TAL Festival Ltd
TAL Festival Ltd
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Thame Arts & Literature Festival
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11th to 15th October 2017
‘ Literary Salon TAL Festival 2017
Join Hero and the team from Muddy Stilettos as they host our very first Literary Salon.
With no fewer than FIVE of the country’s finest female authors gathered to share their writing, motivation and their ability to find appropriate life/work balances -
Whilst not exclusively for our female visitors, the Literary Salon makes for a fantastic Girls’ Night Out with some articulate conversation and cerebral stimulation.
The Literary Salon will last for about 2 hours and will have a paying bar.
Thursday 12th October : 8.00pm : Town Hall : £10
Elizabeth Heathcote -
Clover Stroud -
Tasmina Perry -
Hero Brown -
Kerry Potter -
LibertyLondonGirl aka Sasha Wilkins -
Alexandra Heminsley -
Thursday 12th October 6.30pm : Players Theatre : £9.00 (Concessions £8.00)
Charles Spencer makes a very welcome return to TAL with his new book To Catch a King on the true story of the dramatic escape of the young Charles II after defeat at the Battle of Worcester.
After the Royalist forces were crushed by the might of Cromwell’s armies, Charles II was forced to flee for his life from the men who had killed his father in January 1649 and who wanted him – and all traces of the monarchy – dead. With bloodied feet and facing certain death if caught, Charles relied upon a patchwork of hiding places that had evolved since the Reformation to hide Catholics from lethal persecution by Protestant forces. They now saved the life of a king and the following six weeks would form the most dramatic of Charles’ life.
Charles II suffered grievously yet displayed remarkable ingenuity. He hid in an oak tree, an event so fabled that over 400 English pubs are named Royal Oak in commemoration. He also witnessed a village in wild celebrations at the mistaken news of his killing, as well as the ordeal of a medical student wrongly imprisoned because of his similarity in looks.
When eventually restored to the throne as Charles II, he told his adventures to Samuel Pepys who transcribed everything in coded shorthand. Pepys’ account and a wealth of new letters and diaries that have come to light in the past 50 years form the basis of To Catch a King.
Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a reporter on NBC’s Today Show from 1986 to 1995 and is the author of four books, including Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim, Battle for Europe (shortlisted for the History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards), Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier and Killers of the King.
We are particularly delighted to welcome Charles back to TAL. His gripping tale of what happened to those who signed Charles I’s death warrant is perhaps, given even more context in what is effectively, a prequel to that story. Charles also hosts a literary festival in the grounds of his home at Althorp.