The festival programme includes a wide range of novelists and leading figures from politics, journalism, sport, theatre and television including Andrew Marr, Jack Straw, and Prue Leith. This year there is also a Jubilee flavour to some of the programme with events by Tracy Borman and her history of royal weddings, Mary Killen’s ‘How the Queen Can Make You Happy’ and Jeremy Archer’s ‘A Royal Christmas at Hampton Court Palace’.
If prose isn’t what you’re looking for, poetry is also well represented with Roger McGough’s presentation of his new book ‘As Far as I Know’ and a special celebration of Alexander Pope at Marble Hill House.
Team GB’s Olympic success will also be celebrated with rower Greg Searle’s event ‘If Not Now, When?’ and there’s great variety with the three panel events focusing on the media, Victorian and crime fiction.
For the borough’s younger residents the Young People’s programme features events with Emma Chichester Clark, the legendary Judith Kerr, as well as workshops for young children with Nicholas Allan, author of 'The Queen’s Knickers', and Eileen Browne’s 'Boo Boo Baby' and the Giraffe drawing event.
The Literary Salon, supported by Arts Council England, is our new pop-up shop housed in an empty retail premises which will host a wide range of events and workshops for all ages. The Salon programme includes a podcasting workshop with Radio 1 producer Amy Redmond, story telling workshops, poetry and performances from renowned spoken word artists Martin Figura and Byron Vincent, and Inua Ellams and Jacob Sam-La Rose. There’s also the chance to design and make your own comic book – not just for kids!
Here are the key events:
Here's links to each individual event - you can get back to this page by clicking the link at the bottom of each page.
1st November - Crime Panel
3rd November - The King's Revenge
4th November - A Tiger's Wedding
4th November - Desert Island Plays
6th November - The Spy Who Loved
7th November - The Mess We're In
8th November - My Life on a Plate
9th November - The Light Behind the Window
10th November - Kipling & Trix
11th November - Titian: His Life
11th November: As Far as I Know
12th November: John Suchet: Beethoven – The Man Revealed
13th November - Creative Writing, Short Story Workshop
13th November - Mozart, Mickey Mouse & the Hoover: The Making of Maurice Sendak
14th November - Anthony Beevor in conversation with Ion Trewin
15th November - How the Queen Can Make You Happy
15th November - House of Fun, 20 Years of Parliamentary Sketches
16th November - Let Me Tell You About Beer
16th November - The Ring and the Crown
17th November - Poet in The City
18th November - Andrew Marr: A History of the World
19th November - Greg Searle: If Not Now, When?
20th November - Jack Straw: Last Man Standing
21st November - Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local
22nd November - Jonathan Dimbleby: Destiny in the Desert
22nd November - A History of the Women’s Institute
23rd November - Sex, Lies & Lots of Cake
24th November - A Royal Christmas
25th November - Michael Frayn: Skios
25th November - Covering McKellen – An Understudy’s Tale
27th November - Urban Kitchen Gardener
29th November - Media: Friend or Foe?
30th November - Victorian Fiction Panel
You'll find all the key events listed in our events section - just click on the links above. At the bottom of each event is a link to take you back to the menu.
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