Endelienta
Fostering The Arts & Spirituality In North Cornwall

North Cornwall Book Festival 2015


Patrick GaleWelcome, gentle reader, to the third North Cornwall Book Festival, a last hurrah for booklovers before the onset of the fireside armchair season. Once again we have brought together a varied menu of writers for a variety of readers. Once again we have two hugely tempting concerts for your evening pleasure, and an exciting programme of workshops.

However this year also presents some changes. Most dramatically the festival is now happening entirely within the tiny parish of St Endellion on the campus long established by the two St Endellion music festivals. This means that, having parked your car, you'll find everything within a short walking distance. But we'll still have our lovely, atmospheric Betjeman Marquee and the added bonus of views across the sea to Tintagel and Lundy and the use of one of the region's most remarkable churches. The other change, responding to demand, is that we have greatly expanded our events for the youngest readers among you so that, as well as our popular Book Surfers and Bookworms schools sequences on the Friday, we're now offering a series of events for children alongside our adult ones all weekend.

Once again we'll have a licensed bar and a delicious range of cakes, snacks, light meals and hot and cold drinks on sale to tempt you to make a day out of your visit. And, of course, signed copies of the books under discussion will be available throughout the festival by our onsite bookstall run by The Bookshop Liskeard.

One of the pleasures of the festival is that it's short enough for most of the authors to be present throughout, so you might find yourself queuing for cake alongside someone who had you enthralled the previous afternoon. Another novelty this year is that we're making the most of this by having several of our resident authors interview one another. My hope is that this might lead you to discover, via a writer you already know, one that you didn't.

This page gives you the complete festival programme but you can also be fearfully modern and follow us, and our writers, on the Twitter feed @NcornBookFest and discover more detail about each event on our website www.northcornwallbookfestival.org and our Facebook page.

A resounding thank you to our invaluable backers and sponsors. This festival would be a shadow of itself without the generous input of Arts Council England, FEAST, The Dame Violet Wills Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust, Sharps Brewery, Great Art, Sproulls and Nathan Outlaw.

I do hope you enjoy the festival as much as I and the other writers intend to. Come for a day. Come for all three. And do, please, tell your friends and bring along your book club!
Patrick Gale (Festival Chairman)

PROGRAMME
Here is the programme. You can click on a link in this colourful summary to jump to a more detailed description or simply scroll your way through all the events. You can book tickets in several ways. The simplest is to click the Paypal button by an event's description - this lets you add as many tickets as you want to a "cart", and to pay for your complete selection either by credit card, debit card or by Paypal. You have an opportunity to amend your selection before you pay, in case you've run a little mad. Alternatively you can telephone the box office on 07787 944935 . Please be prepared to leave a message. You can also e mail any enquiries to tickets@endelienta.org.uk For directions for finding us, please click here.

  Friday 23rd October   Saturday 24th October
Betjeman Marquee St Endellion Church Betjeman Marquee Causley Marquee Rectory Study Rectory Sitting Rom Stone Barn St Endellion Hall Port Isaac Village Hall
10.00         Bibliotherapy Sessions with Ella Berthoud   Patricia Duncker Fiction Workshop on Beginnings   Jonathan Korejko Papermaking Workshop
10.15 Book Surfers (ages 12-15)
10.30
11.00 Jenny Balfour-Paul
11.30
12.00    
12.30 Alison Mercer Hog in the Fog!
1.00   Bibliotherapy Sessions with Ella Berthoud  
1.30    
1.45

Bookworms
(ages 7-11)

2.00 M J Carter Drawing with Caroline Cleave Workshop on Writing for Children Christopher William Hill
2.30
3.00      
3.30 Julia Copus Landybooks
4.00   Bibliotherapy Sessions with Ella Berthoud  
4.30 Prizegiving Readings    
5.00 Patricia Duncker Meet Jill Murphy!  
5.30  
6.00       Supper
7.30 Concert: Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection  
8.00 Concert: Tom Hickox
  Sunday 25th October
Betjeman Marquee Causley Marquee Rectory Study Rectory Sitting Room Stone Barn
10.00     Bibliotherapy Sessions with Ella Berthoud   Workshop: Alison Mercer Handling Romance in Fiction
10.30
11.00 Miranda Seymour
11.30
12.00    
12.30 Philip Marsden Meg Lamond
1.00 Bibliotheraphy Sessions with Ella Berthoud  
1.30    
2.00 Neel Mukherjee Christopher William Hill Workshop: Poetry with Julia Copus
2.30
3.00      
3.30 John Lanchester Landybooks 2nd helping
4.00
4.30    
5.00 Patrick Gale Drawing with Caroline Cleave  
6.00

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23

10.15-12.30 Event 1: BOOK SURFERS (Betjeman Marquee etc)
Our sequence of events for readers aged 12-15 includes the following delights for your teenager's delectation. No picking and choosing: one £6 ticket gets you two out of the four authors and we promise they're all great. Think of it as a literary lottery!
Tim Bowler Tim has written over twenty books for teenagers and won numerous awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for River Boy. Described as "the master of the psychological thriller" and "one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction", he will be discussing his most recent novels, Night Runner and Game Changer. To visit Tim's website click here.
Steph Haxton A historian as well as a writer, Steph will take us on a time-travelling adventure, taking inspiration from the past, present and future. She will explore the types of things that inspire us about the past or intrigue us about the future. Does it matter what you write with? And what is a book anyway? To visit Step's website click here.

Lu HerseyChris HigginsLu Hersey (left) When her mum vanishes, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village's disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she's not who – or what – she thought she was. Taking her debut novel Deep Water as an exciting starting point, Lu will discuss writing stories inspired by local myths, legends and magic. To visit Lu's website click here.
Chris Higgins Chris (right) is an award-winning and best-selling author - "the new queen of bitter sweet teenage fiction" says Waterstones magazine - exploring the tensions of growing up in contemporary society, as well as the fast-paced psychological thrillers He's After Me and The Day I Met Suzie, stories of friendship, family and trust. She will be discussing the question: what makes a good book? To visit Chris' website click here.
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1.45 - 4.00 Event 2: BOOKWORMS (Betjeman Marquee etc)
Building on last year's crowded banquet, this year's sequence for 7-11 year olds offers up some new treats and some returning favourites. One £6 ticket gains your loved one high calorie entertainment from the following:
Christopher William HillChristopher William Hill Come and spend a gloriously ghoulish 45 minutes with children's author Christopher William Hill. Discover how a broken leg changed his life forever, the reason macaroni cheese is the most evil food on earth and why you should run a mile if an Aztec arrives on your doorstep with a mug of hot chocolate. If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies then come along to hear Christopher share some of the deliciously devious stories that make up his Tales From Schwartzgarten. To visit Christopher's website click here.






Hugh HastingsChris HigginsHugh Hastings
What is so important that a sinister trap is laid for Ella and her brother Archie? Why were they sent away to Cornwall? Hugh will take us on a romping Cornish adventure based on his book High Tide. Join Ella, Archie and their friends to discover the secrets lurking below the surface of a harmless trip to the seaside!
Chris Higgins Better known as a teen author, Chris has also written for younger children. She will explore characterisation based on her My Funny Family series, which follows the capers of the loveable and eccentric Butterfield family, and the Secrets Club books, touching on school, friendships and the path ahead. To visit Chris' website click here.
Jill MurphyMoray LaingMoray Laing's Meet the Monsters Monster facts and essential info from Doctor Who expert and children's writer Moray Laing. He will be talking about the best and scariest monsters in the universe and encouraging you to devise your own, even scarier ones. You may want to hide behind the sofa…
Jill Murphy Jill is the author and illustrator of the much-loved Worst Witch stories, about Mildred Hubble, the worst student at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, and numerous other cherished children's books. Jill will tell how she not only wrote her first books when still at school but made them from scratch, too! To visit Jill's website click here.
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4.30-5.30 PRIZE-GIVING READINGS (Betjeman Marquee)
The winners and runners-up of the Charles Causley Children's and Young People's Poetry Prize read from their work before receiving their awards from storyteller-poet, Anna Maria Murphy. The winners and runners-up from the Andrew Jolley Young Journalism Prize will then read from their entries before receiving awards from John Lanchester. Ahead of the Festival children in Cornwall have been invited to design a new cover image for a title of their choice, entries on display in St Endellion Hall. The prizes for this competition will be presented by publisher/bookseller Ron Johns. Admission free.
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Tom Hickox8.00-9.30 Event 3: CONCERT: TOM HICKOX (St Endellion Church)
The adult programme of the festival gets underway with a concert that, the chairman for one, is very excited about. Fresh from recording his second album after triumphant appearances on Jools Holland, at Glastonbury and elsewhere, cult singer-songwriter, Tom Hickox, gives a first gig in the glorious church that has powerful family associations for him. Though often compared to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker, his magnificently moody style is all his own and his lyrics, ranging from heart-on-sleeve sincere to tongue-in-cheek ironic, would merit him a place on this programme as a poet. The Daily Telegraph has already been won over by "the depth and intensity" of his voice and music calling him "a true original". Come along and decide for yourself! To visit Tom's website, click here.
Admission £10.
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 24

Patricia Duncker10.00-1.00 Event 4: FICTION WORKSHOP ON BEGINNINGS WITH PATRICIA DUNCKER (Stone Barn)
What kind of book are you reading or writing? (Genre, audience, target age? Gendering the genre?) How does this book relate to your other reading? Are you reading or writing the kind of book you adore and want to read? What does the opening of a piece of fiction have to do? This workshop addresses the foundation questions that lie at the root of all fiction: how do you establish your contract with the reader? And how are you going to honour (or cunningly subvert) that contract? Distinguished novelist and academic, Patricia Duncker will lead you to think about the nature of your engagement with your readers, and fictional beginnings. You'll also look closely at examples, and reflect on what works and what doesn't! Places are strictly limited so please book promptly. To visit Patricia's website, click here.
Admission £20.
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Jonathan Korejko10.00-4.00 Event 5: JONATHAN KOREJKO PAPERMAKING WORKSHOP (Port Isaac Village Hall)
After his sell-out workshop last year, it's great to welcome back papermaking artist, Jonathan Korejko. In the course of the day, he'll introduce you to the joys of creating handmade paper with a literary theme. Discover how letters, words, fibres, and flowers can be incorporated into paper to create unique pieces of work. Shakespeare wrote about roses, Wordsworth mentioned daffodils, and Jane Austen loved marigolds! Think you know Dickens? Find out what Oliver Twist and papermaking have in common! We'll pay homage to Betjeman, Tennyson, Heaney, and make alphabet soup, mixing metaphors into a vat of "rag" pulp from old books and pulp fiction. This workshop is intensive and fun: a must for those who want to know more about paper, its history and the many ways in which art, literature and nature can be blended together. To visit Jonathan's website, click here.
When you book, you'll be e-mailed a list of what you need to bring besides your packed lunch. Admission £35.
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Ella Berthoud10.00-12.00 Events Ella1-8: BIBLIOTHERAPY WITH ELLA BERTHOUD (Rectory Study)
Once again the delightful and phenomenally well-read artist and bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, co-author of the hugely successful The Novel Cure and the Independent's related column, is on hand to advise you what to read next. In fifteen minutes' consultation she will delivery a reading prescription based on your reading habits and personality. To visit Ella' s website, click here.
£5 per one-to-one session.
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Time on Saturday   Time on Saturday
10.00-10.15 Event: Ella1
11.00-11.15 Event Ella5
10.15-10.30 Event: Ella2
11.15-11.30 Event: Ella6
10.30-10.45 Event: Ella3
11.30-11.45 Event: Ella7
10.45-11.00 Event: Ella4
11.45-12.00 Event: Ella8


Jenny Balfour-Paul11.00-12.00 Event 6: JENNY BALFOUR-PAUL (Betjeman Marquee)
Festival favourite, Jenny Balfour-Paul has entranced readers and critics with Deeper Than Indigo, which weaves together the adventures of Thomas Machell, a young midshipman travelling round the world in the early 19th century with her equally intoxicating life and travelogue. She'll be in conversation with historian and writer, Lisa Cooper. To visit Jenny's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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Alison Mercer12.30-1.30 Event 7: ALISON MERCER (Betjeman Marquee)
Alison Mercer's novels, Stop The Clock and After I Left You fearlessly reclaim romantic territory for the literary reader and have been acclaimed as "captivating" by the Daily Mail and a host of literary bloggers. Since romance has always been a cornerstone for fiction, why does it now feel the need to apologise for itself? Alison will be in conversation with novelist, Patrick Gale about everything from this, to the techniques of tear-jerking, to marriage to a poet. To visit Alison's website, click here.
Admission £6.
NB Alison is teaching a romantic fiction workshop on Sunday morning.
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The hog, the Shrew and the Hullabaloo12.30-1.30 Event 8: THE HOG, THE SHREW AND THE HULLABALOO (Causley Marquee)
Harry the Hog and his friend Candy Stripe Lil are kept awake by mysterious noises in the night. What on earth could they be? Little fans of acclaimed poet, Julia Copus' delightful Harry and Lil picture books (and their parents) will relish the chance to meet Julia and hear her read The Hog, The Shrew and The Hullabaloo herself. (Ages 6 and under. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.) Admission £6.
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Ticket choices

Ella Berthoud1.00-3.00 Events Ella9-16: BIBLIOTHERAPY WITH ELLA BERTHOUD (Rectory Study)
Once again the delightful and phenomenally well-read artist and bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, co-author of the hugely successful The Novel Cure and the Independent's related column, is on hand to advise you what to read next. In fifteen minutes' consultation she will delivery a reading prescription based on your reading habits and personality.
To visit Ella' s website, click here.
£5 per one-to-one session.
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Time on Saturday   Time on Saturday
1.00-1.15 Event: Ella9
2.00-2.15 Event Ella13
1.15-1.30 Event: Ella10
2.15-2.30 Event: Ella14
1.30-1.45 Event: Ella11
2.30-2.45 Event: Ella15
1.45-2.00 Event: Ella12
2.45-3.00 Event: Ella16



Christopher William Hill2.00-5.00 Event 9: FICTION WORKSHOP: WRITING NOVELS FOR CHILDREN WITH CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM HILL (Stone Barn)
Christopher William Hill is an award-winning playwright, radio dramatist and children's author and in this 3-hour story writing workshop he'll share top tips and helpful hints to set your imagination fizzing. With an intriguing assortment of smells as a starting point – some delicious, some revolting – all the ingredients of a good story will be covered, including dreaming up fascinating characters, building imaginary worlds and how to trip up unwary readers with unexpected plot twists. Places are strictly limited so please book promptly. To visit Christopher's website, click here.
Admission £20.
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M J Carter2.00-3.00 Event 10: M J CARTER (Betjeman Marquee)
Having made her name with prizewinning books about Anthony Blunt and the royal families caught up in World War One, Miranda Carter has made a startling diversion into historical thrillers with The Strangler Vine and The Infidel Stain, two novels set against the turmoil of 1870s India whose ingenious detectives, Blake and Avery, have already acquired a clamorous following. We're delighted that she'll be talking about them with Booker and Costa nominee, Neel Mukherjee. To visit Miranda's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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Caroline Cleave2.00-3.00 Event 11: DRAWING WITH CAROLINE CLEAVE (Rectory Sitting Room)
Children who have already experienced one of local artist, Caroline Cleave's inspiring drawing workshops will be begging you to book them for another go. There's a good reason why they always sell out. Come in clothes you don't mind getting mucky and prepare to have FUN! To visit Caroline's website, click here.
(Ages 7 to 11) Admission £6.
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Julia Copus3.30-4.30 Event 12: POETRY READING & PERFORMANCE OF GHOST LINES - JULIA COPUS (Betjeman Marquee)
As well as reading from new work, poet Julia Copus will present a live version of her acclaimed poem cycle Ghost Lines. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and directed by Fiction Factory's John Taylor, the piece follows the story of a couple undergoing the gruelling process of IVF, via a mixture of poems and "wittily honest personal testimony". Lyrical and poignant, this performance celebrates the mysteries of conception while not flinching from the mechanistic and occasionally surreal business of medical intervention. Biographical interludes are accompanied by the specially created music of Jacob Shirley, composed for electric cello. Julia Copus has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and the prestigious Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010). Her latest collection, The World's Two Smallest Humans, is published by Faber. To visit Julia's website, click here.
NB Julia will be teaching a poetry workshop on Sunday afternoon.
Admission £6.
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Veronica Lamond3.30-4.30 Event 13: LANDYBOOKS (Causley Marquee)
A chance for young readers to meet Veronica Lamond, local author and illustrator of the beloved Landybooks. Come and hear about lovable Landy (1956 Series 1 Land Rover) and Fender (1999 Defender) and their energetic young owners, Jack and Dan. (Ages 6 and under. Children need to be accompanied by an adult, who'll get in free!) To visit Veronica's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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Ella Berthoud4.00-6.00 Event Ella17-24: BIBLIOTHERAPY WITH ELLA BERTHOUD
Once again the delightful and phenomenally well-read artist and bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, co-author of the hugely successful The Novel Cure and the Independent's related column, is on hand to advise you what to read next. In fifteen minutes' consultation she will deliver a reading prescription based on your reading habits and personality.
To visit Ella' s website, click here.
Admission £5
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Time on Saturday   Time on Saturday
4.00-4.15 Event: Ella17
5.00-5.15 Event Ella21
4.15-4.30 Event: Ella18
5.15-5.30 Event: Ella22
4.30-4.45 Event: Ella19
5.30-5.45 Event: Ella23
4.45-5.00 Event: Ella20
5.45-6.00 Event: Ella24

Patricia Duncker5.00-6.00 Event 14: PATRICIA DUNCKER
From her cult debut, Hallucinating Foucault, through her recreation of the life of gender-bending naval surgeon, James Miranda Barrie, to her more recent dark Highsmithian thrillers, Patricia Duncker's fiction always avoided pigeonholing and parochialism. Her latest is no exception: a magnificently inventive, witty, feminist retort to Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman, imagining a passionate 19th century love triangle in which George Eliot, a literary monster at the height of her powers, is the unlikely other woman. Patrick Gale can't wait to ask her all about it. To visit Patricia's website, click here.
NB Patricia will be teaching a fiction workshop on Saturday morning.
Admission £6.
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Jill Murphy5.00-6.00 Event 15: MEET JILL MURPHY! (Causley Marquee)
The author of the Worst Witch novels and countless other books has had children enraptured by her stories and pictures for so long that we have to say that once they're old enough to drive a car instead of coming by broomstick, they're probably TOO OLD to come along! (Ages 7 to 11). To visit Jill's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection7.30-9.30 Event 16: Concert: WILD WILLY BARRETT'S FRENCH CONNECTION (St Endellion Church)
The self-described Godfather of Grunge Folk, Wild Willy Barrett is an unfairly talented multi-instrumentalist whose musical style has taken in folk, blues, psychedelia, pop and punk rock. As well as being famed for the wit of his live shows and his virtuoso fiddle playing, he has introduced astonished audiences to egg-necking, in which a slide guitar is played with a raw egg, and the exotic delights of the wah wah wheelie bin. For tonight's concert charismatic French singer, Aurora Colson takes centre stage, captivating with styles ranging from Bluegrass to acoustic blues, with haunting Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf thrown into the mix. There'll also be cellist, Mary Holland and Irish pipes and & whistle player, John Devine, whose outstanding musicianship was recently rewarded by an invitation to play in the presence of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. So… expect innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, all spiced with wry humour. This is sure to be a concert the like of which St Endellion has never seen. To visit the Wild Willy Barrett website, click here.
Admission £10. Free to accompanied under 16s.


A two-course HOT SUPPER will be available before this concert for £7 per person. We need you to place your order for this in advance as we will need to know numbers. These have been very popular in the past. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Meal Options
Other dietary requirements?
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 25th

Alison Mercer10.00-1.00 Event 17: FICTION WORKSHOP: HANDLING ROMANCE WITH ALISON MERCER (Stone Barn)
From meet cute to the right good end, pick up tips and strategies for structuring a love story and bringing it to life – and then set about putting them into practice. You'll discuss key scenes from Jane Eyre, Jojo Moyes' Me Before You and Patrick Gale's A Place Called Winter, and look at how they work. We'll also explore how to make your characters clash, attract each other, come together – and maybe fall apart again. Along the way you'll touch on the importance of banter, opposition, desire, vulnerability and intimacy, and the power of happy and unhappy endings. You'll tackle exercises that focus on narrative, drama and character; you'll leave having written a meet cute – the scene in which two future lovers meet – and with lots of ideas for how you could develop their story and see them through to the end. To visit Alison's website, click here.
Places are strictly limited so please book promptly. Admission £20.

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Ella Berthoud10.00-12.00 Events Ella25-32: BIBLIOTHERAPY WITH ELLA BERTHOUD (Rectory Study)
Once again the delightful and phenomenally well-read artist and bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, co-author of the hugely successful The Novel Cure and the Independent's related column, is on hand to advise you what to read next. In fifteen minutes' consultation she will deliver a reading prescription based on your reading habits and personality.
To visit Ella' s website, click here.
Admission £5
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Time on Sunday   Time on Sunday
10.00-10.15 Event: Ella25
11.00-11.15 Event Ella29
10.15-10.30 Event: Ella26
11.15-11.30 Event: Ella30
10.30-10.45 Event: Ella27
11.30-11.45 Event: Ella31
10.45-11.00 Event: Ella28
11.45-12.00 Event: Ella32

Miranda Seymour11.00-12.00 Event 18: MIRANDA SEYMOUR (Betjeman Marquee)
Today the mistrust between Germany and England remains as strong as ever and Hitler remains Germany's most familiar face. But should thirteen years blot out four centuries of a profound, if rivalrous, friendship? In Noble Endeavours, distinguished biographer and novelist, Miranda Seymour explores this forgotten friendship through the diverse stories of friends pulled apart by war, using a wealth of unpublished material to bring the past to life. She'll be in conversation with Miranda Carter, whose The Three Emperors covered the same period from a royal perspective. To visit Miranda's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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Philip Marsden12.30-1.30 Event 19: PHILIP MARSDEN (Betjeman Marquee)
Shortlisted for this year's Wainwright Award, Philip Marsden's latest book, Rising Ground, is several things at once, all of them fascinating. It's the haunting account of an interrupted walk the length of his beloved Cornwall, set against his slow restoration of a fine old house on the Fal and his memories of a lifetime of walking and exploring, it's a meditation on landscapes and why we accord certain aspects of them special significance and it's a celebration of Cornish eccentrics and achievers. Admirers of Philip's The Levelling Sea will need no encouragement to attend, newcomers to his work couldn't hope for a better introduction to it. Philip will be in conversation with fellow polymath, John Lanchester.
To visit Philip's website, click here.
This event is sponsored by Nathan Outlaw.
Admission £6.
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Meg Lamond12.30-1.30 Event 20: ANIMAL CRAFT WITH MEG LAMOND (Causley Marquee) Prepare to have fun and get creative in this inspiring, animal-based workshop that mixes story telling with clay modelling. Meg will introduce children to a range of animal characters from popular stories and help them to fashion creatures of their own using clay and other materials. (Ages 6 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.)To visit Meg's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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Ticket Choices


Ella Berthoud1.00-3.00 Events Ella 33-40: BIBLIOTHERAPY WITH ELLA BERTHOUD (Rectory Study)
Once again the delightful and phenomenally well-read arist and bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, co-author of the hugely successful The Novel Cure and the Independent's related column, is on hand to advise you what to read next. In fifteen minutes' consultation she will deliver a reading prescription based on your reading habits and personality.
To visit Ella' s website, click here.
Admission £5
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Time on Sunday   Time on Sunday
1.00-1.15 Event: Ella33
2.00-2.15 Event Ella37
1.15-1.30 Event: Ella34
2.15-2.30 Event: Ella38
1.30-1.45 Event: Ella35
2.30-2.45 Event: Ella39
1.45-2.00 Event: Ella36
2.45-3.00 Event: Ella40

Julia Copus2.00-5.00 Event 21: POETRY WORKSHOP WITH JULIA COPUS (Stone Barn)
Factions and sectors of humanity have always fascinated poets, and many of the poems written about them are among the most memorable we have. Philip Larkin takes a moving but uncompromising look at old age in The Old Fools, P.K. Page brilliantly captures the unpredictable, rambunctious nature of Young Girls, and American poet laureate Ted Kooser somehow convinces us that Surveyors have travelled to our roadsides straight from the middle ages. How do such poems manage to be both general and specific? And how can we make use of this knowledge to enrich our own writing? Join poet, Julia Copus in this stimulating three-hour workshop to find out. Julia will also take you on a whistle-stop tour of the line-break and demonstrate how lines can be manipulated to create a range of effects. You will come away with the makings of your own poem, and there will also be time to hear, share and discuss what you produce, should you wish to do so. Julia is winner of the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, 2010. Places are strictly limited so please book promptly.
To visit Julia's website, click here.
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Neel Mukherjee2.00-3.00 Event 22: NEEL MUKHERJEE (Betjeman Marquee)
Calcutta-born, longtime London resident Neel Mukherjee sprang upon an unsuspecting reading world with A Life Apart, part of which played out in early twentieth century Bengal. Shortlisted for both Booker and Costa prizes, his hugely ambitious second novel, The Lives of Others, is no less unsparing in its juxtaposition of the loves and savage rivalries in a wealthy Bengali household with the story of one of the house's sons who has fled bourgeois comfort to join the Naxalite revolutionaries in the jungles and rice fields. Encyclopaedic in its reach and references, the novel has left many wondering what on earth Neel will tackle next. To find out this and more, novelist and academic, Patricia Duncker will engage him in conversation. Admission £6. Click here to return to the festival plan.


Christopher William Hill2.00-3.00 Event 23: CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM HILL (Rectory)
Come and spend a gloriously ghoulish hour with children's author Christopher William Hill, whose writing the Sunday Express called "Dark and funny in a very horrible way..." Discover how a broken leg changed his life forever, the reason macaroni cheese is the most evil food on earth and why you should run a mile if an Aztec arrives on your doorstep with a mug of hot chocolate. If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies then come along to hear Christopher share some of the deliciously devious stories that make up his Tales From Schwartzgarten. (Ages 7 to 11 only.) To visit Christopher's website, click here.
Admission £6.
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John Lanchester3.30-4.30 Event 24: JOHN LANCHESTER (Betjeman Marquee)
John Lanchester is a successful novelist, whose Capital is currently being adapted by the BBC, a journalist (Granta, The Observer, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New Yorker and the London Review of Books) and the noted restaurant critic for Esquire. But he's also a witty "translator" of economics and finance for mere mortals, first in his guide to the banking collapses earlier this century in Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay and now in How to Talk Money, an elegant lexicon of those crucial important terms whose meaning eludes most of us. Here to help him elucidate, we'll have Philip Marsden. This event is sponsored by Sproull.
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Veronica Lamond3.30-4.30 Event 25: LANDYBOOKS (Rectory)
A second chance for young readers to meet Veronica Lamond, local author and illustrator of the beloved Landybooks. Come and hear about lovable Landy (1956 Series 1 Land Rover) and Fender (1999 Defender) and their energetic young owners, Jack and Dan. (Ages 6 and under. Each child or group of children must be accompanied by an adult, who gets in free!) To visit Veronica's website, click here.
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Patrick Gale5.00-6.00 Event 26: PATRICK GALE (Betjeman Marquee)
Inspired by old photographs and a fragment of a tragic story in his grandmother's unfinished memoir, Patrick Gale's latest novel, A Place Called Winter, boldly takes the bare bones of his great grandfather's story – wealthy young man abandons wife, child and luxury for an unimaginably harsh life as a pioneer farmer in the Canadian prairies – and turns it into a tale of criminal love and self-discovery. Selected by Simon Mayo for the Radio 2 Book Club, the novel has struck chords with anyone whose family history contains a black sheep. Come along with your book club to hear Alison Mercer find out the stories behind brave Petra Slaymaker and unimaginably wicked Troels Munck. To visit Patrick's website, click here.
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Caroline Cleave5.00-6.00 Event 27: DRAWING WITH CAROLINE CLEAVE (Rectory Sitting Room)
Children who have already experienced one of local artist, Caroline Cleave's inspiring drawing workshops will be begging you to book them for another go. There's a good reason why they always sell out. Come in clothes you don't mind getting mucky and prepare to have FUN! (For ages 7 to 11 only.)
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Admission £6.
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