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Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

Simon Brett: Tickled to Death

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Friday 21 Feb 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 14th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Simon Brett: Tickled to Death


Friday, 21st February, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets:  £8 general / £6 concessions

Early bird £1 off discount till 14th February 2020


Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. Two new Fethering novels have been published this year: The Liar in the Library and The Killer in the Choir.


His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine.


Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Paris in the Radio 4 adaptations of his books.


In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.


‘A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans’ P. D. James


We are thrilled to be hosting another visit to Oundle by Simon, who will be talking about his life and work.



David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

David Starkey: Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco ...

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Saturday 29 Feb 20207:00pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


David Starkey

Boris Johnson: Churchill, Charles II or Coco the Clown?


Saturday, 29th February


7:00pm - 8:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets:

£16 general / £14 concession


Join us for an intriguing and entertaining talk with David Starkey a brilliant, engaging, and often controversial speaker and arguably one of the country’s most respected and colourful historians.


Who is our most unexpected prime minister? Is Boris Johnson Churchill reborn, as he seems to believe? Is he another Charles II, caught between the irreconcilable factions of Remainers and Brexiteers, and destined to betray both? Or is he just plain old Coco the Clown, as his previous buffoonish behaviour led almost everyone to think?


In this lecture David Starkey blends his knowledge of history and current politics into a sparkling, (and very strong), cocktail.


David Starkey is a Cambridge educated grammar schoolboy who became a respected LSE lecturer. He was a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, a controversial contributor to Question Time, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series.


In 1984 David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1994 a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He was also given an Honorary Fellowship at his Cambridge College, Fitzwilliam College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 Birthday Honours for services to history.




Monica M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

Monica M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

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Saturday 7 Mar 20202:30pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 28th Feb)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Monica M Vaughan, Tips for Young Writers


Satuday, 7th March at 2:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle School

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: General £6

Early bird £1 off till 28th February


Whether you dream about being a bestselling author one day, or just want some tips to help with your schoolwork, Monica M. Vaughan will be here to help! In a presentation packed with handy tricks, tips and writing secrets, Monica will be sharing everything she wished she'd known when she first started writing.

Monica’s latest book, Slick, is a standalone novel about the friendship between a boy and an android and about what it means to be human.

It has been shortlisted for Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award 2020, longlisted for the 2020 UKLA Book Award, and longlisted for Bookbuzz 2020.


“Funny, smart, and full of positive messages.” School Library Journal


Monica writes science fiction books for children and is passionate about writing and reading, and about fuelling that passion in children. Her love of technology, gaming and coding feature heavily in her books and she is especially keen to encourage reluctant readers to engage with literature. She has fifteen years’ experience in teaching (mostly with children with emotional & behavioural difficulties) and is a confident and engaging speaker.

Suitable for children 7 – 12 years old and their adults!


Adrian Lukis, Being Mr Wickham

Adrian Lukis, Being Mr Wickham

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Saturday 14 Mar 20207:00pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Adrian Lukis


Being Mr Wickham


Saturday, 14th March at 7pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, Oundle, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £13/£11




Written off as a rake and reviled as a rogue, join George Wickham on the eve of his sixtieth birthday to discover his version of some very famous literary events. From childhood games at Pemberley to a run-in with Lord Byron via marriage, Lydia, and just a little bit of matchmaking for Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, Mr Wickham is ready to set the record straight. This brand-new production by Catherine Curzon sees Adrian Lukis return to his celebrated role as George Wickham, Jane Austen’s most quintessential trouble-maker.


Adrian trained at Hull University and Drama Studio, London. He has appeared in numerous productions, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and most recently in The Price at London’s Wyndhams Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award. He was also nominated for best actor by the Off West End awards for his role in ‘I’m gonna pray for you so hard’. Among many television and film appearances, he has recently appeared in Collateral, Judy, Toast of London, Us and will shortly be seen in Spy City, by William Boyd. He still perhaps best known for his long-standing roles in Peak Practice and as Wickham in Pride and Prejudice.



Helen Taylor, Women Who Read Fiction

Helen Taylor, Women Who Read Fiction

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Wednesday 25 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 18/03)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Helen Taylor


Why Women Read Fiction


Wednesday, 25th March at 7:30pm


The Oundle Suite, Fletton House

Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Tickets: £8/£6




In a fascinating new book, Helen Taylor, teacher, scholar of women’s writing, and literary festival director, examines just how precious fiction is to contemporary British women readers and offers candid insights into the challenges female writers often face, including publishers’ expectations and critics’ assumptions.


Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Female readers are key to the future of fiction and―as parents, teachers, and librarians―the glue for a literate society.

This book draws on over 500 interviews with and questionnaires from women readers and writers. It describes how, where, and when British women read fiction, and examines why stories and writers influence the way female readers understand and shape their own life stories.Taylor offers a cornucopia of witty and wise women's voices, of both readers themselves and also writers such as Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant.


Helen Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, Honorary Fellow of the British Association of American Studies, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 2016-18. She is author of several books.


Please consider your own favourite book from childhood, or a book that means a great deal to you for whatever reason and come with a williness to share your thoughts.



Francis Pryor - The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.

Francis Pryor - The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.

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Friday 24 Apr 20207:45pm Book Now (Early bird till 17th April)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Francis Pryor - The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.


Friday, 24th April at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £10/£8


Early bird £1 off by 17th April 2020



Francis Pryor has lived in, excavated, farmed, walked – and loved – the Fen Country for more than forty years: its levels and drains, its soaring churches, its magnificent medieval buildings. The Fens is personal story of the authors’ discovery, as both an archaeologist and farmer, of this distinctive, complex, enduring, man-made and little understood landscape.


Francis also looks to the future of the Fens. Combing beautiful prose with nature writing, history and memoir, he investigates how rising seas might affect this flat expanse, whose land often falls below sea-level.


Francis Pryor is one of Britain’s most distinguished living archaeologists, and the excavator of Flag Fen.  He was awarded an MBE 'for services to tourism' in 1999. His popular account of this remarkable site, Flag Fen: life and death of a prehistoric landscape, was revised for a second edition in 2005.


He was President of the Council for British Archaeology from 1998-2005 and has written and presented series for Channel 4 on Britain BC, Britain AD and The Real Dad's Army, a review of archaeological remains surviving from 1940 and has regularly appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team. He is a keen farmer, and lives on a smallholding in the Fenland with his wife.


Francis Pryor brings the magic of the Fens to life in a deeply personal and utterly enthralling way.’ Tony Robinson