New children’s book set at Whitby Folk Week

Giddy up at Whitby, a children’s book starring a morris horse who gets lost at Whitby Folk Week, is due to launch at this year’s festival. The book has been produced by two morris dancers from the North East: squire of Newcastle’s newest side Black Gate Morris, Katie Palmer Heathman, and Geoff Roberts, squire of Hexham Morris Men, who appeared at Folk Week 2018. Giddy’s adventure sees him bump into dance sides from all traditions at well-known Whitby landmarks and festival venues, and includes charming illustrations with plenty of extra details to look for. It will be a wonderful way to teach young children about the morris, with lots of humour to keep grown-ups entertained too.

Giddy Up at Whitby is currently seeking support for publication costs via pre-orders of the book (£7) on Kickstarter at, and Giddy’s Facebook page provides updates on the project and previews of content: