Tracy Chevalier

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Tracy Chevalier

Fri 17 Nov

Tracy Chevalier talks about her novels and the many themes she has mined, from Vermeer to fossils,...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Writing for Well Being

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Creative Writing Workshop: Writing for Well Being

Sat 18 Nov

Learn more about and experience for yourself the wonder of words for your wellbeing. ...

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Draw a Story

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Draw a Story

Sat 18 Nov

Drawing objects by torchlight adds a touch of magic to your work and allows a story to unfold. ...

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Big Data: How the information revolution is changing our lives

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Big Data: How the information revolution is changing our lives

with artist Ali Hodgkinson Fogg

Sat 18 Nov

In this engaging talk, Brian Clegg looks at how Netflix used big data to turn TV production on its...

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Client Earth

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Client Earth

Sat 18 Nov

Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists?...

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Carpe Diem Regained

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Carpe Diem Regained

Sat 18 Nov

In this talk based on his new book Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day,...

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War Stories: Gripping tales of courage, cunning and compassion

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War Stories: Gripping tales of courage, cunning and compassion

Sat 18 Nov

Spanning four centuries and four continents, Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan give us a lively, moving...

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Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal!?!

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Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal!?!

Sat 18 Nov

Francesca Martinez is a wobbly* comedian, writer and speaker who has toured internationally. She...

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The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way

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The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way

Sat 18 Nov

In this essential talk, political columnist, journalist and presenter Steve Richards gets to the...

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Creative writing workshop with Danny Rhodes

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Creative writing workshop with Danny Rhodes

with Danny Rhodes

Sun 19 Nov

Join Danny Rhodes for this relaxed, practical writing workshop which will include: handy hints (and...

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Creating Aliens with Ross Montgomery

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Creating Aliens with Ross Montgomery

Sun 19 Nov

Have you ever wondered what aliens might look like? In Ross Montgomery's comedy-adventure book,...

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The Language of Cities

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The Language of Cities

Sun 19 Nov

We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in...

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Christmas Dinner of Souls: Spine-Chilling Workshop with Ross Montgomery!

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Christmas Dinner of Souls: Spine-Chilling Workshop with Ross Montgomery!

Sun 19 Nov

Hear a twisted Christmas story from Ross Montgomery before writing your own toe-curling horror scene...

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Vince Cable In conversation

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Vince Cable In conversation

Sun 19 Nov

Vince Cable talks about his first novel, a gripping international political drama, set in Whitehall...

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Radicals: Alternatives to the Way we Live

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Radicals: Alternatives to the Way we Live

Sun 19 Nov

Jamie Bartlett, one of the world’s leading thinkers on radical politics and technology, takes us...

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Dare to Do

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Dare to Do

Sun 19 Nov

Amazing adventurer Sarah Outen tells us how she cycled, kayaked and rowed 25,000 miles around the...

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Friends of the Book Festival Quiz

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Friends of the Book Festival Quiz

Sun 19 Nov

Come and enjoy the festival’s annual quiz – a little literary knowledge and lots of general...

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Women and Desire

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Women and Desire

Mon 20 Nov

Social and cultural historian Carol Dyhouse draws upon literature, cinema, and popular romance to...

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Cooking the books with Jane Austen

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Cooking the books with Jane Austen

Mon 20 Nov

Pen Vogler tells us how she recreated recipes inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen and...

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Inspired by birds

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Inspired by birds

Nicholas Royle and Alex Preston

Mon 20 Nov

Two very different books partly inspired by birds, questioning our relationship to nature and the...

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Inua Ellams: An Evening with an Immigrant

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Inua Ellams: An Evening with an Immigrant

Inua Ellams

Mon 20 Nov

Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, this is a ridiculous, fantastic, poignant...

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How fig trees can save the planet

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How fig trees can save the planet

Tue 21 Nov

Dr Mike Shanahan explains why fig trees are so important to ecology, society and the future of life...

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Reading the World

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Reading the World

Tue 21 Nov

In 2012, writer and TED speaker Ann Morgan set out to read a book from every country in the world in...

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Paradise Lost

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Paradise Lost

Tue 21 Nov

Ceruleo celebrates the 350th anniversary of Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. Interspersing music...

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The Consequence of Love

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The Consequence of Love

Wed 22 Nov

What happens when the past collides with the present, passion with reason? Sandra Howard talks about...

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M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

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M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Wed 22 Nov

Historian Henry Hemming tells us the story of Maxwell Knight, the maverick MI5 officer, better known...

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Look Who’s Back

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Look Who’s Back

Wed 22 Nov

When Adolf Hitler reawakens at the site of his former bunker 70 years later, he's mistaken for a...

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German round table

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German round table

Wed 22 Nov

Can Germany keep reinventing itself? From its dark 20th century history, it has emerged as the...

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Partners in crime

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Partners in crime

Thu 23 Nov

with Simon Booker and Mel McGrath...

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Killer Crime Writing

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Killer Crime Writing

Thu 23 Nov

Police procedurals, literary crime, dark ‘cosy crime’…Three distinct styles from three popular...

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Anthony Powell

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Anthony Powell

Thu 23 Nov

Acclaimed literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic...

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A.C. Grayling on Democracy and its crisis

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A.C. Grayling on Democracy and its crisis

Thu 23 Nov

Philosopher A.C. Grayling talks about the failure of the best political system we have: democracy...

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Marion Deuchars on Colours

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Marion Deuchars on Colours

Fri 24 Nov

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, Marion Deuchars makes us experience colour...

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The Last Art Film + Q&A with Jake Auerbach

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The Last Art Film + Q&A with Jake Auerbach

Fri 24 Nov

This is a film about art; not the history of art or the academic study of art or the fluctuations in...

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The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

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The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

Fri 24 Nov

In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, regarded as a black sheep...

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Susie Orbach: In therapy

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Susie Orbach: In therapy

Fri 24 Nov

Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies, has been a...

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Beyond Mindfulness Workshop

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Beyond Mindfulness Workshop

Sat 25 Nov

This workshop begins where other Mindfulness courses end....

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Capture Your Story with artist Jim Lockey

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Capture Your Story with artist Jim Lockey

Sat 25 Nov

Explore the bizarre world of early digital photography with Jim Lockey and a Game Boy Camera....

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Let's Go On A Big Adventure!

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Let's Go On A Big Adventure!

Sat 25 Nov

Every big adventure is just a lot of little adventures added together. Let Robert Twigger teach you...

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The Gender Games

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The Gender Games

Sat 25 Nov

Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society's expectations...

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Sibling Relationships

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Sibling Relationships

Sat 25 Nov

In her latest book, clinical psychologist and Telegraph columnist Linda Blair shows you how to deal...

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Creative Writing Workshop

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Creative Writing Workshop

Sat 25 Nov

This year's workshop will appeal to all budding authors - the importance of editing and how to get...

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Micromastery with Robert Twigger

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Micromastery with Robert Twigger

Sat 25 Nov

Robert Twigger will show you that whether it's making a perfect soufflé, dancing a tango or...

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The Art of Gentle Protest

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The Art of Gentle Protest

Sat 25 Nov

If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind and fair, then shouldn’t some of our activism be...

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Miles Jupp and Damien Trench in convesation with Andy Miller

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Miles Jupp and Damien Trench in convesation with Andy Miller

Sat 25 Nov

Andy Miller interviews food writer Damien Trench and comedian Miles Jupp. ...

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Baba Yaga & Other Stories

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Baba Yaga & Other Stories

Sun 26 Nov

Come and hear about Baba Yaga, the witch who flies around in a mortar and dwells in a hut that...

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Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia

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Michael Pennington: Chekhov in Siberia

Sun 26 Nov

In this powerful one-man performance, actor and scholar Michael Pennington brings to life Anton...

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Russian Revolution

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Russian Revolution

Sun 26 Nov

Two great historians, Helen Rappaport, author of acclaimed books on the Romanovs, 1917, Lenin and...

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Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

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Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

Sun 26 Nov

Storytelling Workshop (for adults)...

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Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

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Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

Sun 26 Nov

In this provocative new work, based on exclusive interviews with key players either side of the new...

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The Man with a Thousand Faces: Boris Akunin

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The Man with a Thousand Faces: Boris Akunin

Sun 26 Nov

Boris Akunin (pen-name of Grigory Chkhartishvili) – famous as Russia’s leading detective and...

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The Anna Karenina Fix

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The Anna Karenina Fix

Sun 26 Nov

Award-winning comedian and author Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian...

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