Two award-winning journalists will be in Yorkshire’s Food Capital on 29th June to draw attention to a ‘Journey to Freedom’.

Ryedale Book Festival has invited Christina Lamb OBE and Emma Jane Kirby to share their experiences of the refugee crisis at a special celebratory dinner ahead of the Festival’s latest events.

Christina is co-author of 'The Girl from Aleppo – Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom' and Emma Jane Kirby, penned 'The Optician of Lampedusa', and these respected writers will share a meal with guests at the Old Lodge Hotel in Malton, North Yorkshire ahead of the Festival’s journey-themed literary weekend.

Christina and Emma Jane will join guests for the two-course dinner featuring recipes from Marlene Matar’s 'The Aleppo Cookbook', which wowed food critics from around the globe when it was published last year.

Sarah Tyson, Festival Director, said: “There is much that we can learn from the stories that Christina and Emma Jane: not all journeys are taken willingly in our world today.

“The evening promises to be an uplifting and inspiring event, spent in the company of two respected writers who have helped to put a human face to the on-going global refugee crisis through their journalism and their books.”

Profits from the evening will be donated to The Refugee Council, a charity that is supporting refugees to make their first challenging steps towards resettlement in North Yorkshire.

Tickets for the dinner are available from the website or the Festival Box Office: 07983 943 029


Editor’s Notes:
Ticket Prices: £35.00 per person including dinner and a copy of the one of the books discussed.
Tickets: Available from
Interviews: Please contact Sarah Tyson by telephoning: 07887 554 530
The evening is part of the Ryedale Book Festival Journey Weekend, commencing on Friday 29th June and concluding on Sunday 1st July 2018. Further details to be announced soon.

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