Once upon a story time in Ripon ...

Little Ripon Book Shop.As part of Ripon Tarns Gill Edwards reads to little ones at The Little Ripon Book Shop. (1107124AM)
Little Ripon Book Shop.As part of Ripon Tarns Gill Edwards reads to little ones at The Little Ripon Book Shop. (1107124AM)

RIPON’S own festival of storytelling is in full swing.

Ripon Yarns was organised by Gill Edwards of the Little Ripon Bookshop and Sue Mackay from Ripon Workhouse Museum and they are delighted with the debut festival’s success.

“It’s gone brilliantly so far. It’s been very well supported by a whole variety of people,” said Gill.

The week kicked off with a courtroom drama at the Workhouse Museum and a chance for children to act out the trial of young Joseph Baines and find out what happened to misbehaving children in Victorian times.

The festival has also seen Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs speaking in the city, and still to come are talks by Ripon-based author Will Whitaker and Yorkshire climber Alistair Sutcliffe who will be telling his tales of conquering the highest peaks on every continent, as well as “Stories in the Park” with local storyteller Ted Flexman in the Spa Gardens.

Entries have also been rolling in for the Ripon Gazette’s short story competition. The competition is now closed, but the winning writer will be announced in the Ripon Gazette.