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Comic set to kick off Lichfield Literature festival

Jo Brand

Jo Brand

The fifth annual Lichfield Literature festival is kicking off with a series of star names lined up.

Comedian Jo Brand will kick the event off tomorrow (October 5)  at a launch event at Moor Hall in Sutton Coldfield.

She will be talking about the second volume of her life story, Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down, in which she marries, becomes a mother and moves from the alternative comedy circuit into the mainstream, with appearances on Countdown, Parkinson and Trinny and Susannah.

And on October 7 Lichfield Literature moves back to the cathedral city with author talks in the George Hotel and children’s writer Liz Kessler working with local schoolchildren. There is also a special Literary Quiz at Darnford Moors Golf Club in the evening.

The following day sees an opportunity to dine with Roy Hattersley, eminent newspaper columnist, author, biographer and former deputy leader of the Labour Party.

A spokesperson said:

“Tables are selling fast but there are some places left for this dinner in the elegant Garrick Room at the George Hotel.”

Other celebrated names on the Lichfield Literature programme include actor Ron Moody, journalist Martin Bell and politician Tony Benn.

Over the weekend, there is the chance to find out about the secret life of the Swallows And Amazons author, Arthur Ransome, gain insights into the world of Roald Dahl, hear the striking story of Mende Nazer who was abducted by the Mujahidin in Sudan and sold into slavery, and hear why the future looks bright for scientists.

Tickets are available at the Lichfield Festival office, 7 The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD, by phone on 01543 306270, online at or on the door at the events.

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