For lovers of good books and creative expression this annual festival in the town of Sherborne includes a variety of author talks, writing workshops, and children’s events.
Whether you’re an avid reader, writer, or just someone who likes to sit back and be entertained, the fifth annual Sherborne Literary Festival has something for you.
The festival itself is organised under the auspices of the Sherborne Literary Society. Taking place from Wednesday, 11th to Sunday, 15th October the festival offers fascinating and entertaining speakers from a broad spectrum of literature. With talks, tours, workshops and an exciting programme for local schools there is so much to offer.
Where does the Festival take place?
With most functions taking place at The Digby Hall in Hound Street, events will also be held at other venues around town. Ticket prices vary and full details of locations and cost can be found online at www.sherborneliterarysociety.
The Digby Hall has ample parking, with additional spaces for other events in various public car parks throughout the town, and on street parking after 6pm in certain locations. All events are within 20 minutes walking distance of Sherborne’s mainline train station which runs hourly services to and from Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne and Exeter, as well as to Gillingham, Templecombe, Salisbury and London Waterloo in the other direction. There are taxi services available from the station, together with limited bus services.
For the full schedule please see www.sherborneliterarysociety.
Giles Milton: historian and author of ‘Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’
11 am 11 Oct 2017
Giles Milton – a return performance to Sherborne for this popular author whose latest book Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, provides a fascinating insight into some of the less well known unconventional acts that helped towards victory in the Second World War.
Ysenda Maxtone Graham: author of ‘Terms and Conditions’
2.30 pm 11 Oct 2017
Ysenda Maxtone Graham – author of Terms and Conditions, a hugely popular account of life in girls’ boarding schools between the years of 1939 and 1979. Ysenda is a well-known writer, reviewer and columnist for the Spectator magazine.
Sir Jeremy Greenstock: diplomat and author of ‘Iraq – the Cost of War’
7 pm 11 Oct 2017
11 am 12 Oct 2017
Rory MacLean is a renowned, locally-based, travel writer whose latest book In North Korea: Lives and Lies in the State of Truth could not be more topical. Rory, once again, has teamed up with award-winning photographer Nick Danziger and together they have chronicled something of the lives of those who live under this extraordinary regime.
Who are the North Koreans? Who are the individuals whose active support – or cowed obedience – enables the regime to thrive? What do they think and feel? And to what ends will they go to change the world? Questions they have asked of a variety of Koreans.
This is a change in the original programme as it was felt that, with the imminent publication of this new book, the subject was just too topical to ignore.
Jonathan Aitken, author, broadcaster and campaigner for prison reform
14.30 pm 12 Oct 2017
Rory Stewart, author, soldier, diplomat, journalist and MP
7 pm 12 Oct 2017
11 am 13 Oct 2017
2.30 pm 13 Oct 2017
6.00 pm 13 Oct 2017 at Sherborne School for Girls
8 pm 13 Oct 2017
His book has now been been published in 6 languages and 7 different countries with 10 editions. The few people who were lucky enough to hear him speak at the Cheap Street Church last year will provide ample plaudits to encourage you to hear him on this second visit to Sherborne.
Ben Freeth, Zimbabwe farmer and author of ‘Mugabe and the White African’
2.30 pm 14 Oct 2017
Through the Mike Campbell Foundation, Ben’s main focus is on restoring justice, the rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe. A committed Christian, Ben assists dispossessed and destitute farmers and farm workers. He works closely with Foundations for Farming in Zimbabwe, a Christian organisation, to provide training in conservation, agriculture and to teach impoverished farm workers and others how to feed their families.
Natalie Haynes, classicist, broadcaster, former stand-up comedian and author of ‘The Children of Jocasta’
7 pm 14 Oct 2017
She has written and presented two series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience.
Her latest book, The Children of Jocasta, is a stunning reimagining of the Oedipus and Antigone stories told from the perspectives of the women the myths overlooked; retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.
Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe – poetry and music
7 pm 15 Oct 2017
Many will remember Roger when he was in the Scaffold and there will be a certain reminder of those days during this highly entertaining event.
Sherborne Literary Festival would like to thank it’s main sponsor, Rolfe East for their kind support.