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“Pick one up from a coffee bar in town, from Lichfield Library, or from the Lichfield Festival office, read it, and then come and discuss it with the author at a special event after Lichfield Literature. “Val McDermid is one of our best selling and most acclaimed crime writers. She is the creator of The Wire In The Blood, which inspired the TV series of the same name. She will be coming to the Friary School Theatre on October 13 to talk about her latest book, The Retribution, and her other works, including Trick Of The Dark.”The Literary Dinner and the Big Read are the centerpieces of the regular autumn festival of books which this year is bigger than ever with 37 authors appearing between October 1 and 9. Tickets are now available for the dinner and for all the events in the festival, online at www.lichfieldfestival.org, by phone on 01543 306270 or in person at the Lichfield Festival office, 7 The Close, Lichfield. This year’s Lichfield Literature has expanded to include a wider range of authors and subjects. Among the other hightlights are:
- Novelist Salley Vickers talking about her latest book, Aphrodite’s Hat.
- Satirist Craig Brown presenting a whole literary festival in one event, with help from the actress Eleanor Bron.
- Cycling enthusiast Robert Penn talking about travelling the world to build his perfect bike.
- Jane Robinson on how the Women’s Institute is “a force to be reckoned with”.
- Rabbi Julia Neuberger considering what makes life worthwhile.
- Fiona MacCarthy talking about Edward Burne-Jones, “the last Pre-Raphaelite”.
- Adam Hart-Davis revealing the secrets of Time.
- The first annual Samuel Johnson Talk, which will be given by Henry Hitchings, whose latest book is The Language Wars.