BOOK FESTIVAL – Six of the Best: Events in the last week

  1. Hilary Spurling & Jenny Uglow

    Hilary Spurling, photo submitted.

Two of Britain’s most accomplished writers attend the Festival today (23rd). An iconic figure of 20th century literary London, Anthony Powell is the subject of award-winning biographer Hilary Spurling’s book.

Jenny Uglow, photo submitted.

Historian Jenny Uglow goes back to the 19th century for Mr. Lear, her forensic examination, and warm appreciation, of Edward Lear. Chaired by Richard Holloway.


David Walliams, photo submitted


  1. David Walliams: Big Laughs

Britain’s biggest author, David Walliams, brings his unique sense of humour to the Book Festival as he shares with you his latest hilarious bestseller, Bad Dad.


J R Carpenter, photo submitted.
  1. J R Carpenter & Kathleen Jamie with Tania Kovats

Published in 1951, Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us remains essential reading. Although it describes the oceans from a marine biologist’s perspective, it’s also renowned for its immersive prose, evoking the sea as a place of wonder and mystery.


Tania Kovats, photo submitted.

Visual artist Tania Kovats talks about the poetry of the oceans, a subject important to her practice and writing, with renowned poets Kathleen Jamie and J R Carpenter, whose debut collection is An Ocean of Static.


Jacqueline Rose, Photo submitted
  1. Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose is a renowned literary and cultural critic. In her inspiring book Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty, she deploys a range of material, from policy documents to social history and psychoanalysis, to demonstrate that by denying the crucial role played by mothers, we are damaging individuals and society as a whole. Chaired by Jackie McGlone.


Oliver Bullough at the Hay Festival 2017, Photo submitted.
  1. Oliver Bullough & Dharshini David

Money definitely makes some parts of the world go round. In Moneyland, investigative journalist Oliver Bullough glues together the Panama Papers, Trumpism and inequality to expose the super-rich.


Cressida Cowell, photo submitted.


  1. Cressida Cowell

The worldwide bestselling author of the How To Train Your Dragon series returns to the Book Festival with the second book from her new series, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic. Expect wizards, warriors and magical wonders as Cressida Cowell delves into this exciting new must-read tale. Then ask her all of your burning questions.



Hilary Spurling & Jenny Uglow: Words and Wit

Thu 23rd August 15:45 – 16:45

Spark Theatre, George Street

£12.00, £10.00


David Walliams: Big Laughs

Thu 23rd August 17:00 – 18:00

Baillie Gifford, Main Theatre


Families, 7+


J R Carpenter & Kathleen Jamie with Tania Kovats: Mother Sea

Thu 23rd August 19:15 – 20:15

Spark Theatre, George Street

£12.00, £10.00


Jacqueline Rose: The Importance of Mothers

Fri 24th August 17:45 – 18:45

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00


Oliver Bullough & Dharshini David: Follow the Money

Sun 26th August 12:30 – 13:30

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00


Cressida Cowell: Twice the Magic

Sun 26th August 13:30 – 14:30

Baillie Gifford, Main Theatre


Families, 8+

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