Win a Golden Ticket!

Several lucky readers could win a Golden Ticket to get into a Festival of Words event free for them and a friend. To be in with a chance of winning, use your free library membership to borrow books by authors appearing at the Festival of Words 2018. Tickets will be for an event with the author of the book that it was found in. We are also giving away three day passes.

If the book that you are borrowing contains a Golden Ticket, a message will pop up on the self-service machines or you will be told at the counter. Speak to a member of staff who will then make the arrangements for you to receive your prize.

Books can be found across all 23 branch libraries and mobile libraries. You can also reserve books online, using your membership number and pin, to pick-up at your local library. Find links to our author's books on their profiles on our Speakers and Authors page.

The hunt for the Golden Tickets is on until Wednesday 17 October, or until all tickets have been found, whichever comes first. For full terms and conditions, please see below. Good luck to all our readers!

Not yet a member of East Riding Libraries? Set up your account online and start reserving books for free.


  1. The giveaway is free to enter.
  2. Digital Golden Tickets are 'hidden' in books associated with authors in the Festival of Words 2018 line up from 10 September 2018 to 17 October 2018, or until all tickets have been found, whichever comes first.
  3. There is only one Golden Ticket per event available to be found, plus three day passes hidden in any of the books by authors appearing in events on respective days. The Golden Ticket prize will be for an event involving the author of the book it was found in.
  4. Authors with books eligible for the Golden Ticket giveaway will be confirmed in their profile on the Speakers and Authors page.
  5. Members who receive a notification at the self-serve machine must speak with a member of staff to claim or decline their prize, and be able to borrow the book.
  6. When a prize is accepted, library staff will present winners with a paper copy of the Golden Ticket. Contact details must be given to the staff member to pass on to our box office to issue and deliver tickets to the event.
  7. Winners will be asked for a photograph to be used in publicity material, both online and in print, for Festival of Words 2018 and future events. Winners may refuse permission.
  8. Updates will be announced on @ERWordFest Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
  9. The giveaway is open to all new and existing members of East Riding Libraries. You can join the library for free. You can set up your account online or in any library. You will need to visit the library to collect your card by providing ID. You will need to be able to pick up your book from the library or mobile libraries in order to find the Golden Ticket.
  10. East Riding Libraries staff and their immediate family are not allowed to take part in the giveaway.
  11. Winners can decline the ticket, in which case it will be 'hidden' in another book by the same author, ready to be found again.
  12. Golden Tickets are hidden in specific copies of a book. If the library has multiple copies of the same book, the Golden Ticket will only be found in one of them.
  13. Winners can decline the ticket, in which case it will be 'hidden' in another book by the same author, ready to be found again.
  14. Golden Tickets are available in physical paperback or hardback copies of books only. Audiobooks, eBooks and eAudiobooks are not included in the giveaway.
  15. There are no Golden Tickets for theatre events.
  16. Golden Tickets have no cash value and are non-exchangeable.
  17. Age restrictions may apply to certain books carrying a Golden Ticket.
  18. The council operate a no-refund policy for event tickets. If the winner of a Golden Ticket has already purchased a ticket for the event, no refund can be given for their original purchase.