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2018 Festival

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2018 Speakers

Here is a list of the speakers who appeared at the Wells Festival of Literature in 2018

TalkDavid RuncimanHow Democracy Ends
TalkSarah ChurchwellBehold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream
TalkJames Attlee
Guernica: Painting the End of the World
DiscussionLissa Evans
In conversation with Miranda Glover
Old Baggage
TalkFiona SampsonIn Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
DiscussionAndrew Miller and Tim Pears talk to Emma Craigie
Now we Shall be Entirely Free and The Wanderers
TalkTom Whipple X & Why: The Rules of attraction: why gender still matters
TalkAdam KayThis is going to hurt
Book Group discussionMatt Haig
How to Stop Time
(Our special discussion event for Book Clubs)
TalkEdward BullmoreThe Inflamed Mind: a radical new approach to depression
PerformanceLocal talent - a showcaseWrite Up! Speak Up!
TalkShrabani BasuVictoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant
TalkJack HartnellMedieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages
PerformanceTony Walsh Words
TalkPeter PriceThings that make for Peace: Conflict Resolution
TalkOliver BulloughMoneyland: why crooks and thieves own the world, and how to take it back
DiscussionEdward Stourton
In conversation with Max Cotton
Auntie’s War: The BBC during the Second World War
TalkPeter Hart

The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front, 1918
TalkAlan Titchmarsh
The Scarlet Nightingale
TalkHarriet SandysBeyond that Last Blue Mountain: My Silk Road Journey
PerformanceLiz Berry

The Republic of Motherhood
TalkJohn Preston
A Very English Scandal
DiscussionMike BrearleyOn Cricket - a portrait of the game
TalkStephen Walsh

Debussy: A Painter in Sound
TalkMax HastingsVietnam. An Epic Tragedy,1945 - 1975
DiscussionWilliam Miller
Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups
DiscussionDiana Henry and
Claudia Roden
In conversation with Caroline Waldegrave
How to Eat a Peach and A Book of Middle Eastern Food
TalkPaul Broks
The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars: A Neuro-psychologist’s Odyssey
DiscussionLara Feigel
In conversation with Sarah LeFanu
Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing
TalkJohn Gray

Seven Types of Atheism
DiscussionMick Herron and Sarah Hilary
talk to Natasha Cooper
London Rules and Come and Find Me
TalkHannah FryHello World