Top folk star for NiddFest in Pateley on Saturday

NiddFest concert - Mercury Prize-nominated Kathryn Williams.
NiddFest concert - Mercury Prize-nominated Kathryn Williams.

This year’s NiddFest, the family-friendly nature writing festival endorsed by the Poet Laureate, is back tomorrow for a glorious weekend and it's presenting an exclusive music concert.

As part of the third annual NiddFest, centred on Pateley Bridge and the gorgeous surrounding countryside, Mercury Prize-nominated Kathryn Williams will be singing from her latest album Hypoxia at the Memorial Hall in Pateley Bridge this Saturday night.

Sponsored by the Harrogate Advertiser, this one-off show will see Williams performing tracks from her latest album Hypoxia, which was inspired by the poet Sylvia Plath’s famous book The Bell Jar.

The concert will run from 7.30pm to 9pm.

NiddFest will feature a host of top authors and family and children’s events from tomorrow, Friday August 5 to Sunday, August 7.

Supported by The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, the events range from a talk by the veteran peace activist Satish Kumar to a Brambly Hedge birthday party in the children’s tent.

NiddFest director Kit Peel said: “I’m looking forward to hearing author John Lewis-Stempel talking about the farmland he and his family have been tending for nine centuries. And also to local farmer Stephen Ramsden’s talk about life in Upper Nidderdale.”

The festival’s patron, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, has spoken of NiddFest’s important role in “focusing minds and hearts on the relationship between the human and the earth at a time when so much of the natural world is imperilled”.

If that makes it sound like a sombre affair, it’s far from it.

Kit said: “We had an incredible amount of support last year. Some of Britain’s leading writers came to an untried festival in a distant corner of England. One reason was undoubtedly the location.

“We don’t want the festival be stuffy or elitist. The aim is to put on a fun weekend.”

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