An Interview with Giles Kristian – Camelot

Sunday 12th July

3.30pm – 4.30pm
£2.50/Free to Festival Friends

We are thrilled to welcome Sunday Times bestselling author of Lancelot, Giles Kristian as he guides us through history.

His latest book Camelot returns us to the realms of Arthurian legend. His brilliant story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive.

Interviewed by Mark Turnbull whose passion for the English Civil War has led him to re-enact famous battles.

His latest book Allegiance of Blood opens on the evening of 23 October 1642, amidst the carnage of the first battle of the English Civil War.

Interviewed by Mark Turnbull.

If you are a Festival Friend please email to book.

Picklewitch and Jack with Claire Barker

Sunday 12th July

1.30pm – 2.30pm
£2.50/Free to Festival Friends

Join children’s author Claire Barker as she takes you through her characters amazing adventures, with beautiful illustrations by Teemu Juhani.

This is sure to be a fun afternoon and hopefully Picklewitch will behave!

Claire is an author and illustrator. When she’s not busy with engaging events she spends her days wrestling sheep, battling through nettle patches and triumphantly catching rogue chickens.

She used to live on narrow-boats but now lives with her family on a small, untidy farm in deepest, darkest Devon.

Book three of the Picklewitch and Jack series; The Sea Wizards Secret will be published in March 2021.

Recommended ages: 6-10 year olds and their families.

If you are a Festival Friend please email to book.

Gothic Fiction with Jess Kidd, Francine Toon and Rhiannon Ward

Sunday 12th July

11.30am – 12.30pm
£2.50/Free to Festival Friends

What makes a good gothic novel? Where did our love of all things gothic come from?

Jess Kidd, Costa Award-winner and author of the gripping Victorian detective novel Things in Jars featuring Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age… will join Francine Toon to talk about her stunning gothic thriller novel Pine, the perfect novel for our haunted times.

Jess and Francine will be in conversation with bestselling author Sarah Ward aka Rhiannon Ward whose debut gothic fiction novel set between the late 19th and early 20th century The Quickening will be published in August.

If you are a Festival Friend please email to book.

Dressed for War with Julie Summers

Sunday 12th July

10am – 11am
£2.50/Free to Festival Friends

Join Dressed for War author Julie Summers as she tells the story of the editor of British Vogue 1940-1960.

Audrey Withers was described in 1943 as the most powerful woman in London.

A towering intellect with a genius for editing, an eagle eye for good design and the courage to take on some of the biggest personalities in mid-20th century fashion, Audrey Withers was also kind and generous.

This event will shine a spotlight on this forgotten feminist heroine.

Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis.

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Memory Making writing workshop

Sunday 12th July

10.15am – 12.15pm
Online via Zoom – further details will be sent once booked
£5/£3 to Festival Friends

Are you interested in writing and telling YOUR story?

This creative writing workshop welcomes anyone keen to explore their own life through words. Do you have memories that you’re keen to turn into poems, stories or a memoir?

Poet and workshop leader, Leanne Moden, will help you learn how to take your own stories and turn them into compelling pieces of writing using a series of fun creative activities to inspire writing and conversations!

This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is an internet-based video calling service that allows you to virtually meet other people – using video, audio or both.

A web link will be sent to participants before the workshop. In order to participate in the workshop, you will need an internet connection, and a computer with either a built-in camera or webcam, and a built-in microphone/speaker.

Please note this event has a limited capacity of 10 places – early booking recommended.

If you are a Festival Friend please email to book.