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Rewriting history at Knutsford Literature Festival
6:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A HOST of top writers are set to grace Knutsford Literature Festival when it returns for its 14th year on October 5.
Sir Roy Strong, Paula Byrne and Simon Heffer are among the literary treats as the festival spans poetry, history, fiction and more between Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 20.
Byrne brings Jane Austen dazzlingly into the 21st century, opening the festival at the Methodist Church, Princess Street on October 5 at 2.30pm.
The best-selling author and biographer explodes the myth of Jane Austen as a retiring, provincial spinster.
‘The Real Jane Austen’ was an altogether more modern, lively, strong-minded woman with unexpected social connections, a taste for fashion, a savvy business woman and something of a celebrity.
Tickets, redeemable against the featured hardback, are £5 and include the opportunity of a book singing.
At the same venue on Friday 18 at 8pm, Heffer will give a finely nuanced insight into the making of an extraordinary period populated by extraordinary people with ‘High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain’.
A journalist of 25 years and biographer of Thomas Carlyle, Enoch Powell and Vaughan Williams, Heffer ‘s new book looks to explore the transformation and radical changes taking place in England during the 1880s.
Not only industrialisation, but new attitudes to learning, politics, religion and society meant the nation enjoyed a powerhouse of change.
Writers, thinkers, politicians, philanthropists and social activists such as Gladstone, Disraeli, Carlyle and Kingsley were re-making the country, its institutions and mindset.
Tickets cost £5, a book singing and refreshments are available on the evening.
At the Methodist Church on Saturday 19 at 2.30pm, writer, historian, broadcaster, diarist and gardener Sir Roy talks about his early life and work with art lecturer Nirvana Romell.
Against the vibrant background of the heady Swinging Sixties, Sir Roy recounts how, as a relatively unknown, bespectacled young man from a dysfunctional lower-middle class family, he became the youngest ever director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Tickets are essential and cost £10.
Other must sees include ‘O My America! Second Acts in a New World’ with Sara Wheeler on Saturday, October 12, ‘The Little Wonder – The Remarkable History of Wisden’ on Friday 11, where Robert Winder celebrates the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and ‘A Literary Lunch with Daisy Waugh’ at Mere Golf Resort and Spa on Monday 7.
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