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“I love meeting my audiences, whether they’re through radio, TV, writing or theatre. This is my chance for a chat – just me and a room full of people to share the joys of the strangeness of the English language, why a religious convent in Africa gave me the idea for a novel and the strange connection between a Welsh Literary Festival and an iconic French landmark. The audience can ask me questions, we go through the local paper, we have a drink in the middle – what’s not to like?”Sandi Toksvig appears at the Lichfield Garrick at 8pm. Today will also be the first day of free exhibitions by Angie Lewin, Alistair Tucker and Andy Lovell at Lichfield Cathedral. The Cathedral will also play host to an Opera Gala at 7.30pm, featuring Elin Manahan Thomas, Alfie Boe, David Kempster and the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera under the instruction of conductor Martin Yates. Earlier in the day, Professor Angela McFarlane will be hosting Kew Gardens at 50 – showing how this natural heritage interacts with the digital age. And Johnny With Goggles continues at the Garrick Studio at 9.45pm. For more information on these events, visit the Lichfield Festival website.