launches retreat celebrating Northern literature

The Hotel will launch a retreat on the 14th of November, with an exclusive evening with Joanne Harris.

The Grand, York has launched its Reader’s Retreat – a page-turning journey through literary history and a celebration of inspiration from the heart of Yorkshire and the North of England.

Launching the retreat on 14th November, the hotel will hold a special evening with Joanne Harris. Renowned for her works, including Chocolat and the soon-to-be-released Honeycomb, Joanne will hold an exclusive talk as she shares her experiences of being a writer from the North. These local literary heroes have inspired her, and how she continues to weave their influence into her work.

The evening will start with a welcome drink and canapes as guests enjoy the timeless elegance juxtaposed against contemporary luxury. Nestled within the historic city of York, this magnificent venue will serve as the perfect backdrop for our literary adventure.

Following the talk, there will be an engaging Q&A session where guests can ask Joanne Harris their burning questions about her writing process, her inspirations, and her literary journey.

The retreat is bookable now for select dates in January – April. Including a two-night bed and breakfast stay at York’s only five-star hotel and dinner at its award-winning restaurant, The Rise, Readers Retreat offers guests the opportunity to visit locations around the city and surrounding areas that inspired some of the greatest novels of our time, part of an all-inclusive package. This is in partnership with Expedition Yorkshire.

Guests will have the chance to explore the wild and windswept Yorkshire Moors, where Emily Brontë penned the timeless masterpiece, Wuthering Heights and discover the gothic atmosphere of Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s much-loved novel Dracula.

Tickets for the exclusive launch evening are available for £35pp. Visit to book your ticket.

For more information on booking a Reader’s Retreat stay, visit

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