Since our Silver Anniversary brochure was printed in July, this year’s Festival of Literature has taken on whole new life of its own with all sorts of exciting additions and alterations.
Our brand new speaker Matt Frei will be lifting the lid on Donald Trump at 6pm on Tuesday 17 October. Matt is an award-winning presenter and Europe editor of Channel Four News. He spent many years in Washington DC, first for the BBC and then for Channel Four. Last year Matt returned to the US to cover the election campaign, making several documentaries about Trump and his voters. He also delved into Trump’s fascinating family background and is working on a documentary looking at links between Trump and Russia. His talk is likely to be an eye-opener; don’t miss it!
In another change to the published programme AC Grayling, described by The Times as ‘the Thinking man’, will now be speaking at 10.30 am on Saturday 14 October. Professor Grayling is a polymath with a formidable reputation whose talk will explore how the revolution in thought which happened in the 17th century gave birth to the modern mind and how we think today. Entitled The Age of Genius it promises to be an illuminating event with tickets selling fast.
Mike Brearley, the former England cricket captain who also made a name for himself in the field of psychoanalysis, will explain how to be On Form on Friday 13 October at 8pm. Mike will be discussing his book with Mark Hamlin, a renowned business psychologist. For the last 15 years Mark has been Chairman of the locally based Organisation Resource Group and his models of transformation are used by practitioners around the world to enable the successful implementation of strategy. The pair will discuss how excellent man-management skills can be deployed to produce superhuman performances not just in sport but in all walks of life.
Another wonderful addition to the Festival programme is the magnificent Susan Elderkin who asserts that reading is physically good for you! Author of The Novel Cure, a fascinating guide to discovering the best novel/s for your particular ailments, she will be talking to John Boyne about his latest heartbreaking novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies at 1.30pm on Saturday 14 October. A novel that effortlessly marries religion, shame, sexuality and hope Boyne’s most recent work is as moving as his award-winning earlier work, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
And finally (so far) Martin Brown will be entertaining people of all ages with a quirky master class on illustration. Best known for his work on the Horrible Histories series (which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year), Martin has recently produced a charming book that gives a new voice to the lesser known animals of the world. His event, which will delight the whole family, takes place at 3.30pm on Sunday 15 October.
Keep an eye on this website for more updates on the Festival. It’s certainly got a life of its own!