Putting the books on show
The sun shone on the 113th Muker Show on 5th September - a small but perfectly formed agricultural and horticultural show that included sheep dog trials, a local produce tent, fell races and the wonderful sound of the Muker Silver Band playing in the sunshine
The annual agricultural shows in the Yorkshire Dales generally take place at the end of the summer holiday season – two of them over the August bank holiday weekend: the Wensleydale Show in Leyburn is a big affair attracting many thousands of people on the Saturday, and the Reeth show in Swaledale is smaller but remarkably popular with visitors. Last but by no means the least is the Muker Show in early September. It is a much smaller event, tucked away in Upper Swaledale but there are visitors from across the country who plan their holidays to return every year. It is the only show I take my books to now, preferring to meet readers through signings and talking to groups such as the WI and U3A, but I know I will meet regulars at the Muker Show and this year I was able to offer the new book.