Lavenham Literary Festival

Last few days to buy your tickets!

Under two weeks to go and although some of our events are sold out, there is still a chance to book for several exciting sessions.

John Higgs is back with The Future Starts Here, a surprising, eclectic book looking to the future to make sense of who we are and where we are going.  Could humans live on Mars?  What is the future for Virtual Reality, for Artificial Intelligence, what is Nomophobia?  Come and find out.  Your brain will be sent down fascinating new avenues and the current pessimism about the future of our planet will be set on its head.  We are not as doomed as we like to think!

Where: Lavenham Village Hall Saturday 16 November 10am

There will be a stimulating poetry session with Rebecca Goss and Pauline Stainer.  These two well-known Suffolk poets will be reading from their work and interacting with the audience.  Poetry lovers – don’t miss this!

Where: Lavenham Village Hall Upper Room, Saturday 16 November 11.30am

Clare Mulley, a Lavenham favourite, is returning to talk about The Woman Who Saved the Children republished this year to mark the centenary of the charity Save The Children.  This is a fascinating story about Eglantyne Jebb, arrested for distributing humanitarian leaflets only to secure the first donation to her ‘Save the Children’ fund from the public prosecutor at her trial. 

Where: Lavenham Village Hall, Saturday 16 November 3.30pm

Please note that Andrew Lownie’s session will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday 16 November in Lavenham Village Hall.  No doubt you have come across some of the recent, huge publicity engendered by his fascinating book about Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

It has been said that Duncan Campbell remains one of the very few journalists who has retained the criminal fraternity's trust and respect.  He is engagingly clever and writes like a dream.  A veteran of crime -- and crime stories, the internationally acclaimed specialist correspondent of The Guardian newspaper for many years he has presented many documentaries on television and radio detailing the crimes and trials of the notorious, from Dr Crippen to the Yorkshire Ripper.

He’s written about all the key players, the pawns as well as the kingmakers, of the underworld but still has untold stories.

One involves the flamboyant drugs dealer Howard Marks and his unlucky visit to The Swan Hotel in Lavenham. An appropriate revelation at Duncan Campbell’s appearance at 1.30 pm on Sunday 17 November.

He will be speaking alongside award-winning BBC reporter and documentary-maker Joanna Jolly who has written Red River Girl an account of the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, an indigenous Canadian girl.  Tina's death caused an outcry across the country.   The police investigation and trial that followed sparked a widespread debate on the treatment of Indigenous women, while the movement protesting on behalf of those missing and murdered became an international news story.

Where: Lavenham Village Hall, Sunday 17 November 1.30pm.

On Sunday 17 November at 11.30am in the Village Hall Upper Room, Phoebe Morgan will be talking about How to Get Published.  This is the session for any of you who would like to learn about the publishing industry and get help to work out your path to publication.

Other speakers include Jessica Meyer, Tracy Borman, and William Clegg QC but please be aware that these sessions are almost sold out.

Many of you will know that tickets for Ian McEwan and Pam Ayres and the Creative Writing Workshop with Bridget Holding sold out very quickly.  But don’t despair!  Go to www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.c... for details of all our other wonderful sessions.

To make a booking, please go to click What’s On and type Lavenham Literary Festival in the ‘Search for an event’ box.  Click on the magnifying glass or hit your return button and our events will come up.

You can also book by phoning the Apex box office on 01284 758000 or by visiting the Apex, Bury St Edmunds, in person.

Please see the website www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.c...  for more information, email at or phone 01787 247258 if you have any queries.

Why not end your festival experience with a musical treat! 'Star of the Sea: Music from Venice and the Italian Renaissance' is being presented by Cambridge Renaissance Voices on Sunday 17 November at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.

The maritime republic of Venice played a unique role in the music of the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque.  From the songs of the gondoliere to the splendour of the sacred works sung in St Mark's basilica, music was at the heart of the city's culture.  In the glorious acoustic of Holy Trinity Long Melford, Cambridge Renaissance Voices recreate this Venetian soundworld, accompanied by the sackbuts and cornetts of I Musici della Contessa,

including music by Lassus, Gabrieli, and Monteverdi, whose Ave Maris Stella - a characteristically Venetian celebration of the Virgin Mary as 'star of the sea' - comes at the culmination of his Vespers of 1610.

Tickets £16.50 on the door, or £15 online at http://www.cambridgerenaissanc...

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