Tickets are selling fast and many of you will know that tickets for Ian McEwan and Pam Ayres, and the Creative Writing Workshop, sold out very quickly. But there are still many sessions with tickets available. All the contributors we invite are very good speakers, so even a topic which you are not familiar with will be interesting and perhaps even more stimulating. John Higgs is back with The Future Starts Here, a surprising, eclectic book looking to the future to make sense of who we are and where we are going. Your brain will be sent down fascinating new avenues. (To read a recent interview with John, click here.) There will be a brilliant poetry session with Rebecca Goss and Pauline Stainer. These two well-known Suffolk poets will be reading from their work and interacting with the audience. Clare Mulley will talk about The Woman Who Saved the Children republished this year to mark the centenary of the charity Save The Children. This is a fascinating story about Eglantyne Jebb, arrested for distributing humanitarian leaflets only to secure the first donation to her ‘Save the Children’ fund from the public prosecutor at her trial.
Please note that Andrew Lownie’s session will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday 16 November in Lavenham Village Hall. No doubt you have come across some of the recent, huge publicity engendered by his book about Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
Our Guest Speaker at the Lavenham Literary Festival Dinner on Friday 15 November will be Ruth Jones actress, screenwriter and author of Never Greener a warm, witty and wise story of life’s second chances and the dangers of taking them.
Ruth is best known for her outstanding and award-winning television writing: BBC’s Gavin and Stacey in which she plays the incorrigible Nessa, and Sky 1’s Stella in which she played the titular role. She has won acclaim for her performances in BBC dramas Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Little Dorrit and Hattie, as well as comedies Little Britain, Saxondale and Night Night.
Hannah Beckerman will be in conversation with Ruth about her move. Hannah has worked as a television producer and Commissioning Editor. She is now a full-time author, journalist and broadcaster and a regular guest on BBC Radio 2 where she discusses the latest book releases. She chairs events at literary festivals throughout the UK and has been a judge for numerous book prizes including the Costa Book Awards. Her novel If Only I Could Tell You is a compelling and moving story about family relationships.
(Please note that dates and times listed below might be subject to change closer to the date of the Festival.)
Duncan Campbell and Joanna Jolly, both writers on real-life crime, discuss whether it is indeed stranger than fiction. Duncan Campbell was the Guardian crime expert and chairman … Continue reading
Joanna is an award-winning BBC journalist based in London. She has worked as a BBC producer in the US, South Africa, Europe and India. In … Continue reading
The Royal Army Medical Corps played a key role in the British war effort during the First World War, saving lives and preserving military manpower … Continue reading
Andrew will be speaking about his new book, The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves (to be published 22nd August 2019). Earl Mountbatten of Burma is … Continue reading
Ian McEwan CBE was featured by The Times on its list of 50 greatest British writers since 1945. The author of 17 books, he has … Continue reading
Up in the Attic is the brand-new collection of verse from the nation’s favourite poet, Pam Ayres. With the same magic that has enchanted her fans … Continue reading
Poets Pauline Stainer and Rebecca Goss have long-standing connections to Suffolk and met when they both lived in the village of Hadleigh. Pauline was selected … Continue reading
Poets Pauline Stainer and Rebecca Goss have long-standing connections to Suffolk and met when they both lived in the village of Hadleigh. Rebecca was selected … Continue reading
Join editor and author Phoebe Morgan for a one-hour session on how to get published. Learn about the industry and find out what the publishing … Continue reading
We’re delighted to welcome back Bridget Holding who will be running a creative writing workshop in The Swan Hotel, Lavenham on how to access our … Continue reading
Tracy Borman returns to Lavenham with her new book about Henry VIII, famous for being the king who married six times. But it was the … Continue reading
In the 1980s we gave up the future. When we look ahead now we imagine economic collapse, environmental disaster and the zombie apocalypse. But what … Continue reading
Clare Mulley returns to Lavenham with The Woman Who Saved the Children. One hundred years ago, Eglantyne Jebb was arrested in Trafalgar Square for distributing humanitarian … Continue reading
William Clegg QC, who lives in Lavenham, is a barrister specialising in serious crime. He has fought over 100 murder cases, more than any other … Continue reading