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.)