The Stratford Literary Festival welcomes children’s writers, respected writers and high-profile journalists over the weekend.
The names appearing Lucy Worsley OBE, who will be talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman whose new book, Bloody Brilliant Women, highlights some forgotten but ground-breaking women from history. Two leading BBC journalists, World Affairs Editor John Simpson CB, and Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed, will be talking about their new books. John Simpson, who has covered many major conflicts around the world, brings his experiences to his debut novel, Moscow, Midnight, and Ahmed’s book is an acclaimed and moving account of growing up in 1970s Britain amongst a culture of racism and suspicion.
The respected former Guardian Editor, Alan Rusbridger, will be considering why news reporting and analysis in a world of fake news and post truth is more important than ever, and the broadcaster and former stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop, will be offering advice on how women can be more effective public speakers.
The Festival is also welcomes the leading academic, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will just have published the definitive biography of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most notorious figures in history, and James Anthony, former Ford car worker, who has re-written all Shakespeare’s sonnets for the modern audience – a feat described by Stephen Fry as a ‘dazzling success’.
For younger audiences, there will be a day of fun today with the award-winning creator of the much loved, best-selling Mr Gum books, Andy Stanton, who’ll be sharing the bonkersnus of Mr Gum’s life in a new book of short stories. The Festival is celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano with a drawing workshop lead by Nigel Auchtertounie, artist for the famous comic, and the Festival sprinkles a little magic with a workshop to create a unicorn Christmas decoration with the leading theatre designer, Judy Reaves.
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