Sunday 17 September 2017

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12-1pm The Splash of Words
Reverend Canon Mark Oakley (Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral) reads from his new book of poetry, A Splash of Words, chaired by the vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Father Kevin Morris. Mark will take Sunday Mass in church from 10am to 11.15am. Secularists and the spiritually minded equally welcome!
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

12-1pm WORKSHOP Quick Pitch: The First Five Pages, Session 1 Louise Lamont gives tailored advice on how to sharpen up your cover letter, synopsis and the opening 5 pages of your book. You will have ten minutes to receive invaluable 1-2-1 feedback! See Booking page for full details.
The Snug, The Tabard pub, £18 per appointment, limited to 6 appointments.

12.15-1:15pm Reflections: The Art of the Political Interview
Historian, journalist and peer Peter Hennessy (Reflections) shed new light on politics in his Radio 4 interviews with figures such as John Major, Clare Short, Nigel Lawson, David Owen, Neil Kinnock, Norman Tebbit, Jack Straw and Shirley Williams. In the latest series, on the air now, he has interviewed Tony Blair. Robin Lustig (Is Anything Happening?) interviewed a succession of world leaders for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, from Tony Blair to Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela. They reflect on the art of the interview.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

12:15-1:15pm This is Going to Hurt: The Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Adam Kay spent 6 years training as a junior doctor, and kept a diary throughout. Now a stand-up comedian, he turned his experiences into a sell-out Edinburgh Festival show followed by a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre, and now a book. The audience spent the first 50 minutes of the show in fits of laughter and the final 10 in tears. In conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink. Be prepared, bring tissues!
The Tabard Theatre, Sunday Day Pass

12:45-2:45pm WORKSHOP Time, Place and Action, Emma Henderson
In this edition of our writing workshop series, Emma Henderson (The Valentine House) advises on how to develop plotlines, create mystery and build drama while maintaining the relationship between setting, character and plot.
ArtsEd (please go to main reception), 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY, £20, limited to 20 participants

1:30-2:30pm Self and the Selfie: How we became self-obsessed
Novelist and broadcaster Marcel Theroux (The Secret Books) teams up with award-winning journalist, photographer and novelist Will Storr (Selfie) in this exploration of the role of the self in the life of the creative. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

1:30-2:30pm WORKSHOP Quick Pitch: The First Five Pages, Session 2
Louise Lamont
gives tailored advice on how to sharpen up your cover letter, synopsis and the opening 5 pages of your book. You will have ten minutes to receive invaluable 1-2-1 feedback! Please arrive on time, as latecomers will not be admitted. See booking page for full details.
The Snug, The Tabard pub, £18 per appointment, limited to 6 appointments.

1:45-2:45pm Maggie O’Farrell: I Am, I Am, I Am
Costa and Somerset Maugham award-winner Maggie O’Farrell discusses her electric and shocking new memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am, recounting tales of the near death experiences that have punctuated her life. With former Waterstones bookseller and author of A Manual for Heartache Cathy Rentzenbrink.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

1:45-2:45pm Honour Among Thebes
Natalie Haynes, writer, Radio 4 broadcaster and comedian, takes on Sophocles in her second novel, The Children of Jocasta. A new telling of an ancient story, with women to the fore, The Observer finds it ‘vivid and affecting’. To accompany the book Natalie will present a humorous history of Ancient Greece which she is calling Honour Among Thebes. We love it already.
The Tabard Theatre, Sunday Day Pass

3-5pm WORKSHOP Writing the Self, Cathy Rentzenbrink & Francesca Main
A revealing workshop on writing about yourself, with advice on how to tell your own story and tips and tricks on writing something that’s too difficult to say. With the bestselling author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and her editor, the Publishing Director of Picador.
ArtsEd (please go to main reception), 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY, £20, limited to 20 participants

3-4pm Wartime Women
Award-winning biographer, lecturer and former Reuters foreign correspondent Anne Sebba (Les Parisiennes) discusses the (still) much overlooked role of women in wartime with Sunday Times best-selling author Elizabeth Buchan whose new novel The New Mrs Clifton is about a great taboo, a German bride in post-war Britain.
St. Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

3:15-4:15pm The Making of the British Landscape
Nicholas Crane is the geographer, explorer, presenter and writer who has delighted us with his many wonderful series for BBC from Coast to Great British Journeys. Part journey, part history, his new book The Making of the British Landscape brilliantly describes the evolution of Britain’s countryside and cities.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

4:30-5:30pm Kew Gardeners
Top gardeners and gardening writers Katherine Price (Get Plants), Tony Hall (Wild Plants of Southern Spain) and Kew’s Director of Horticulture, Richard Barley, come together to celebrate our favourite UNESCO World Heritage Site and to talk about making plants, gardens and gardening accessible and enjoyable for everyone. With garden writer and presenter Gay Search.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Sunday Day Pass

4:45-5:45pm Jo Malone & Sarah Outen: Self-Motivation and Success
In the best-scented event of the Festival, internationally successful fragrance designer and entrepreneur Jo Malone (My Story) together with extraordinary athlete and super-adventurer Sarah Outen (Dare To Do) discuss what it takes to keep going when things don’t quite go to plan. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Sunday Day Pass

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