PARLIAMENTARY sketch writer and author John Crace is due to give the 14th annual lecture of the Grassington and District Peace Group in Skipton on Thursday, November 30.

The journalist and critic, and parliamentary sketch writer for The Guardian, will also be signing copies of his new book: Depraved New World - Please Hold: The Government Will be with You Shortly. Copies will be on sale at the event for £12.50 (cash only).

The 'a conservation with' event jointly organised by Skipton Quakers will be held in Skipton Girls High School's Judi Dench Drama Studio at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 .Book on line:, or in person at Grassington Hub. Tel: 01756 752222. There are ten free tickets available for students. To reserve a seat, telephone Grassington Hub.