at the Ryedale Book Festival in Malton this weekend.

The event gets under way today, with schools taking part in events as part of the festival’s out-reach programme.

Young readers can then enjoy a movie night with author Cressida Cowell and watch the film How To Train Your Dragon.

Tomorrow, there is a full day of fun literary activities inspired by lots of stories about dragons.

The day concludes with a bedtime story read by award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett.

For older readers the events start with a music memoir from biographer and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson who will share a Desert Island Discs-style musical journey through his life at The Milton Rooms today, Friday.

Tomorrow, Saturday, there is a veritable feast of literary treats for fans of fiction - from romance with Ryedale author Jane Lovering and crime with Stephen Booth to history with Tim Pears and Tracy Borman.

At 4.30pm in the Talbot Hotel the winner of the festival’s writing competition will be revealed by short story expert Chris Power.

Festival director Sarah Tyson said: “Each year we feel as though word is getting out that our events are interesting, entertaining, friendly and make a good day out for local people and visitors from further afield.

“It’s always lovely to hear people commenting so favourably about Malton and the surrounding area.”

For more information go to or phone the box office on 07983 943029.