Double BAFTA winner, PETER MOFFAT and MARNIE DICKENS, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit (2016) will be appearing at Chagword, a first for the festival and a rare opportunity to hear two hugely successful screenwriters, both at different stages in their careers, discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for the small and large screen.
We are delighted to announce that HISHAM MATAR will be joining the line-up for the festival. His brilliant new memoir, ‘The Return’, was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the most prestigious award for non-fiction.
On the Saturday evening of the festival (18 March 2017) we will be hosting a story concert of ‘War Horse’ with MICHAEL MORPURGO telling the deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, accompanied by songman, BEN MURRAY from the hit West End production.
This will be a fundraising event in support of Farms for City Children.
Also signed up are the hugely popular novelist, PATRICK GALE, as part of The Great Read, the session especially for book groups as well as individual book-lovers, exploring in depth his much-praised latest novel, A Place Called Winter; and top of the Sunday Times’ bestseller list and yet coming to a village hall near you, MAX PORTER, whose debut novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, has astounded the publishing world and readers alike, as well as winning him the prestigious Dylan Thomas Award (2016).
Authors will be announced here as they are signed up, so keep an eye on this space for the latest information. The full programme will be published in January 2017 with tickets available from February 2017.
A big thank you to everyone who supports us through grants, donations and sponsorship, all of which enable us not only to run the festival but also to keep ticket prices accessible to all, especially Helpful Holidays, who were our principal sponsors for both of the previous festivals and are again for 2017, the Arts Council, England for their generous support and The Three Crowns, our partner hotel.
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