We are thrilled to launch the full programme for Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014.

Tickets will be available from 28th July (21st July for Festival Friends).

Thursday 18 September 2014

Paddy Ashdown, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Paddy Ashdown
The Cruel Victory: The French Resistance and the Battle For The Vercors 1944
2pm | 18 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: £7.50

Paddy Ashdown served as a Commando Officer in the Royal Marines and an Intelligence Officer for the UK security services before becoming a diplomat in the Foreign Office. He was leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999 and now sits in the House of Lords. A bestselling author, his books include A Fortunate Life, The Ashdown Diaries, Swords and Ploughshares and A Brilliant Little Operation, winner of the British Army Military Prize in 2013.

Paddy’s new book The Cruel Victory: The French Resistance and the Battle For The Vercors 1944 is a fascinating account of the largest partisan battle of World War II. Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, it tells the long-neglected D-Day story of the French resistance and the many Maquisard fighters who bravely battled the German occupiers to gain a voice in their country’s future.

Lord Ashdown will be introduced by Bill McDermott.

Charles Spencer, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Charles Spencer
The Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
4pm | 18 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: £7.50

Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and studied Modern History at Oxford. He was a reporter on NBC’s Today Show from 1986 to 1995 and is the author of 5 books including Impressions of Althorp: Thoughts on My Spencer Heritage, Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier and Blenheim Castle: Battle for Europe. The last was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards and became a Sunday Times bestseller.

Charles’s forthcoming book The Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I is another compelling account of a dark period in British history. Spanning 1648-1650, it charts the fall and execution of Charles I and the story of the 59 regicides who plotted and signed his death warrant. Narrated in an engaging and vivid style, it’s a powerful tale of rebellion and restoration, pride and monarchy, revenge and retribution.

Lord Spencer will be introduced by Festival chairman Christopher Briscoe.

Mark Watson, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Mark Watson
Hotel Alpha
6pm | 18 Sept 2014 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50

Mark Watson is an acclaimed author and stand-up comedian who appears regularly on the television shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week. His highly original live shows have developed a loyal following and he will be celebrating his tenth anniversary on stage this autumn. A passionate storyteller, he’s also the author of four novels including Eleven and The Knot.

Mark’s latest novel Hotel Alpha is a funny and bittersweet account of a charismatic hotel owner, his blind adopted son and his loyal concierge. Described as ‘Great Gatsby for the internet age’ by Mark himself, it explores the rise and fall of dream empires, secrets and delusions and the role of the web and accelerated culture in modern life. An ambitious project, Hotel Alpha will be accompanied by a website featuring micro stories and different endings.

Kate Mosse, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Kate Mosse
The Taxidermist’s Daughter
8pm | 18 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: £7.50

Kate Mosse is the author of six historical novels, three plays and a recent collection of short stories The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales. A passionate advocate for other writers, Kate is also the Co-Founder of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her Languedoc Trilogy – Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel – was inspired by the landscape, history and legends of the medieval city of Carcassonne. An international bestseller, the trilogy has been translated into 38 languages and was described by the Observer as ‘a deeply satisfying literary adventure, brimming with all the romance, treachery and cliffhangers you would expect.’

Set in her native Sussex, Kate’s forthcoming novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter is a captivating and atmospheric Gothic thriller set in 1912. Drawing on the landscape of her childhood and memorable visits to Walter Potter’s Museum of Curious Taxidermy, it weaves her distinct sense of time and place with superb gothic tension, wonderful characters and magical storytelling.

Kate will be in conversation with author and literary critic Erica Wagner.

Friday 19 September 2014

Claudia Renton, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Claudia Renton
Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters At The Heartland of Power
10am | 19 Sept 2014 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50

Claudia Renton gained a First at Oxford and was awarded the Gibbs Book Prize for Modern History. She was identified as one of the Guardian’s ‘new history girls’ and is the co-author of Heroes with Simon Sebag Montefiore. A former actress, she has appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Based on extensive research and correspondence, her biography Those Wild Wyndhams is a rich and compelling portrait of Mary, Madeleine and Pamela Wyndham. The subjects of John Singer Sargent’s landmark 1899 painting, the Wyndhams were born into the wealthy aristocracy. Their parents were intimate friends with the Pre-Raphaelites and the sisters themselves were at the centre of cultural and political life in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Combining social and historical insights with a novelist’s flair, Claudia’s biography charts the Wyndham’s secrets and scandals, their personal triumphs and heartbreaking tragedies.

Claudia will be in conversation with author and Observer writer Rachel Cooke.

Louise Doughty, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Louise Doughty
Apple Tree Yard
12pm | 19 Sept 2014 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50

Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels including Whatever You Love, Stone Cradle and Crazy Paving. A courageous writer, she creates compelling narratives with strong characters that are often at a moral and emotional crossroads in their lives. The Observer called Whatever You Love ‘a brilliant and brutal novel that continues to unsettle long after the final page has been turned,’ whilst Hilary Mantel suggests ‘Louise Doughty, more sure footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory.’

Louise’s latest novel Apple Tree Yard is both a chilling courtroom drama and a brilliant psychological thriller about choice, double standards, deceit and consequences. Told in a series of flashbacks, it features a high-flying geneticist who meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and impulsively begins a passionate affair that puts her marriage, her future and freedom at risk.

Louise will be in conversation with Helen Taylor.

Daljit Nagra, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Daljit Nagra
The Retold Ramayana
10.30am | 19 Sept 2014 | St Peter's High School, Exeter | Tickets: £7.50

When poet Daljit Nagra was a little boy, his grannies told him stories of Rama’s quest to rescue his wife Sita from abduction by Raavana, Lord of the Underworld. These stories – The Ramayana – have enchanted Eastern audiences for centuries. Now Daljit has reinterpreted them for a modern, multi-cultural, multi-faith audience with his brilliant show, The Retold Ramayana. Presented by Jaybird Live Literature, Nagra’s one-man performance will include wild monkey battles, tender technicolour love scenes, brilliant animations and a Bollywood pantomime fizz.

One of Britain’s most exciting poets, Daljit is also a captivating performer known for his vibrant verse and energetic delivery. His debut collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the 2007 Forward Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize. His second book, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!!, was an equally comic and hard-hitting collection written in his own inimitable, linguistic bhaji. His latest book, Ramayana, was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

N.B: This is a schools only event for pupils aged 11 years and upwards.

Jessie Burton, Naomi Woods, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

New Voices: Jessie Burton & Naomi Wood
The Miniaturist & Mrs. Hemingway
2.30pm | 19 Sept 2014 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50

Erica Wagner introduces two aspiring and ambitious new voices.

Jessie Burton studied at Oxford and now divides her time between writing and acting. She was selected as one of the Observer’s debut authors of 2014 and SJ Watson described her wonderful debut The Miniaturist as ‘haunting, magical and full of surprises.’ Set in Amsterdam in 1868, it’s a magnificent story of two women’s different quests for freedom in a repressive society. It’s also a sophisticated tale of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution.

Naomi Wood studied at Cambridge and UEA. Her extraordinary debut The Godless Boys was recently optioned for film and she spent 2012 as the British Library’s Writer in Residence. She visited Chicago, Key West, Cuba, Antibes and Paris as research for her second novel Mrs. Hemingway. Beautifully written, it chronicles the lives of the four dazzling women who met and fell hopelessly in love with the great American writer Ernest Hemingway. The Daily Telegraph called Mrs. Hemingway ‘a wonderful book; carefully written, richly imagined and emotionally wise’ whilst Marie Claire described it as ‘luminous and intoxicating.’

John Lanchester, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

John Lanchester
How To Speak Money
4.30pm | 19 Sept 2014 | The Public Hall | Tickets: £7.50

John Lanchester is a British author and journalist who was born in Hamburg and brought up in Hong Kong. He writes extensively about literature and technology and is a regular contributor to Esquire, the Daily Telegraph and London Review of Books. His novels include Capital, Mr Phillips and The Debt to Pleasure. His non-fiction book Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay was a Sunday Times bestseller.

John’s forthcoming book How To Speak Money is a funny, entertaining and crystal clear guide to the language of money. Written with his characteristic wit and candour, it penetrates the jargon of the economic elite and explains hundreds of common economic terms from GDP and IMF to hedge funds, high frequency trading and amortisation. It argues that we need to learn to speak money to stop ourselves being fooled and misled by those who write the financial rules for themselves.

John will be introduced by Charles Ward.

Fay Weldon, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Fay Weldon
Love & Inheritance: The New Countess
4.30pm | 19 Sept 2014 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50

Fay Weldon is a prolific novelist, playwright and screenwriter who has written over 30 novels, 5 collections of short stories and a memoir. One of the most popular writers of her generation, she chronicles the turbulence and drama of her characters’ lives with a trademark wit, sharp psychological insights and many narrative twists and turns. Her television credits include the pilot of Upstairs, Downstairs and her books include Wicked Women, Growing Rich and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. She was awarded a CBE for services to literature in 2001.

Essential reading for Downton Abbey fans, Fay’s Love & Inheritance trilogy brings an aristocratic Edwardian household to life in a witty tale of manners and morals, commoners and Countesses. Set between 1899 and 1906, it focuses on the colourful Dilberne family as they embrace not only a new century, but a new generation with somewhat radical views.

Fay will be in conversation with Helen Taylor.

Judith Mackrell, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Judith Mackrell
Flappers: Six Women of A Dangerous Generation
7.30pm | 19 Sept 2014 | The Public Hall | Tickets: £12.50

Judith Mackrell is a dance critic for the Guardian. She broadcasts regularly for television and radio and is the co-author of The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Her biography of Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova, Bloomsbury Ballerina, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award.

Judith’s latest book Flappers: Six Women of A Dangerous Generation is a colourful and compelling account of six women who between them exemplified the range and daring of the Flapper generation. Brilliantly narrated with real insight into each character, she illustrates how dancer Josephine Baker, actress Tallulah Bankhead, author Zelda Fitzgerald, artist Tamara de Lempicka, actress Diana Cooper and poet and heiress Nancy Cunard reinvented themselves with ambition and audacity. Each of them experienced their fair share of heartache, hardship, loneliness and scandal but they also gained a wealth of good friends, lovers, independence, glamour and a legacy for being amongst the icons and heroines of their age.

Judith will be in conversation with author and Observer writer Rachel Cooke.

NB. Admission will include a complimentary drink and canapes.

Saturday 20 September 2014

Louise Doughty, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Louise Doughty
Workshop: Turning Your Life into Fiction
10am | 20 Sept 2014 | The Playhouse | Tickets: £10.00

Louise Doughty is a successful author, cultural commentator and broadcaster. She has written six novels, numerous short stories and plays for BBC Radio 4. Her non-fiction title, A Novel In A Year, is based on her newspaper column of the same name and drew tens of thousands of responses worldwide. A highly experienced tutor, Louise teaches creative writing at the Arvon Foundation, the UEA-Guardian Masterclasses and the Faber Academy. She’s also been a judge for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and has given lectures and workshops all over the world including Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India and Australia.

This intimate workshop will focus on Turning Your Life Into Fiction: How to use autobiographical material in your stories and novels.

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre
Cakes in Space
10am | 20 Sept 2014 | The Public Hall | Tickets: £4.00

Beware the Battenberg! Fear the Fairycake! Shun the Choux bun! Join Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre on a wonderful and hugely entertaining adventure through space. Will Astra and her robot Pilbeam make it to Nova Mundi or will their spaceship be stopped by the Poglites? You’ll have to join them to find out!

Philip and Sarah are the creative team behind the brilliant Oliver and The Seawigs. Philip is based in Devon and the author of the award-winning Mortal Engines and Here Lies Arthur. Sarah is a British-American illustrator who has collaborated on various books including You Can’t Eat a Princess and Morris the Mankiest Monster. Together they create fantastic adventure stories bursting with eccentric characters and quirky humour. This event is for children aged 7 – 12 years.

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Xiaolu Guo
I Am China
10am | 20 Sept 2014 | The Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50

Xiaolu Guo is a critically acclaimed author and film-maker who has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Born in China, she has lived in London for the past decade and in 2013 was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Her books include Village of Stone, UFO in her Eyes, Lovers in the Age of Indifference and A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers. Amy Tan called Xiaolu’s writing ‘original, humorous and wise’ whilst the Irish Times championed her as ‘A writer to read, a writer who makes every word count.’

Xiaolu’s latest novel I Am China is a bold and multi-layered portrait of East meets West. Set in London, Dover and Beijing, it tells the story of a translator who uncovers a tale of two lovers separated by distance and political intervention. Beautifully crafted, it touches on home and exile, freedom and displacement and the differences between contemporary Britain and China.

Xiaolu will be in conversation with Carol Ackroyd.

James Lovelock, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

James Lovelock
A Rough Ride to the Future
12pm | 20 Sept 2014 | The Public Hall | Tickets: £7.50

James Lovelock is a highly respected scientist, inventor and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now known as the Gaia Theory). He has written over 200 papers and many books including Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth and The Vanishing Face of Gaia. His theory has been hugely influential and profoundly shaped how environmental scientists view issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. In 2006 he received the Wollaston Medal, the highest award of the Geological Society.

James’s latest book A Rough Ride to The Future reflects on his remarkable life as a scientist and introduces two new Lovelockian ideas. The first focuses on ‘accelerated evolution’ and the second idea, that humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating Earth system whose discovery James first postulated nearly 50 years ago.

James will be in conversation with prolific science writer and astro physicist John Gribbin.

Kate Atkinson, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Kate Atkinson
Life after Life
2.30pm | 20 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: £7.50

Kate Atkinson is a critically acclaimed and hugely popular author based in Edinburgh. Her debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum won the Whitbread Book of the Year and her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories. Penelope Fitzgerald called her writing ‘brilliant and engrossing’ whilst the Evening Standard suggested ‘Atkinson can knock the socks off any rival in terms of skill and style.’

Kate’s latest novel Life after Life won the Costa Novel Award 2013 and received widespread praise from critics, book lovers and her contemporaries. An original and inventive novel about life, death, history, identity, self-invention and humanity, it takes the reader on an engaging journey back and forth through the turbulent events of the last century. The New York Times called it ‘exceptionally captivating’ whilst Hilary Mantel suggested ‘Atkinson’s new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader’s imagination on the first page and never lets go.’

Kate will be in conversation with author and Observer writer Rachel Cooke.

Michael Morpurgo, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Michael Morpurgo
Only Remembered & Listen to the Moon
4.30pm | 20 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: Adults £10.00; Children £5.00

A festival favourite, Michael Murpurgo is the former Children’s Laureate and the author of over 130 books for children and adults including Private Peaceful, The Butterfly Lion, Farm Boy and Kensuke’s Kingdom. His bestseller War Horse was adapted into a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre in 2007 and continues to tour internationally. It has also been made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. Michael’s stories have been translated into many languages and he enjoys travelling all over the UK and abroad, telling his stories and encouraging children to tell theirs.

This family friendly event offers adults and children aged 8 years and above the chance to hear Michael talk about his experiences of writing about the First World War with his collection Only Remembered. He will also be talking about his forthcoming novel, Listen to the Moon, which is about submarines and islands and the sinking of The Lusitania.

Michael will be introduced by Madeleine Birch.

Hilary Mantel, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Hilary Mantel & Mike Poulton
From Page to Stage: Adapting Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies
8pm | 20 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: £10.00

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction twice. Her hugely successful novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies chart the rise of Thomas Cromwell with wit, imagination and encyclopedic knowledge of the Tudors. Mike Poulton’s adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies have played to sell out houses at the RSC in Stratford and the Aldwych Theatre in London. They have been praised for their ‘masterly narrative compression’ and described as ‘history made manifest.’ The Times described the plays as ‘Gripping yet darkly funny… a bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics.’

How did Mike and Hilary manage to bring Cromwell, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII to life? What were the challenges they faced and how did they did overcome them? Mike and Hilary will talk to Erica Wagner about the nine drafts, the late nights, the moments of exhilaration and despair; about how he has drawn together a private vision, and the public’s appetite, to create a theatrical tour de force.

Hilary & Mike will be in conversation with author and literary critic Erica Wagner.

Sunday 21 September 2014

Linda Grant, Sadie Jones, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Linda Grant & Sadie Jones
Upstairs at the Party & Fallout
10am | 21 Sept 2014 | The Public Hall | Tickets: £7.50

Linda Grant and Sadie Jones are two critically acclaimed authors who offer savvy observations and intricate insights into class, drama, relationships, identity and the human heart.

Linda Grant’s debut The Cast Iron Shore won the David Higham First Novel Award and her novel, When I Lived in Modern Times, won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her other books include The Clothes on Their Back, Sexing the Millennium and The People on the Street. The Times suggested her last novel, We Had It So Good, was close to the perfect novel whilst The Observer commented ‘Like the best novels, it makes you examine your own moral compass alongside that of its characters.’ Linda’s new novel, Upstairs at the Party, is a wonderful and quietly powerful story about hidden histories and the moments that shape our life.

Sadie Jones’s debut The Outcast won the Costa First Novel Award and was recently adapted into a primetime, two-part drama for BBC television. Her other novels include Small Wars and The Uninvited Guests. Ann Patchett suggested the latter was ‘so well written, so intricately plotted, that every page delivers some new astonishment’ whilst The Times have stated ‘Jones’s research is impeccable and her emotional intelligence outstanding.’ Sadie’s new novel, Fallout, tells the story of four young friends trying to forge their way in the brittle world of 1970s theatre, fuelled by ambition, love and betrayal.

Linda and Sadie will be in conversation with Carol Ackroyd.

Kate Adie, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Kate Adie
Fighting on The Home Front
1.30pm | 21 Sept 2014 | The Public Hall | Tickets: £7.50

One of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, Kate Adie became the BBC’s chief news correspondent in the late eighties and has reported from war zones around the world. She was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has won numerous awards for broadcasting including the Richard Dimbley Award from BAFTA. Her autobiography The Kindness of Strangers documented her experience of being on the frontline of conflicts and disasters from Bosnia and Sierra Leone to the Middle East. Her other bestselling books include Corsets to Camouflage, Into Danger and Nobody’s Child.

Kate’s latest book Fighting on The Home Front examines the legacy of women in World War I. Informed by first-hand research, it sheds new light on the era, showing how women’s strengths and abilities were counted on as never before. Far from just entertaining the troops and bringing up families, it shows how women were employed doing everything from driving trams and delivering post to making gunpowder.

Kate will be introduced by Mike Newby.

Hilary Mantel, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2014

Hilary Mantel
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
3.30pm | 21 Sept 2014 | St Peter's Church | Tickets: £7.50

Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished, acclaimed and garlanded writers. She’s also one of our most extraordinary storytellers, transporting readers to different times, locations and periods in history with her brilliant novels. Her many award-winning books include Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, Beyond Black, A Place of Greater Safety, Fludd and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost.

Hilary’s forthcoming book The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a bold, brilliant and transgressive collection of short stories. The title story features a little known episode from the life of the Iron Lady whilst the remaining stories have a variety of contemporary settings at home and abroad. Laced with astute observations, defining characterisations and rich language, they reveal an immensely talented writer at the peak of her powers.

Hilary will be in conversation with Carol Ackroyd.