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12th to 15th October 2017


Famous in the crime writing world, Simon Brett OBE, will be interviewed by Nicole Russell. Simon’s writing also includes comedy in radio and television series such as No Commitments and After Henry.

‘Simon Brett is one of British crime’s most assured craftsmen, with idiosyncratic characters proving winning creations... A feast of red herrings, broadly drawn characters, and gentle thrills and spills litter the witty plot. Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment.’ THE GUARDIAN

From Kathy Come Home to Eastenders, Ray Brooks has been on our screens since the late 1950s. He is also the voice of Mr Ben. Meet him as he talks about Me & My Shadow

Join esteemed crime writers from the Crime Writer’s Association, as they ponder the question

 “Is the female more dangerous than the male?”

S.J. Bolton

Hot off the press in October will be Jenny Uglow's latest book on Edward Lear, which she’ll be discussing at the Festival. Jenny is a former Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus and has written many best-selling books. She is also editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women and The Vintage Book of Ghosts.

Pop Quiz was a favourite of the great British public for many years and Mike Read was its eponymous presenter. DJ and all round expert on pop music, Mike brings his wealth of experiences and knowledge to the Festival in a retrospective interview.

Romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings. The deliciously romantic new novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Fforde

'What I want to know', said Lorna, 'is what lies behind those ash trees at the back of the garden?’
Lorna is a talented gardener and Philly is a plantswoman. Together they work in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds.
They enjoy their jobs and are surrounded by family and friends. 
But for them both the door to true love remains resolutely closed.
So when Lorna is introduced to Jack at a dinner party and Lucien catches Philly’s eye at the local farmers market, it seems that dreams really can come true and happy endings lie just around the corner.
But do they?

Troublesome parents, the unexpected arrival of someone from Lorna's past, and the discovery of an old and secret garden mean their lives are about to become a lot more complicated

In 2015 Charles Spencer, Historian, Festival Organiser and 9th Earl Spencer brought us the fascinating, if somewhat gruesome, fate of those who signed the death warrant Charles I .

His engaging manner and detailed subject knowledge brought this terrible piece of our history to life as he revealed the revenge of Charles II on those unfortunate men.

We are thrilled to welcome Charles back to the Festival this year to talk about the Restoration and its place in forging our modern history.

Richard Macguire is a very unusual author. In his own words…

“I am autistic. See it my way. I view your normality with interest and have grown up wanting to be you. I am now in my fifth decade and wouldn't swap places with you for one minute. I am fine – just as I am. Are you sitting uncomfortably, then I'll begin... Most people can learn the mysteries of life from other people. They decide the rules, communicate, interpret and fit in. Autistic people, like me, are wired differently. We perceive things internally and literally – experiencing the world with hyper-aware senses.”

Richard talks to audiences across the world on the subject of autism. He is an accomplished speaker and brings this fascinating subject to life in a way only someone experiencing it from the inside, can.

The full schedule will follow once the programme - but we thought you might like to see who is already confirmed to attend on each day. - Keep watching for more authors and events