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Authors sign up to appear at the Lichfield Literature festival

Organisers of the sixth Lichfield Literature festival are promising the event will be the biggest yet.

This year’s event will be spread over two weekends from October 1 to October 9 and feature a number of authors covering a range of topics.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah

Already confirmed to appear include former Conservative Cabinet Minister Douglas Hurd, TV science presenter Adam Hart-Davis, political sketch-writer Simon Hoggart, best-selling writer of psychological thrillers Sophie Hannah, journalist Martin Bell and satirist Craig Brown.

There will also be a Samuel Johnson Young Writers’ Scheme, charity bookshop events, a literary quiz night and special events for National Poetry Day. The Storyteller Laureate Taffy Thomas will be in attendance, working in schools and other events.

A spokesperson said:

“There is a strong theme of exploration running through the week, with Tim Jeal talking about the explorers who sought the source of the Nile, Sara Wheeler explaining what has drawn her to the extremely cold and extremely hot places on earth, Robin Hanbury-Tenison plotting the lives of the great explorers, and Robert Penn explaining how he travelled the world to assemble the perfect bicycle.

“Subjects of biographies include the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and the famous castrato singer Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, while other topics include the English language of the King James Bible, the code-breakers of Bletchley Park, the Welsh Guards fighting in Afghanistan, the women in Samuel Johnson’s life, and the sad but hilarious stories of the world’s heroic failures.”

Tickets will go on sale from early September. For more information, call 01543 306270 or visit

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