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Thame Arts & Literature Festival
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11th to 15th October 2017
Dame Jenni Murray : A History of Britain in 21 Women
2.30pm : Spread Eagle : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)
Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men, and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement.
Dame Jenni Murray draws together the lives 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar, ultimately producing a unique history of Britain that is as long-
A History of Britain in 21 Women will profile Boudicca, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth I (this chapter will also feature Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots), Fanny Burney, Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft, Constance Markievicz, Nancy Astor, Ada Lovelace, Caroline Herschel, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gwen John, Rosalind Franklin, Ethel Smyth, Margaret Thatcher, Nicola Sturgeon, Mary Quant, Barbara Castle and Mary Somerville
‘Ideal to press into the hands of young women studying politics and history.’ Independent
‘Celebrates the defiant spirit of Britain’s groundbreaking heroines…Entertaining.’ Daily Mail
Jenni Murray is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour since 1987. She is the author of several books, including Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.
Jenni will be in conversation with Charlie Lee-
James Hamilton : Gainsborough -
4.00pm : Town Hall : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-
In this exhilarating new biography -
There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, GAINSBOROUGH: A PORTRAIT transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.
James Hamilton is an art and cultural historian. His books include TURNER: A LIFE, FARADAY: THE LIFE, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and A STRANGE BUSINESS: MAKING ART AND MONEY IN NINETEENTH-
Hamilton was until retirement in 2013 curator of art collections and projects in Portsmouth, Wakefield, Sheffield, Leeds and the University of Birmingham, where he is a Fellow of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. He lives in Oxford and has lectured and broadcast in the UK, Europe and the US.
Henry Hemming : ‘M’ -
4.00pm : Players Theatre : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)
Based on Henry Hemming’s critically acclaimed M, described by Ben Macintyre in The Times as ‘fascinating’, and by Max Hastings in The Sunday Times as ‘excellent’, this talk reveals the dramatic true story of a maverick MI5 officer who recruited two women in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement. Their skilful, deft work led to the exposure of a Soviet spy-
Get to know MI5’s Maxwell Knight, better known as ‘M’ – a complex, conflicted character and an inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy; -
‘One of the highlights of the Chalke Valley History Festival 2017 was the talk by Henry Hemming on M. It was beautifully delivered and the feedback has been absolutely superb’ Chalke Valley History Festival
Tim Moore : The Cyclist who went out in the Cold
5.30pm : Christchurch : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)
'Bill Bryson on two wheels' Independent
Scaling a new peak of rash over-
Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-
Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-
Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse – at a time of ratcheting East-
After three months, 20 countries and a 58-
Jane Austen at Home -
Devised and Directed by Stephen Siddall ; Producer -
7.00pm : Players Theatre : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)
A lively and varied recital/performance, with engaging drawing-
The show was commissioned and devised -
It is a one-
Stephen Siddall (Director) was Head of English at The Leys School Cambridge, He has directed for BBC 2 and 15 renaissance plays for the university and city at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Hannah Lee studied English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
The playing time is about 75 minutes plus a 20 minute interval and is the most appropriate way to bring Festival 2017 to an end.
It is a splendid notion that 200 years after her death, we still celebrate this wonderful woman’s prose at festivals and theatres across the country.
Photo by Luise Thomas
Photo by Ljeff Overs
Thame (Causton) The murder capital of Oxfordshire!!!! -
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The walk visits some 20 filming locations starting with the museum itself, walking up and down the town centre and finishing outside the town hall. The tour also includes historical facts about the town including the civil war, John Fothergill and the Spread Eagle, the prize-
The Annual Festival Quiz -
7.30pm : Barns Centre Large Hall : £5.00 per player (Teams of 6-
Just to get you in the mood -
(If you know any of these then come and join in -
Lots of fun with a quiz from the excellent Sue Boyle and her lovely team.
Having finally wrested the crown from the Oxfam Bookshop last year (amidst considerable jerrymandering!!), The TAL Admin team are happy to throw down the challenge to everyone. This is the ultimate expression of our motto :
Participate, Enjoy, Inspire
Answers : 1984, George Orwell : A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling : Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen