Saturday 16 September 2017

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11:15am-12:15pm The Jeremy Thorpe Affair
The Thorpe Affair rocked the political world in the mid-1970s and saw the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy to murder. John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal looks back at an extraordinary case with journalist, broadcaster and author of Is Anything Happening? Robin Lustig.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Saturday Day Pass

12:45-1:45pm An Agent Expects…
Adored by his many illustrious clients, Luigi Bonomi co-founded LBA Literary Agents and has built an enviable career representing extraordinary talent. Here he explains what an agent does and how to be a smart author in an ever-competitive industry.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Saturday Day Pass

1-2pm Unbroken: Martine Wright talks to Sue Mott
From 7/7 to the Paralympics Martine Wright was the last person to be brought out alive from the 7/7 bombings. She lost 80% of her blood, was in a coma for seven days and underwent ten months of surgery. Having never played sport, as part of her rehabilitation she took up sitting volleyball and went on to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics in London 2012. She talks to sports journalist Sue Mott about her incredible story.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Saturday Day Pass

1-2pm: Get Plucky with the Ukulele for Beginners
Bring your ukulele (if you have one) and join The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s Will Grove-White for a jam session like nothing you’ve ever heard – or seen before. Plus he will chat about all things ukulele. Uke know it makes sense!
The Tabard Theatre, Saturday Day Pass

2-4pm – WORKSHOP Researching Your Novel, Jill Dawson
Poet and best-selling novelist Jill Dawson (The Crime Writer), offers advice and tips on how to conduct effective research for fiction writing and explains how to avoid common pitfalls.
ArtsEd (please go to main reception), 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY, £25, limited to 16 participants

2:15-3:15pm Client Earth: Protecting the Planet by Law
Environmental lawyer and writer James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth and was named by the New Statesman as one of the ten people who could change the world. Martin Goodman is professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull. Here they discuss their collaboration and the pressing environmental issues of our time with journalist and BBC Political Correspondent Jo Coburn. “This book is an inspiration” – Caroline Lucas.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Saturday Day Pass

2:30-3:30pm Living with Grief and Heartache
Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of A Last Act of Love about the life and death of her brother and A Manual for Heartache, here pairs with psychotherapist and author of Grief Works, Julia Samuel for a sensitive and comprehensive look at the nature of grief, loss and coping.
The Tabard Theatre, Saturday Day Pass

2:30-3:30pm The Holocaust: A New History
Celebrated historian and filmmaker Laurence Rees showcases his authoritative new work, which draws on interviews with victims, killers and bystanders alike, debunks many myths and presents the facts with authority and poignancy.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Saturday Day Pass

3:45-4:45pm The Political Power of Music – from Glastonbury to the Arab Spring
Musician and author of Sound System: The Political Power of Music Dave Randall discusses his book of raves, riots and revolution with entertainment writer and broadcaster Caroline Frost (Blue: All Rise: Our Story).
The Tabard Theatre, Saturday Day Pass

3:45-4:45pm Prize Writing
Rachel Joyce (The Music Shop) has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, long-listed for the Booker Prize for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and won a SpecSavers National Book Award. Sarah Winman (Tin Man) won the Galaxy National Book ‘New Writer of The Year’ award for her debut novel, When God was a Rabbit. Here the authors discuss the nature of writing and of winning accolades with journalist and author Hannah Beckerman.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Saturday Day Pass

4-5pm Brexit: The State of the Nation
Authors and journalists Craig Oliver (Unleashing Demons), Harry Mount (Summer Madness) and John O’Farrell (Things Can Only Get Worse) discuss the fallout, the shocks and the future of our United Kingdom outside the European Union in what promises to be a feisty exchange of views. Chaired by Die Welt’s UK Correspondent, Stefanie Bolzen.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Saturday Day Pass

5:15-6:15pm Victoria & Abdul – and a Game of Thrones
As the film Victoria & Abdul opens, starring Dame Judi Dench, we look at two sides of Queen Victoria’s life, with Shrabani Basu, the author of Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, and Deborah Cadbury, whose new book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking describes the Royal marriages that shaped Europe – seven of Victoria’s grandchildren would occupy Europe’s thrones. Supported by Killik & Co.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Saturday Day Pass

5:30-6:30pm Oz Clarke: A Life in Wine
Wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke (World of Wine) tells food writer and broadcaster Jo Pratt (The Flexible Vegetarian) tales of grands crus and cheeky first growths as he reminisces on his career as the nation’s favourite oenophile.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Saturday Day Pass

6:15-7:30pm Festival Drinks in the Gabriel Room
Join us and some of the Festival authors for a celebratory drink in aid of our three reading charities, whose representatives will be on hand to tell you about their work: RNIB Talking Books, InterAct Stroke Support and Doorstep Library.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, pay-bar

7-8:15pm The Not So Perfect Parents’ Evening
A light-hearted evening looking at parenthood for parents who aren’t perfect (so all of us then). With the Scummy Mummies, Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, and Matt Coyne (Dummy, The Comedy & Chaos of Real-Life Parenting), chaired by author and knackered mum Cathy Rentzenbrink. Parental Advisory: there may be some light swearing, there may even be tears before bedtime. But hopefully they will be tears of laughter at the parental plight.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, £10, includes glass of fizz on entry

7:30-8:30pm Jeremy Vine: What I Learnt
From Points of View to Panorama and his daily Radio 2 show, presenter and author Jeremy Vine discusses interviewing, award-winning broadcasting and listeners’ views. He may also mention Eggheads, Strictly and why one should always wear a helmet when cycling. Supported by Savills.
St Michael & All Angels Church, £10

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