Martin Bell
Martin Bell

A week of author talks and workshops is set to begin as the Lichfield Literature festival gets underway.

Books covering a range of topics will be in focus at the event which runs from Saturday (October 1) until October 9.

Full list of events:

October 1:

  • All day –  Johnson Young Writers Intensive training for 12 budding young writers.
  • All day –  Charity Book Shop Festival Day.

October 2:

  • All day – Johnson Young Writers Intensive training for 12 budding young writers.
  • 11am – Salley Vickers: Aphrodite’s Hat. The novelist talks about her latest book. £6, The George Hotel.
  • 11am – The Tale Coat 1. Family storytelling with Taffy Thomas. Guildhall.
  • 12.30pm – Richard Beard: Lazarus Is Dead. The novelist talks about his latest book. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – Sophie Hannah: Lasting Damage. The novelist talks about her latest book. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – The Tale Coat 2. Family storytelling with Taffy Thomas. Guildhall.
  • 3.30pm – Craig Brown with Eleanor Bron: The One-Stop Literary Festival. The satirist is joined by the actress for readings from celebrity diaries. £7, The George Hotel.
  • 4pm – Get Creative: Storytelling workshop with Taffy Thomas. Guildroom, Lichfield Guildhall.
  • 5.15pm – Simon Garfield: Just My Type. How typography can change your life. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 6.45pm – Robert Penn: It’s All About The Bike. One man’s quest for the perfect bicycle. £5, The George Hotel.

October 3:

  • 6.30pm – R J Ellory: Bad Signs. The novelist talks about his latest book. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 8pm – Book launch: Local authors David Ayres and Stewart Derry introduce their new books. Free, The George Hotel.

October 4:

  • 10am – Glyn Redworth: The She-Apostle The Extraordinary Life And Death Of Luisa de Carvajal. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 11.45am – Tim Jeal: Explorers of the Nile The Triiumph And Tragedy Of A Great Victorian Adventure. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – Jane Robinson: A Force To Be Reckoned With. A history of the Women’s Institute. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 3.45pm – Stuart Carroll: Martyrs And Murderers. The Guise Family And The Making Of Europe. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 7pm – Get Creative: Writing for Stage & Screen with Professor Ray Johnson. £4, Lichfield Library.

October 5:

  • 10am – Robin Hanbury-Tenison: The Great Explorers. One of the great explorers introduces all the others. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 11.45am – Sinclair McKay: The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park. What the men and women who worked there did. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – Helen Constantine/Lyn Marven: Tales From Rome And Berlin. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 3.45pm – Jim Baggott: The Quantum Story. A history in 40 moments. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 7pm – Julia Neuberger: Is That All There Is? Thoughts On The Meaning OF Life And Leaving A Legacy. £5, The George Hotel.

October 6:

  • 11.45am – Martin Bell: The journalist, former MP and now published poet celebrates National Poetry Day. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – Rabbi Lionel Blue: The Godseeker’s Guide. The Thought For The Day favourite tries to answer the big questions. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 3.45pm – Kate Chisholm: Wits & Wives. Dr Samuel Johnson in the company of women. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 5.30pm – Fiona MacCarthy: The Last Pre-Raphaelite. Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian imagination. £5, The George Hotel.
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October 7:

  • 10am – Frances Wilson: How To Survive The Titanic. Or The Sinking of J Bruce Ismay. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 11.45am – David Acheson: Maths Magic And Playing The Guitar. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 7pm – Literary Dinner: Morse creator and crossword enthusiast Colin Dexter is the guest speaker. £36 (includes three-course meal), The George Hotel.

October 8:

  • 10am – Deirdre le Faye: Jane Austin’s Letters. Unique insights into the novelist’s life. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 11.45am – David Crystal: Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – Douglas Hurd: Choose Your Weapons. The former Cabinet Minister explores 200 years of Foreign Secretaries. £7, The George Hotel.
  • 3pm – Get Creative: Writing Historical Fiction with Ruth Downie. £4, Lichfield Library.
  • 3.45pm – Martin Kemp: Christ to Coke. How Image Becomes Icon. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 5.15pm – Helen Berry: The Castrato and His Wife. The wild and wonderful life of Tenducci. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 6.30pm – Sara Wheeler: Access All Areas. The traveller to extreme places reads from her new collection. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 8pm – Adam Hart-Davies: The Book of Time. The popular scientist enters the fourth dimension. £7, The George Hotel.

October 9:

  • 11.30am – Toby Harnden: Dead Men Risen The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 2pm – Henry Hitchings: The Samuel Johnson Talk. The author of The Language Wars initiates this annual event. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 3pm – Get Creative: Writing for Teenagers with Bryony Pearce. £4, The Old Stables, The Close.
  • 3.30pm – Peter Baxter: The Best Views From The Boundary. The former Test Match Special producer’s cricketing stories. £6, The George Hotel.
  • 5.15pm – Stephen Pile: The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures. £5, The George Hotel.
  • 7pm – Simon Hoggart; A Long Lunch. The Guardian political diarist and former News Quiz chairman shares some memories. £7, The George Hotel.

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