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Book Lovers Set to Enjoy Lavenham Literary Festival

Now in its fifth year, Lavenham Festival boasts another impressive line-up, including the return of firm favourites Tracy Borman, Clare Mulley and Tracy Chevalier - all with newly released books - as well as many other top authors appearing at Lavenham for the first time.

Now in its fifth year, Lavenham Festival boasts another impressive line-up, including the return of firm favourites Tracy Borman, Clare Mulley and Tracy Chevalier - all with newly released books - as well as many other top authors appearing at Lavenham for the first time. 

Lavenham Literary Festival (17-19 November) kicks off with best-selling author and journalist Simon Barnes as guest speaker at the Festival Dinner

Simon’s books on birds, nature and sport have been read by millions – and taken him all over the world. His best-selling books and novels, including How to be Wild, Horsesweat and Tears and The Meaning of Sport were written while also chief sports reporter for The Times.

He will be guest speaker at the Festival Dinner held at The Swan Lavenham on Friday 17 November.

Now in its fifth year, Lavenham Festival boasts another impressive line-up, including the return of firm favourites Tracy Borman, Clare Mulley and Tracy Chevalier - all with newly released books - as well as many other top authors appearing at Lavenham for the first time.

Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme is well represented with the popular JP Devlin introducing bestselling author Erica James and author the Reverend Richard Coles, who more than a quarter of a century ago was the instrumentalist half of pop band The Communards, together with Jimmy Somerville, speaking in Sunday’s concluding session.

The programme also includes a panel of Churchill biographers, led by Andrew Lownie; Charles Abel-Smith (From Eton to Ypres); Daisy Hay (Mr & Mrs Disraeli); Sophie Hannah along with her author- mother, Adele Geras; and Greg Votolato (The Golden Age of Ocean Liners).

As well as a great programme of speakers, the festival will also host a Creative Writing Course with Bridget Holding of Wild Words.

Tickets for speaker sessions are now on sale, and are sold only through the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.