THURSDAY 26 APRIL
20:00 – 21:00 | £12
TERRY WAITE CBE
Humanitarian, Terry Waite, who endured 1,763 days in captivity, discusses his book Solitude: Memories, People, Places, a haunting collection that explores the concept and power of solitude.
FRIDAY 27 APRIL
20:00 – 21:00 | £12
Lionel Shriver’s first collection of short stories explores the meaning of property. This astonishing and insightful work builds on her international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin.
SATURDAY 28 APRIL
10:00 – 11:00 | £5 suitable for all ages 7+
WRITE A FESTIVAL SONG
Author, poet and musician John Dougherty will be sharing a song or two then it’s time for you to join in and help him write a verse and chorus to perform together. For ALL the family!
12:00 – 13:00 | £12
RICHARD OSMAN’S MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK BILLINGHAM
TV personality and comedian Richard Osman and Mark Billingham have selected four books as they battle out their World Cup of Books. Funny, quick-witted commentary guaranteed!
14:00 – 15:00 | £12
THE SEABIRD’S CRY
Fusing traditional knowledge with modern science, prize-winning nature writer Adam Nicolson travels the seas with puffins, gannets and others. In conversation with nature writer Tim Dee.
16:00 – 17:00 | £12
As a heart surgeon, Professor Stephen Westaby walked the delicate balance between life and death. Fragile Lives is his important, powerful and incredibly moving memoir.
18:00 – 19:00 | £12 or £7.50 for under 26s
UNSEEN: MY JOURNEY
Reggie Yates takes us behind the scenes on his fearless filmmaking, covering everything from refugees and gun crime – and his incredible journey from TV host to documentary storyteller.
SUNDAY 29 APRIL
11:00 – 12:00 | £12
I AM DISTRACTED BY EVERYTHING
Liza’s ‘annual for grown-ups’ prompts conversation about peculiarities and quandaries of modern life. We’re in for some fabulous fun in the company of this loquacious actress and broadcaster.
13:00 – 14:00 | £12
WHAT I LEARNT
From life and love to lollipop ladies – Jeremy’s anecdotes on the wisdom phoned in by some of the seven million listeners to his BBC Radio 2 show will be a Festival highlight.
15:00 – 16:00 | £12
Journalist and ITV News political editor Robert Peston has written a deeply thought-provoking analysis of our recent political past and economic climate with characteristic detail and wit.