2018 Programme

St Peter’s Place

The Church

10.00 Book Sale – doors open
10.00 – 12.00 Coffee and cakes
10.30 – 11.30 Escapes into Fiction

Bestselling author Isabel Ashdown talks about the theme of ‘escape’ in her novels, and chats about her recent move into the genre of psychological thriller. With readings from her latest novels Little Sister and Beautiful Liars, followed by Q&A.

Isabel Ashdown

11.30 – 12.00 Book signing
Isabel Ashdown
11.45 – 12.45    Having the Last Word

What are the ethics of writing about family history, particularly when your subjects are dead and can’t answer back?

 Adam Mars-Jones

12 – 2.30  Lunch
12.45 – 1.15 Book signing
Adam Mars-Jones
1.15 – 2.00 Talks in the tent: Getting published

A panel discussion in which our speakers share their experiences of getting published in today’s marketplace

2.00 – 3.00 The True Story of a Life-changing Trek on the Great Wall of China

Béatrice Crawford will take you with her on the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China to climb thousands of steps in the grandiose scenery of the Yanshan Mountains.  You will share her joy at throwing off the shackles of her past to walk under the bright sky of the future.

Béatrice Crawford

2.30 – 5.00  Tea and cakes
3.00 – 3.30 Book signing
Beatrice Crawford
3.15 – 4.15  Instead of a Memoir

Margaret Drabble talks about writing late in life. Many novelists and biographers turn to autobiography in their later years, but some find this very problematic. She will review her own long career in fiction, and what relationship fiction holds with biography and fact.

 Margaret Drabble

4.15 – 4.45 Book signing
Margaret Drabble
4.15 – 5.00 Talks in the tent (TBC)
4.15 – 5.00 “Book grab” – buy a carrier bag for £1 and fill it with as many books as you can carry