THE FESTIVAL LINE-UP SO FAR . . .
Wizard of words MATT HARVEY and the master of rhythm PHILIP CLOUTS, accompanied by Marcus Vergette on double bass and Coach York on drums come together to whisk you away on an adventure of words and music, helped along by some tasty nibbles and a full bar selling among other drinks fabulous Sharpham wines.
* SOPHIE HANNAH, Sophie will draw us into a world of mystery, menace and murder with help from her latest Hercule Poirot novel – and then, in keeping with the period atmosphere, we’ll all have afternoon tea!
* SHAUN HILL, Michelin-starred chef, will share with you “things I have learned from 50 years at the stove”
* ALICE OSWALD – winner of the 2016 Costa Poetry Award for her new collection, ‘Falling Awake’
* KATE ADIE – Kate is a familiar and highly regarded figure, first through her ground breaking work as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent and latterly as the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’. She is also the author of a number of fascinating books including ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’.
* MAX PORTER – winner of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for his debut novel, ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’. Prize judge James Naughtie described Max as “a writer bursting with originality”. Max will be talking about his work, inspiration and the influence of Ted Hughes’ poetry.
* Double BAFTA winner, PETER MOFFAT and MARNIE DICKENS, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit (2016) in conversation, 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.
* HISHAM MATAR will be talking about his brilliant new memoir, ‘The Return’, which was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the most prestigious award for non-fiction.
* MICHAEL MORPURGO telling the deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, from his book ‘War Horse’, accompanied by songman, BEN MURRAY from the hit West End production. Fundraising event in support of Farms for City Children.
* PATRICK GALE explores in depth his much praised latest novel, ‘A Place Called Winter’ as part of The Great Read, the session especially for book groups as well as individual book-lovers.
For children at the festival: –
JASON BERESFORD entertains with some hilarious storytelling and interactive fun for ages 7+
and SIMON JAMES internationally renowned children’s author, introduces his hot-off-the-press book, tells stories and draws pictures for ages 3+
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.