BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub with Hilary Mantel
10am | 21 Sept 2013 | Bicton College | Tickets: Free (but extremely limited)
Chair: James Naughtie
We are pleased that BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub programme will be recording an event with Hilary Mantel during this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. The event will be chaired by presenter and broadcaster James Naughtie and will have a limited capacity of just thirty readers. To be eligible for a place, you’ll need to read Bring Up The Bodies, come to the event ready with questions and be willing to speak up in the discussion.
Admission is free but ticketed and you can apply via the Radio 4 Bookclub website: www.bbc.co.uk/bookclub Alternatively, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop: Writing for Children
10am | 21 Sept 2013 | Playhouse | Tickets: £10.00
Christopher Hill is a well-renowned writer, playwright and creative writing lecturer. His first play Multiplex was performed on the Olivier stage and has received over forty productions by teenage casts in the UK and internationally. His other stage plays include Heartbreak Beautiful and Ittullkyllyooiffyoodoo. His plays for BBC Radio 4 include Killing Maestros (for which he received the Peter Tinniswood Award), Accolades, Pundits and Love Me, Liberace.
Christopher is also the author of Osbert The Avenger, a fantastically dark and funny tale of an eleven year old who wins a scholarship to the Institute – Schwartzgarten’s sinister school for gifted children. His workshop is aimed at writers, parents and grandparents who would like to pen stories for children. Drawing on his own experience, he will talk about creating believable children’s characters and developing plots to keep young readers interested and engaged.
Her Brilliant Career:
Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties
10am | 21 Sept 2013 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50
Chair: Erica Wagner
Rachel Cooke trained as a reporter on the Sunday Times and is now a lead feature writer at the Observer. She was named Interviewer of the Year at the 2006 British Press Awards and has written compelling and fearless portraits of everyone from Claire Tomalin and Gloria Steinham to Gore Vidal.
Written with her usual wit, warmth and insight, Rachel’s forthcoming book, Her Brilliant Career, tells the story of ten women whose pioneering professional lives and flexible private lives paved the way for feminism and all that followed. Alongside defence lawyer Rose Heilbron QC, there are fascinating tales about architect Alison Smithson, archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes, cook Patience Gray, editor Joan Werner Laurie, film director Muriel Box, film producer Betty Box, journalist and radio personality Nancy Spain, plantswoman Margery Fish and rally car driver and theatre owner, Sheila van Damm.
This is the fifties retold: vivid, surprising and, most of all, modern.
Rachel will discuss Her Brilliant Career with Erica Wagner, former Literary Editor of The Times. Erica has judged many literary prizes and interviewed many high profile authors including Philip Roth, Seamus Heaney and Doris Lessing.
12pm | 21 Sept 2013 | St Peter's | Tickets: £7.50
Chair: Charles Ward
One of Ireland’s greatest authors, Edna O’Brien has written over twenty works of fiction as well as plays, poetry, short stories and biographies of James Joyce and the poet, Lord Byron. Her novels include August is A Wicked Month, In The Forest, A Pagan Place and her acclaimed Trilogy, Country Girls. Her many awards include the Irish Pen Award For Literature, the American National Arts’ Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal.
Born in 1930, in what she perceived to be a repressive, suffocating and hypocritical Ireland, Edna got her first glint of an alternative point of view when she read TS Eliot’s Introducing James Joyce and Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist As A Young Man. Being married, and having fled to London in the swinging 60’s, gave her the liberty to explore women’s sexuality and emotional fulfilment, but also afforded an exile’s perspective of her beloved homeland. Her first novel, Country Girls, caused such a controversy in Ireland when it was published in 1960 that the book was banned for its explicit views of sex and Irish Catholic morality.
Now in her 80s, Edna has written a compelling memoir, Country Girl, that documents her childhood in County Clare, her adult life in London and her journey from a passionate lover of literature to one of our most lyrical observers.
Ocean of Life: How Our Seas Are Changing
12pm | 21 Sept 2013 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50
How has the chemistry of the oceans changed the last few decades? How polluted are we making them? What fish will be extinct in the future? And is there anything we can do to halt or reverse the damage already caused to our marine and coastal ecosystems? We are delighted that Professor Callum Roberts has agreed to come to our festival by the sea and talk about his excellent new book Ocean of Life: How Our Seas Are Changing.
Callum is a marine conservation biologist in the Environment Department at the University of York. A prolific author and researcher, he has advised British, U.S and Caribbean governments on the creation of marine reserves. His first book The Unnatural History of the Sea won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Prize and was named one of the Best 10 Books of the Year by The Washington Post.
‘Those of us who worry about the future of our oceans could do a lot worse than take up this single refrain, “Listen to Callum Roberts!” Shouted in the ears of the world’s leaders, it might just make a difference. Meanwhile we should all read Ocean of Life, a thrilling narrative of oceanic natural history and a vital call to action.’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
From Surfing to Fleet Street
2pm | 21 Sept 2013 | Playhouse | Tickets: £7.50
Chair: Martin Sorrell
A guest speaker at our 2010 Festival, Alex Wade will be returning to talk about his colourful journey from surfer and skateboarder to writer, journalist and media lawyer. A regular contributor to the Observer, Telegraph
and The Times, his principal interests as a writer are sport, travel, law and the environment. He is an associate lecturer at University College Falmouth, specialising in media law and professional writing. His books include Wrecking Machine: A Tale of Real Fights and White Collars, Surf Nation and Amazing Surfing Stories.
A trustee of environmental action group Surfers Against Sewage, Alex started riding the waves in his early twenties and travelled the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland as research for his surfing adventures. Praising it upon publication, The Observer suggested ‘Surf Nation celebrates the sea and those who ride it in a peculiarly British way... (A) clever counterpoint to the idea that surfing has to happen in the sun.’
Alex will discuss and read extracts from his latest work with playwright and translator, Martin Sorrell.
Flowers – Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour
2pm | 21 Sept 2013 | Public Hall | Tickets: £7.50
Chair: Bunny Sykes
Toby Buckland has appeared on Garden Magic, Home Front in the Garden, Gardeners’ World and Great Food Live. He was presented with an Environment Award by the UK Garden Media Guild for a BBC programme entitled ‘For Peat’s Sake’ which investigated the environmental impact of the domestic use of peat. It is owing to the passionate advocacy of experts like Toby that we are offered a much wider range of alternative produces in garden centres today.
Toby’s local links are strong, starting with his initial training in horticulture at Bicton College, Budleigh. He now runs a highly successful and welcoming garden centre at Powderham Castle. His books include The Garden Makeover Book, Garden Boundaries, How to Make Your Garden Grow, Practical Gardening Handbook and
Flowers: Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour.
Ed Hogan & Katie Ward talk to Hilary Mantel
4pm | 21 Sept 2013 | Temple Church | Tickets: £7.50
Chair: Hilary Mantel
Rising Stars: Hilary Mantel introduces two prize-winning young authors.
Katie Ward has made a stunning authorial debut with her novel Girl Reading. The book is composed of seven chapters focusing on the portraits of seven women reading and the artists who captured them. The first chapter begins in 14th century Siena with Simone Martini’s Annunciation, then progresses through the centuries to the futuristic last chapter. Ward adroitly weaves her storytelling into the artistic and historical context of each period. Hilary Mantel has called the work “wise, poised and utterly original”. She has recently received the Clarissa Luard Award given to talented young writers under the age of 35.
Born in Derby in 1980, Ed Hogan is a graduate of the acclaimed MA Creative Writing course at the University of East Anglia. He received a bursary through the David Higham Award which supported the writing of his first novel, Blackmoor. This won the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut writers in 2009. Hogan was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.
His second novel, The Hunger Trace, is set again in the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire. The story revolves around a love triangle and the complex situation brought into sharp focus by a death. The “hunger trace” of the title refers to the lifetime failure of a falcon’s tail feathers to flourish when it has experienced starvation as a nestling. We see the same mark of deprivation in Hogan’s cast of characters.
Kaddy Benyon, Lavinia Greenlaw & Julia Copus
5.30pm | 21 Sept 2013 | Public Hall | Tickets: £7.50
Chair: Madeleine Birch
The World’s Two Smallest Humans, Milk Fever, The Casual Perfect
Julia Copus is an award winning poet and playwright based in Somerset. Her collections include The Shuttered Eye and In Defense of Adultery. Her recent collection, The World’s Two Smallest Humans, explores love, longing, relationships, IVF treatment and the mysteries of conception with wry humour and grace.
Kaddy Benyon is currently Invited Poet at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. In 2012 she won the Crashaw Prize for her beautiful first collection, Milk Fever. A remarkable meditation on motherhood, childhood, myths, bonds, love and loss, the poems are simultaneously poignant and reflective, urgent and sensual.
Lavinia Greenlaw is a critically acclaimed poet, novelist and non-fiction author. Her poetry collections include Night Photograph, A World Where News Travelled Slowly and Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. Her latest collection, The Casual Perfect, explores travel, landscape, movement, space, language and the tension between thought and impulse.
Lynne Truss with James Fleet
A Certain Age – Twelve monologues from the classic radio series
7.30pm | 21 Sept 2013 | Public Hall | Tickets: £12.50
Chair: Judi Spiers
Lynne Truss, English journalist, broadcaster, playwright and author is well-known for her humorous 2003 book about punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. In 2005 she published Talk to the Hand: the utter bloody rudeness of the world today (or six good reasons to stay home and bolt the door). In this year’s festival she delights us with A Certain Age - Twelve radio monologues, scripts presented just as they were broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 2002 and 2005. They are bittersweet tales about love, romance, friendship and family. In the tradition of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, her six men and six women each have very different stories to tell ...but all are funny, touching and beautifully observed. Whether describing mothers and daughters, married men, cat-lovers or ‘other women’, she is always brilliantly witty and perceptive.
Lynne Truss grew up in Petersham, and was educated at Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston. She gained a first-class honours degree at University College, London in English Language and Literature. Among her many activities she currently writes a column for The Sunday Telegraph.
James Fleet may be best known for his acting roles as Hugo in the long-running BBC series The Vicar of Dibley and Tom in Four Weddings and a Funeral. As an experienced and versatile actor of radio, TV, film and stage he will read from A Certain Age with Lynne Truss. His interpretation of these pithy monologues promises to be an entertaining session!
Judi Spiers joined BBC Radio 2 with her show on Saturdays and is also a well-known west country presenter who hosts her very popular weekday show on BBC Radio Devon.