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Literary Festival 2019

Godolphin Literary Festival 2019, 11-17 October.

Godolphin is delighted to announce it's third annual Literary Festival which will be held from Friday 11 - Thursday 17 October 2019. We have many top authors coming to speak during the week.

Talks from authors that are open to the public are:

Lucy Worsley Friday 11th October 2019 7.30pm

Bestselling author, historian and Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces Lucy Worsley is also one of the BBC’s most exuberant TV presenters. She brings history alive with her enthusiasm and eye for the quirky both of which have led to hugely inspiring programmes from the wives of Henry VIII to American history’s ‘biggest fibs’. As

well as being much loved for her historic fiction for children she has also written books on Jane Austen and Queen Victoria. With 2019 the bicentenary of Queen Victoria's birth, she comes to Godolphin to talk about her book which examines 24 days of her life scrupulously, allowing the real character behind the title to bound forward.

Lynne Truss Monday 14th October 7pm

Lynne Truss is a prolific writer, journalist and broadcaster, whose book on punctuation - Eats, Shoots & Leaves - was an international bestseller. She writes extensively for radio and is the author of seven novels as well as a non-fiction account of her time as a novice sports journalist on The Times, Get Her Off the Pitch! She began her career in the media as a literary editor and most recently she has turned her hand to a comic detective series set in Brighton; A Shot in the Dark and The Man That Got Away are the first two in her Inspector Twitten Mysteries.

Joa Studholme Thursday 17th October 7pm

Joa is the woman with the ultimate eye for colour. In her hands a-not-quite-white becomes Joa’s White and a hugely desired Farrow & Ball classic. For decades she has been giving her full attention to Farrow & Ball’s customers' every need, suggesting Elephant’s Breath or Sulking Room Pink for pantries and boudoirs across the world. Today her flair and passion for colour is celebrated in two books on colour and her most recent Recipes For Decorating looks at her case studies. She is responsible for mixing and planning the colours and for combining style with nostalgia and fashion. As tastes move away from neutrals and embrace stronger colours Joa is busy plotting new colours, always one step ahead of her own game.

Tickets for each of these events can be purchased here.

School Events

We will have a creative writing workshop and poetry evening as well as the following top writers speaking to a variety of ages from 4-18 at the festival.

For our pupils and many others from Wiltshire and Hampshire based schools we have:

Laura James Tuesday 15th October 2019 10:15am

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Laura James is well known for Captain Pug, her story about a dog who gets up to all sorts of antics out at sea. Her new hero is a brilliant but not very tall flamingo – Fabio, The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective - who solves cases on the banks of a great African lake. In the first of this new series Fabio and his trusty steed, Gilbert the Giraffe, are set to solve the case of the Julia the jazz-singing hippopotamus who has gone missing.

Frances Hardinge Wednesday 16th October 11:30am

In the words of bestselling teen author Patrick Ness ‘Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right Now’. Frances Hardinge is a writer at the top of her game, she has been described as ‘one of our greatest storytellers’ and electrifyingly good’, and her award-winning books are all different, atmospheric and utterly compelling. Famous for her signature black hat she is the first children’s writer to win the Costa Book Award with The Lie Tree since Philip Pullman.

Inspired by her large, spooky family home she has written strange stories from an early age and her recent novel A Skinful of Shadow (on the shortlist for the Costa announced midJune) is a dark, mysterious tale of a family’s hidden secrets set against the back drop of the English Civil War. She is coming to talk about her writing and reveal the inspiration behind her new novel Deeplight, published in October.

Fleur Hitchcock Thursday 17th October, 10am

Fleur Hitchcock is a hugely loved children’s author who has won numerous awards for her intriguing and gripping mystery stories. Hugely popular with 9-12-year olds her captivating adventure books range in subjects from murders mysteries to children with shrinking powers. Her recent children’s novel The Boy Who Flew is a historical thriller full of twists and turns, murder and secret plans for a flying machine; it has been described as ‘an unputdownable, heart-stopping, white knuckle ride of book’. When she is not writing she works with her husband who is a toymaker.

Mark Dawson Wednesday 16th October, 3pm

Thriller writer Mark Dawson started writing his John Milton assassin series on a commuter train from Salisbury to London. Before becoming a writer, Mark Dawson worked in the film industry and as a lawyer. He is now a best-selling self-published writer taking home all the profits of from his highly successful book series. His success in an age of Amazon and digital readership is turning the business of writing without a publisher on its head. He says self-publishing was the best business decision he ever made, and he comes to talk about his writing and the business of writing. Always on the lookout for new ideas a recent novel was inspired by the Skripals’ poisoning.

Joa Studholme Credit Dylan Thomas For Wall Street Journal
Lucy Worsley Credit Historic Royal Palaces Bloomsbury Ben Turner
Lynne Truss Author Photo
Godolphin Literary Festival 2019

Tickets for the talks can be found here