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Book your place at town's literature festival
THE annual Knutsford Literature Festival returns for a 14th year with an eclectic array of specialist writers, novelists and biographers.
The festival runs from Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 20 across venues in the town including Knutsford Methodist Church, Knutsford Civic Centre, Leicester Warren Hall and Mere Golf and Country Club.
The festival aims to focus above all on writers and their readers and has proved a huge success since its inception as millennium event in 2000.
Writers this year include Sir Roy Strong, Paula Byrne and Simon Heffer.
Paula is opening the festival on Saturday, October 5 at 2.30pm, with a talk on her book The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small things.
Sir Roy will be talking at Knutsford Methodist Church on Saturday 19 at 2.30pm about his book Self-Portrait as a Young Man.
Tickets cost £10 to hear Sir Roy recount how he became the youngest-ever director of the National Portrait Gallery at 31 years of age in his book Self-Portrait as a Young Man.
Heffer gives a finely nuanced insight with High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain on the eve of Sir Roy’s slot at the same venue.
The trio of bestsellers will be available for book signings, but the festival suggests tickets are essential to guarantee a place – some tickets are redeemable against featured hardbacks.
Among others, Dame Gillian Shephard assesses people’s memories of Mrs Thatcher in The Real Iron Lady, Sara Wheeler celebrates the spirit of six Victorian women who crossed the Atlantic with O My America Second Acts in a New World and Andrew Lycett details Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation.
On Friday, October 11, Robert Winder celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Wisden Almanac at the Methodist Church on Princess Street.
A 15-day celebration sees the festival feature poetry, history, fiction, biography, drama and more.
Details can be found at knutsfordlitfest.org.
Tickets can be bought from Monday, September 16, and will be available from Waterstone’s on King Street.
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