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2019 Speakers

Here is a list of the speakers who appeared at the Wells Festival of Literature in 2019

EventSpeaker/sSubject
TalkDiarmaid MacCullochThomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life
TalkHenry NormalA Normal Family: Everyday Adventures with our Autistic Son
TalkAdam RutherfordThe Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us
DiscussionJane Glover with Jessica DuchenHandel in London: the Making of a Genius
TalkChristopher AndrewThe Secret World: A History of Intelligence
DiscussionJonathan Rugman with Alec RussellThe Killing in the Consulate: The Life and Death of Jamal Kashogg
TalkRoma AgrawalBuilt: The Hidden Structures behind our Buildings
TalkSteve RichardsThe Prime Ministers
DiscussionChristopher Somerville with Julia SomervilleShips of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain's Cathedrals
Book Group discussionJoanna CannonThree Things about Elsie
TalkAlison WeirAnna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets
PerformanceWrite Up! Speak Up!A showcase for local talent
DiscussionKeggie Carew with Mark McCrumQuicksand Tales: the Misadventures of Keggie Carew
TalkJulian BagginiHow the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy
TalkEmma SmithThis is Shakespeare
TalkJasper WinnWater Ways: A Thousand Miles along Britain's Canals
DiscussionPeter Pomerantsev with James CoomarasamyThis is NOT Propaganda
TalkAngela GallopWhen the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s search for the Truth
TalkMartin KempLiving with Leonardo
TalkVernon BogdanorBeyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution
TalkGina RipponThe Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain
DiscussionPatrick Gale with Miranda GloveTake Nothing With You
DiscussionTracey Thorn with Joanna NadinAnother Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia
TalkWilliam WaldegraveThree Circles into One: Brexit Britain – How did We get Here and What Happens Next?
TalkNicci GerrardWhat Dementia Teaches Us About Love
TalkKate HumbleThinking on my Feet
TalkMelvyn BraggLove Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard
DiscussionFelicity Cloake with Caroline WaldegraveOne more Croissant for the Road
DiscussionBart van Es with Sarah Le FanThe Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found
DiscussionChris Patten with William WaldegraveFirst Confessions: A Sort of Memoir
DiscussionJim Al-Khalili with David ListerSunfall
PerformanceRoger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNejoinedupwriting