York Literature Festival

The York Literature Festival opens today. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is the headline act. Girl With A Pearl Earring author Tracey Chevalier will also be appearing, along with crime novelist Peter Robinson and the Yorkshire poet, author and broadcaster Simon Armitage.

The 2013 event is supported for the first time by a grant from the Arts Council of more than £6,000. Events are taking place across the city. You can download a festival programme here.