Festival Programme

2017 Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival Programme

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THURSDAY 8th JUNE 2pm: TIM SMIT

The dauntless creator of the Eden Project and discoverer of the Lost Gardens of Heligan will talk about gambling against long odds and bringing jobs and optimism to Cornwall.


THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 3pm: JOHN GRINDROD

An enlightening talk on the vision for our green belts and the story of life growing up on the outskirts.


THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 4pm: CHRISTOPHER SIMON SYKES

Sought after for his quintessentially English eye and beautiful images of romantic places, photographer Christopher will also talk about his experiences on tour with The Rolling Stones and his new venture to capture the faces of The Potteries.


THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 6pm: LOYD GROSSMAN

Broadcaster, writer, programme developer and champion of arts and heritage, Loyd discusses “what’s the use of heritage in a post-truth world?”


THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 7pm: POETRY PANEL – OUT OF STAFFORDSHIRE

A panel of poets, including the county laureates, who will read and discuss their work, chaired by John Prebble of The Poetry Exchange.


THURSDAY 8TH JUNE 8pm: ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG  SOLD OUT

An ‘in conversation’ special with the erudite comedian, star of TV drama, singer and presenter of cult quiz show Pointless.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 12pm: PAULA BYRNE

The acclaimed biographer discusses her in-depth explorations of Jane Austen, Dido Belle and Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 1pm: POETRY WITH LIZ BERRY & MARK HUBAND

Join award winning poets to hear readings from their personal collections with John Prebble from the Poetry Exchange


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2pm: JULIAN GLOVER

Join the best selling biographer of the grandfather of the Industrial Revolution; Man of Iron – Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 3pm: BENNETT OF THE FIVE TOWNS   SOLD OUT

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Stoke-on-Trent’s most famous literary son with Ray Johnson as Arnold Bennett himself.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 4pm: JONATHAN BATE

The world renowned literary scholar examines Shakespeare’s legacy – The Bard and His Afterlife from the Romantics to Ted Hughes.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 5pm: ISABEL & JULIAN BANNERMAN

In conversation with Emma Bridgewater, Isabel and Julian will discuss their approach to design, that is rooted in history and the classical tradition, but is fresh, eclectic and surprising.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 6pm: ED BALLS in conversation with ANNE ROBINSON   SOLD OUT

Ed’s life in politics and a future beyond Westminster, plus the glitter ball Strictly Come Dancing experience, will all be examined in a lively conversation under the forensic eye of the former Fleet Street editor.


FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 8pm: CLOVER STROUD

The respected journalist talks about her journey far and wild in search for somewhere new to call home following her mother’s  catastrophic accident.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 10.30am to 11.45am: SCOOP MAGAZINE MAKING WORKSHOP YOUNG READER EVENT

Hands-on, practical session for 8-12 year olds creating articles, comic strip and more.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 11am: JUST SOPH STORIES YOUNG READER EVENT

Fun, theatrical storytelling of the classic tales. Ideal for 4-7 year olds and their families.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 12pm: HORRID HENRY YOUNG READER EVENT

A peek behind the scenes with the team from TV programme team with top tips for writing, performing and how to be horrid!


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 1pm: SUSAN MOORE YOUNG READER EVENT

Meet the author of the exciting Nat Walker series; brilliant stories ideal for young gamers who love an adventure (8 to 12yrs).


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 2pm: CHARLOTTE GREEN

Join the former voice of Radio 4 for stories from her warm and entertaining autobiography.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 3pm: BENNETT OF THE FIVE TOWNS   SOLD OUT

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Stoke-on-Trent’s most famous literary son with Ray Johnson as Arnold Bennett himself.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 4pm: BEE WILSON

Described as ‘the ultimate food scholar’ Bee explores the psychology of our eating habits and what it would really take to change them for the better.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 6pm: MICHAEL CRICK

One of Britain’s most formidable investigative journalists discuss a new era of politics and his experiences as a biographer of political and sporting greats.


SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 8m: DEBBIE HORSFIELD ON POLDARK

The award winning dramatist discusses her sensational adaptation of Poldark for the BBC and her many other TV screen writing successes.

Events take place in the Meakin Room and the Eastwood Room at the Emma Bridgewater Factory. All tickets are priced at £6 per person unless otherwise stated.

Tickets available to buy online, over the phone tel: 01782 381381 or in person via our marketing and Box Office partner the New Vic Theatre .

 

 

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