Welcome to Lavenham Literary Festival which returns during the weekend of 13, 14 and 15 November 2015 with a wonderful cast of writers. Our beautiful mediaeval village with its Guildhall, heralded as the finest example of a timbered building of the period in the UK, and its 300 listed buildings, will become once again a celebration of the written word. Lavenham also offers some outstanding hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries. Please see under “Plan Your Visit” for more information. Tracy Borman will be returning to Lavenham this year to speak about her highly-acclaimed biography Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant which reached No.4 in The Times Bestsellers List. Other highlights in 2015 will include a special tribute to the legendary John Buchan novel The Thirty Nine Steps. Autumn 2015 is the centennial anniversary of the first publication of this fabulous adventure novel which has never been out of print.
Kate Mosse will be returning to Lavenham – for two sessions. On Saturday 14 November, Kate will undoubtedly enthral our Festival audience, talking about her latest book The Taxidermist’s Daughter. On Festival Sunday, Kate will return as the interviewer, in conversation with a special guest – Sheila Hancock, about her most recent novel. Rachel Joyce, former actress, journalist, writer of plays for BBC Radio 4, and author of the Sunday Times and international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has joined the Saturday line-up.
We are very fortunate in welcoming Tom Holland as our dinner speaker. He is the author of books on Roman autocracy, Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam. Tickets will be available from The Swan at Lavenham no earlier than the end of August; we will announce the precise date here. Please be advised that ticket numbers are very limited.
Further news on the authors joining us in November and the festival arrangements will added here – so stay tuned!