Stratford Literary Festival reveals line-up

News - Festivals Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Jodi Picoult, Sir Michael Parkinson, Alan Rusbridger and Lucy Worsley on the bill for autumn event

The main festival runs in Stratford-upon-Avon from 9-17 November but Picoult (pictured) will be appearing at a solo event on 28 October.

Sir Michael Parkinson will discuss George Best; Lucy Worsley will talk talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman will promote her Bloody Brilliant Women. The BBC's John Simpson and Kamal Ahmed, will be talking about their new books: Simpson, a novel, and Ahmed’s book an account of growing up in 1970s Britain amongst a culture of racism and suspicion.

Alan Rusbridger will be considering why news reporting and analysis in a world of fake news and post truth is more important than ever, and Viv Groskop will be offering advice on how women can be more effective public speakers.

The festival will also see Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will just have published a new biography of Thomas Cromwell, and James Anthony, former Ford car worker, who has re-written all Shakespeare’s sonnets for the modern audience.

For younger audiences, the festival is welcoming Mr Gum creator Andy Stanton, who’ll be sharing Mr Gum’s life in a new book of short stories. The 80th anniversary of The Beano is to be marked with a drawing workshop lead by Nigel Auchtertounie, artist for the comic.

Festival director Annie Ashworth said: "Our Autumn/Winter offering is our biggest yet which is very exciting. The focus this year is on non-fiction with the important themes of news and current affairs, as well as addressing important issues for women. We are also looking forward to working with the new team at Stratford Play House." All events, except Parkinson, will take place at the newly re-named Stratford Play House.

Stratford Literary Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary in 2019, is in media partnership with The Week magazine and has Baillie Gifford as headline sponsor.

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