A letterpress printers’ “meet” for exhibiting and selling new work, and exchanging knowledge and equipment. Enjoy a letterpress demonstration, as well as lots of highly original and varied products.
Free to full-time students – Doors open 10.00 am – TOKE’S All Day Coffee Bar
Gill Bennett recounts what she discovered in 1998 when Foreign Secretary Robin Cook commissioned her to get to the bottom of a mystery that had haunted the Labour Party – and British politics generally – for over seventy years: The Daily Mail published the Zinoviev letter just before the General Election on 25 October 1924, humiliating the first ever British Labour government, headed by Ramsay MacDonald. Its political opponents used the ‘fake news’ to create a ‘Red Scare’ in the media. The letter still haunts British politics, cropping up in the media during the 2016 Referendum campaign and the 2017 general election.
‘scrupulously researched and argued account of an enduring mystery’ Spectator
‘superb book, a compelling mixture of history, anecdote and historiography’ Literary Review
Gill Bennett OBE FRHistS and an Associate Fellow of RUSI, was Chief Historian of the Foreign Office from 1995-2005, and senior editor of its official history of British foreign policy, Documents on British Policy Overseas. Historian in Whitehall for over thirty years, she provided historical advice to twelve foreign secretaries under six prime ministers, from Edward Heath to Tony Blair. Her other books: Churchill’s Man of Mystery: Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence and Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy.
Free to full-time students – Doors open 11.30am – TOKE’S All Day Coffee Bar
Alan Johnson and John Sutherland celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four. They discuss: the impact George Orwell’s writing had on Alan’s politics; how John’s loss of his sense of smell lead him to re-evaluate Orwell; Alan’s pursuit of rock stardom; and John’s entertaining tongue in cheek guide to how great literary works have a shaping influence on the world.
Praise for In My Life:
‘It radiates the author’s easy going charm…touching vignettes’ Spectator
‘It conveys enthusiasm of a sort that made growing up in the post war decades such fun.’ Herald Scotland
Praise for Orwell’s Nose:
‘Racily readable’ David Lodge
‘Clever little book’ Sunday Times
Alan Johnson rose through the ranks of the Communication Workers Union, becoming General Secretary in 1992. MP for Hull West and Hessle from 1997–2017, he served in five Cabinet positions including Home Secretary. His other books are This Boy (Ondaatje and the Orwell prizes), Please Mr Postman (National Book Award for Autobiography) and The Long and Winding Road (Parliamentary Award for Best Memoir).
John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at UCL, is a reviewer and essayist for the Times. His over thirty books include The Longman Companion to Victorian Literature; the best selling titles Is Heathcliffe a Murderer? Can Jane Eyre be Happy? Who was Dracula’s Father? ; and A Little History of Literature.
This morning’s events are sponsored by Draycott Books Tel: 01386 841392 2 Sheep Street, Chipping Campden
Free to full-time students – Doors open 1.00 pm – TOKE’S All Day Coffee Bar
Sarah Churchwell explains how both the expression ‘The American Dream’ and ‘America First’ were born nearly a century ago and instantly tangled over capitalism, democracy and race, coming to embody opposing views in the battle to define the soul of the nation. Using the voices that helped shape that debate, from Capitol Hill to the newsroom of the New York Times, students to senators, dreamers to dissenters, Sarah argues that the meanings and history of these terms need to be understood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed. Selected as a 2018 Summer Read by the Sunday Times, Observer, I-Paper and Big Issue
‘Enormously entertaining…’ Sunday Times
‘A fascinating history of the two intersecting tropes of modern America’ New Statesman
‘Lively and eminently readable …a timely and clearly argued book’ Financial Times
‘constructing the case for how the US elected Donald Trump, a catastrophe many of us struggle to understand.’ Prospect Magazine (book of the year 2018)
‘Excoriating, brilliant’ Ali Smith, Big Issue
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her literary journalism has appeared widely in newspapers including the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and New York Times Book Review, and she comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Newsnight and The Review Show. She has judged many literary prizes, including the 2017 Baillie Gifford and the 2014 Man Booker, and she was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe.
With thanks to TOKE’S Food and Drink Tel: 01386 849345 www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk
Free to full-time students – Doors open 3.00 pm – TOKE’S All Day Coffee Bar
Jenni Murray in conversation with Sam Walters celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of extraordinary women from around the globe, giving lie to Thomas Carlyle’s infamous declaration that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’
Jenni Murray, journalist and broadcaster has presented BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour since 1987. She is the author of A History of Britain in 21 Women and Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.
Sam Walters’s biography is under the Scoop event on Friday evening.
This afternoon’s events are sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa Tel: 01386 840330 www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse
Free to full-time students – Doors open 6.30 pm – TOKE’S Bar
‘Mr Pritchard (“I love music…I’m a Welshman”) … as leader of Wrexham Borough Council, voted with his fellow councillors to cut the budget for its music service, which gives free lessons to children who want to learn an instrument, by 72%. He says they had little choice.’ Economist
Patrick Gale, Sunday Times best selling novelist, and internationally renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber discuss the vital importance and lifelong effect of great music teaching on all young people. Patrick’s latest novel has a character based on the legendary cello teacher Jane Cowan, who taught Patrick among many others including Steven Isserlis, who is playing at Chipping Campden Music Festival on Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 May.
Patrick Gale talks about and reads from his poignant, gently humorous story of how music-making brings release for ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child who is discovering he is an emotional volcano.
‘Gale weaves his life experience with his fertile imagination’ Irish Times
This evening is chaired by Charlie Bennett, Artistic Director of Chipping Campden Music Festival.
Julian Lloyd Webber, Fellow of the Royal College of Music, is the Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Described by Strad magazine as ‘the doyen of British cellists’, he has enjoyed one of the most creative and successful careers in classical music today. As founder of the British Government’s In Harmony programme and the Chair of Sistema England, he continues to promote personal and community development in some of England’s most deprived areas. He was elected President of the Elgar Society in 2009 and is Patron of Chipping Campden Music Festival’s Education Programme.
Patrick Gale spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester before going to Oxford University. One of this country’s best-loved novelists, his most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, and the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter. His original BBC television drama, Man In An Orange Shirt, was shown to great acclaim in 2017 as part of the BBC’s Queer Britannia series, leading viewers around the world to discover his novels.
This evening’s event is sponsored by Paula Kaplan