2018 Festival

The programme for our 26th Festival is now finalised and we are delighted to announce a brilliant line-up of speakers, discussing a vast array of topics. The Festival will start on Friday 19 October and end on Saturday 27 October, with all events taking place in Cedars Hall, Wells.

We very much regret that Antonia Fraser has had to withdraw from the Festival this year. We are actively seeking a replacement for the lunchtime talk on Friday 26 October, and hope to announce details soon. Please watch this website for updated news. Anyone who has already bought tickets for the event will be contacted in person.

Tickets are now on sale and can be bought on line here.

Alternatively, you can get your tickets from the Cedars Hall box office telephone line: 01749 834483 (weekdays 9.30am – 12.30pm) or in person from the box office at Cedars House, The Liberty BA5 2ST (also weekdays 9.30am – 12.30pm).  Please note: the booking office is NOT in Cedars Hall itself but in Cedars House, The Liberty BA5 2ST.

To become a Friend of the Festival and take advantage of a discount on tickets, please look at our Friends page. 

The timetable for our 2018 programme
DateTimeSpeaker / sTitle
Friday 19 October6.30pmDavid RuncimanHow Democracy Ends
Friday 19 October 8.00pmSarah ChurchwellBehold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream
Saturday 20 October10.30amJames Attlee
Guernica: Painting the End of the World
Saturday 20 October12 noonLissa Evans
In conversation with Miranda Glover
Old Baggage
Saturday 20 October1.30pmFiona SampsonIn Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
Saturday 20 October3.30pmAndrew Miller and Tim Pears talk to Emma Craigie
Now we Shall be Entirely Free and The Wanderers
Saturday 20 October5.30pmTom Whipple X & Why: The Rules of attraction: why gender still matters
Saturday 20 October7.30pmAdam KayThis is going to hurt
Sunday 21 October2.30pmMatt Haig
How to Stop Time
(Our special discussion event for Book Clubs)
Sunday 21 October4.30pmEdward BullmoreThe Inflamed Mind: a radical new approach to depression
Sunday 21 October7.00pmLocal talent - a showcaseWrite Up! Speak Up!
Monday 22 OctoberLunch 12.30
Talk 2.00
Shrabani BasuVictoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant
Monday 22 October6.00pmJack HartnellMedieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages
Monday 22 October8.00pmTony Walsh Words
Tuesday 23 October Lunch 12.30
Talk 2.00
Peter PriceThings that make for Peace: Conflict Resolution
Tuesday 23 October 6.00pmOliver BulloughMoneyland: why crooks and thieves own the world, and how to take it back
Tuesday 23 October 8.00pmEdward Stourton
In conversation with Max Cotton
Auntie’s War: The BBC during the Second World War
Wednesday 24 OctoberLunch 12.30
Talk 2.00
Anne de CourcyHusband Hunters
Wednesday 24 October 6.00pmPeter Hart

The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front, 1918
Wednesday 24 October8.00pmAlan Titchmarsh
The Scarlet Nightingale
Thursday 25 OctoberLunch 12.30
Talk 2.00
Harriet SandysBeyond that Last Blue Mountain: My Silk Road Journey
Thursday 25 October6.00pmLiz Berry

The Republic of Motherhood
Thursday 25 October8.00pmJohn Preston
A Very English Scandal
Friday 26 OctoberLunch 12.30
Talk 2.00
TBC - please watch the websiteSadly Antonia Fraser has had to withdraw from the Festival
Friday 26 October5.00pmStephen Walsh

Debussy: A Painter in Sound
Friday 26 October6.30pmMax HastingsVietnam. An Epic Tragedy,1945 - 1975
Friday 26 October8.00pmWilliam Miller
Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups
Saturday 27 October10.30amDiana Henry and
Claudia Roden
In conversation with Caroline Waldegrave
How to Eat a Peach and A Book of Middle Eastern Food
Saturday 27 October12 noon Paul Broks
The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars: A Neuro-psychologist’s Odyssey
Saturday 27 October1.30pmLara Feigel
In conversation with Sarah LeFanu
Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing
Saturday 27 October3.30pmJohn Gray

Seven Types of Atheism
Saturday 27 October5.30pmMick Herron and Sarah Hilary
talk to Natasha Cooper
London Rules and Come and Find Me
Saturday 27 October7.30pmHannah FryHello World



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