Come and enjoy a small but perfectly formed boutique literary festival: music, biography, poetry, fiction, history, memoir, debut writers, foreign literature, horticulture in sixteen hand-picked events of the best on the book scene.
Lucy Parham introduces the weekend with her wonderful mix of piano and spoken word. Allan Ahlberg delighted you, your children or grandchildren but his own childhood will now charm you. Wild Swans author Jung Chang tells us the story of the Concubine who launched Modern China while Jeremy Paxman looks at World War One from the points of view of ordinary people and Kate Adie shows how it revolutionised women’s lives. Alfred Brendel has left the piano for the pen but he reads his verses accompanied by his son on the cello.
Poets Timothy Ades, Martyn Crucifix and Elaine Feinstein share their passions for poets they translated into English. Art historian TJ Clark explains Picasso and Jennifer Potter gives us a history of the world in seven flowers. We bring you Turkey’s internationally acclaimed novelist and essayist Elif Shafak, two of the most exciting new voices on the literary scene Sathnam Sanghera and Lotte Moggach. You will be moved by Melvyn Bragg semi-autobiographical novel and Penelope Lively’s memories and thoughts on her life. Meike Ziervogel and Jane Thynne ponder on the enigmatic Magda Goebbels. And we will end with a smile with Jonathan Coe’s comic new novel Expo 58.
We hope you enjoy this feast of talent and intelligence, emotions and stories.