York Literature Festival



Saturday 18 March 2017

The festival promotes the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry. It also features music, comedy, cinema and theatre in the programme.

Mark Gatiss in Conversation

3.00pm – 5.30pm

£15 + transaction fee from Grand Opera House York

Mark Gatiss first came to prominence as one of the writer/performers of the award-winning comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen. As well as appearing in Doctor Who, Mark has written television scripts for four Doctors, and co-created the international hit Sherlock, in which he also plays Mycroft Holmes.

Other television credits include Wolf Hall, Nighty Night, Game of Thrones and writing and directing the revived A Ghost Story for Christmas.  His fictional adventurer Lucifier Box has featured in three best-selling novels.

Michael Palin in Conversation

7.00pm – 9.30pm

£22.50 + transaction fee from Grand Opera House York

Michael Palin CBE is a founding member of the internationally renowned Monty Python team, revelling in the fish-slapping dance, the lumberjack song, and performing the Dead Parrot sketch more times than is good for anyone. He went on to co-write and star in Ripping Yarnswith Terry Jones, before becoming the nation’s favourite travelling companion with Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle. His big screen credits have included many collaborations with Terry Gilliam, including Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, Brazil and, most recently, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

He starred opposite John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda and its equal Fierce Creatures. His many publications include the West End play The Weekend, a collection of limericks, the novelHemingway’s Chair, Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, and three best-selling volumes of diaries. Michael was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2013. He will be in conversation with Robert Ross.

Mark Gatiss and Michael Palin will be in conversation with Robert Ross.

Robert Ross has written a library of books on the history and stars of British comedy, includingThe Carry On Story, The Monty Python Encyclopaedia, Steptoe and Son – Any Old Iron, TheComplete Frankie Howerd, Sid James – Cockney Rebel and Marty Feldman – The Biography of a Comedy Legend; which inspired his play Jeepers Creepers, that premiered at the Leicester Square Theatre last January. He has also written several Big Finish Doctor Whoadventures for the sixth Doctor Colin Baker. A regular show business pundit, his credits includeBall-Breakers on the Box and The One Show.

Tickets: £15.00 & £22.50

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