Sunday September 18th 2016

Victoria Hislop (c) 2013 Ioanna TzetzoumiNina Stibbe 2016 USE (c) Eva NunneyHugh Sebag-Montefiore photo final

 

 

 

 

Admission for all Sunday events is by Sunday Day Pass or Children’s Festival Pass unless otherwise stated. Book here. Please watch here and on social media and in local media for updates.
A to Z of speakers, with photos, biographies and links

11:15am-12:15pm: The Really Big Pants Theatre Company
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11:15am-12:15pm: Publishing Journeys: The Experts’ Guide
Many of us believe we have at least one book in us, but what are the odds of becoming published? Getting your work out there can be a perilous journey, with setbacks often punctuating the uncertain road to success. Associate Editor of The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink hears from Penguin’s Communications Director Amelia Fairney, literary agent Jo Unwin, author Eva Holland (The Daughter’s Secret), and Unbound founder and author John Mitchinson as they share their expertise and discuss the many routes to publication. Sponsored by Chiswick Auctions.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

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12:30pm-1:30pm: Rob Biddulph: Odd Dog Out
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12:30pm-1:30pm: Foodie Question Time
From seasonal cooking to unusual ingredients, our expert panel of authors has the answers. Journalist and broadcaster Lucy McDonald (Crumbs TV, The Crumbs Family Cookbook) is joined by chef and food stylist Oliver Rowe (Food For All Seasons), food writer Joanna Blythman (Swallow This), MasterChef 2014 champion Ping Coombes (Malaysia) and Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell (Recipes from a Normal Mum), as they tackle your culinary conundrums.
And there’s a place on the food writing course at Leiths School of Food and Wine to be won! More details.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

12:30pm-1:30pm: The Outsiders
Comedians Mark Watson (The Place That Didn’t Exist) and Will Smith (Mainlander) enjoy considerable success on the stand-up circuit, but in turning their hands to fiction have proved they have a darker side. Join them as they discuss the concept of ‘the outsider’ and themes of loneliness, isolation and a lack of belonging through their writing. Chaired by writer and presenter Viv Groskop.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

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1:45pm-2:45pm: 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire
1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War and the catastrophic Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. 350 years on, historian Rebecca Rideal sheds light on this crucial turning point in English history and an unprecedented period of terror and triumph.
The Tabard Theatre, Sunday Day Pass

1:45pm-2:45pm: Memoir Confidential: Writing the Self
The results can be candid and inspiring, but writing an honest and revealing self-portrait can be a daunting challenge. Editor Francesca Main is joined by Nina Stibbe (Love, Nina), Cathy Rentzenbrink (The Last Act of Love), and Sali Hughes (Pretty Honest) as they discuss their markedly different approaches to writing their memoirs.
Video preview: Cathy Rentzenbrink  Supported by University of West London.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

1:45pm-3pm: The Apprentice Witch Creature Workshop
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1:45pm-2:45pm: Somme: Into the Breach
One hundred years on, the enduring impression of the Battle of the Somme is of the tragic loss of life and the heroic stoicism of troops who walked towards their death. But Hugh Sebag-Montefiore shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact repeatedly able to break through the German front lines, weaving a remarkable portrait of life at the Front.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

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3pm-4pm: Mudlarking: London in Fragments
Searching the banks of the Thames at low tide has a long tradition. Once, small boys grubbed a living from scrap; today this pastime unearths relics of the past, from Roman tiles to elegant Georgian pottery. Discover the magic of mudlarking in this illustrated talk by Ted Sandling, whose most evocative finds create a glorious mosaic of of everyday London life through the centuries. Video preview: Mudlarking
The Tabard Theatre, Sunday Day Pass

3pm-4pm: Berlin 1939: The Fateful Year
With Europe on the brink of war, the political stakes in 1939 could not have been higher for Germany and its neighbours. There were even plans for an assassination attempt upon Adolf Hitler. Novelists Jane Thynne (Faith and Beauty) and James MacManus (Midnight in Berlin) discuss their individual explorations of the attempt on Hitler’s life and the appeal of capturing Berlin’s evocative sense of place. Chaired by Dr Adrian Stevens of UCL.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

3pm-4pm: Victoria Hislop in Conversation with Jane Garvey
Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair as Victoria Hislop takes you on an enchanting visual journey in her latest illustrated novel, Cartes Postales from Greece. Inspired by the vivid beauty of Greece and punctuated with alluring images of bright skies and blue seas, this is a book to treasure and share with those you love. Chaired by Jane Garvey of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Sponsored by Savills.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

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4:15pm-5:15pm: Anatomy of a Thriller: Spies, News and War
Charles Cumming has been called ‘the heir to Le Carré’ and Colin Firth is to play his creation Thomas Kell on TV. Ex-Radio 4 Today producer Peter Hanington has had rave reviews for his first novel A Dying Breed. Former Army officer Harry Parker (Anatomy of a Soldier) lost both legs in Afghanistan and turned the experience into a novel. Together they analyse what makes a great thriller.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

4:15pm-5:15pm: Shappi Khorsandi
One of the UK’s top comedians Shappi Khorsandi discusses her debut novel, Nina is Not OK, a dark, funny and sometimes controversial coming- of-age tale that brilliantly captures the angst and humour of teenage life. Chaired by writer and comedian Deborah Frances-Whyte. Supported by University of West London.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

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