Originally a holiday for a gang of printers, for those who still practise the hands on methods of producing literature with ink, type and blocks on iron presses a Wayzegoose is a celebration of their art. Louisa Hare has invited fellow letterpress printers to join her in a display and sale of their work. Acclaimed pressman Richard Lawrence will be demonstrating.
Free to full-time students Doors open 10am
Students All Day Coffee Bar
Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson discuss their coedited book: Richard Burbage, Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton are freshly considered; and little-known but relevant lives are brought to the fore. Chair Peter J Smith. Of The Shakespeare Circle James Shapiro, Columbia University writes: “Wonderfully conceived and executed, and drawing on the expertise of some of the finest literary historians at work today.”
Stanley Wells CBE FRSL is Honorary President at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the General Editor of the OUP and Penguin editions of Shakespeare. Editor of Shakespeare Survey for almost twenty years, he is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage and The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare. His many books include Shakespeare: For All Time, Shakespeare & Co, Shakespeare, Sex, and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. @stanley_wells
Paul Edmondson, Head of Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, has authored and coedited numerous articles and books on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare’s Sonnets (with Stanley Wells) and The Shakespeare Handbooks: Twelfth Night @Paul_Edmondson
Peter J Smith, reader in Renaissance literature at Nottingham Trent University and a trustee of the British Shakespeare Association, is the author of Between Two Stools and Social Shakespeare. He has published recently on Othello on screen and Derek Jarman’s film version of The Tempest.
Doors open 11.30am Students All Day Coffee Bar
Angela Thirlwell is interviewed by Russ McDonald on her highly original biography of Rosalind: the actor-manager of As You Like It is alive, is modern. She’s also a fiction. Played by a boy actor in 1599, she’s a girl who gets into men’s clothes to investigate the truth about love. Both male and female, imaginary and real, her intriguing duality gives her a special role.
What is a man? What is a woman? We are all Rosalind now. With readings by Auriol Smith, actress, theatre director, and founder member and former associate director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond London.
Angela Thirlwell read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford and lectured in English and Theatre Studies for the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London. She wrote The Game of Life for the Catalogue to the Ford Madox Brown Exhibition, Manchester and Ghent and has given a wide range of talks on art and on biography in Europe and the USA. She appeared in a BBC2 Culture Show Special about Ford Madox Ford and is author of William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis and Into the Frame: the four loves of Ford Madox Brown
Russ McDonald Professor of English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London, has also taught at five American universities and won North Carolina Professor of the year. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Mellon Foundation. In 2010-11 he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He also writes regularly for Opera magazine. His works on Shakespeare include Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Late Style, and Shakespeare and the Arts of Language.
Doors open 1pm Students All Day Coffee Bar
Michael Billington discusses his book celebrating the art of the dramatist with theatre director Sam Walters. Michael Billington says, “Shakespearians will be outraged, Beckettians astonished.” “Lucidly written and argued this is a seriously pleasurable book, founded upon a life spent valuably in theatres.” The Independent.
Nominated for the Theatre Book Prize for titles published in 2015
Michael Billington has been theatre critic of the Guardian since 1971 and of Country Life since 1986. He is the author of biographies of Harold Pinter and Peggy Ashcroft, of critical studies of Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn. He frequently lectures and broadcasts on the arts, teaches drama for the University of Pennsylvania and is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford @billicritic
Sam Walters, educated at Merton College Oxford, trained as an actor at LAMDA. He founded the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond in 1971 and was its director until his retirement in 2014. Sam is one of three judges for the Theatre Book Prize for titles published in 2015.
Ann Allen hosts this informal poetry session: first the Patchwork Poets, who meet regularly, will give a presentation of their poems, and then there will be an opportunity for audience members to share their work. Ann’s first poetry collection is Michelangelo Can Paint an Angel.
Students All Day Coffee Bar Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
A thrilling tale of adventure, and an opportunity for young readers to meet acclaimed children’s author Philip Womack. The Double Axe is the first of Philip’s Blood and Fire series. Dark forces are at work: Stephan, the thirteen-year-old son of King Minos of Crete, stumbles across a terrifying conspiracy. Is the Minotaur, a half man half bull who eats human flesh, real? Or is something even more dangerous threatening to engulf both the palace and the world?
Philip Womack read Classics and English at Oriel College, Oxford. He reviews for Literary Review, The Guardian, The Spectator, TLS and The Telegraph, and has appeared on radio and television. He teaches Latin and Greek, and has lectured on mythology for the How: To Academy. He is the author of The Other Book and The Liberators (The Daily Telegraph, Children’s Books of the Year 2010) “…blend of action and philosophising will ensure a big following.” The Sunday Telegraph. And recently The Broken King “conjure[s] an eerie poetry of the subconscious, a kind of Alice in Terrorland.” The Financial Times and The King’s Shadow (both a The Guardian Children’s Books of the Year 2015)
With thanks to Emily Dunn
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Doors open 6.30pm CCSPAʼs bar
John Freeman was a celebrated soldier, politician, TV journalist and diplomat but a most private of men. This was symbolised by the famous BBC TV interview series of the 1960s Face to Face where he sat with his back to the camera. Hugh Purcell spent years trying to solve the enigma of this ‘Very Private Celebrity’ and in conversation with Sue Cook he shows extracts of the TV interviews with Edith Sitwell, Tony Hancock and others, discusses the art of the TV interview and reveals the truth about one of the great Britons in the second half of the last century.
“A fascinating biography of a remarkable – and mysterious – man.” Daily Mail
“Hugh Purcell unravels the enigma of a truly complex and charismatic man.” New Statesman
“The old ways of biography can still be the best.” The Independent
Hugh Purcell is now a biographer and journalist but his main career was with the BBC, radio and television, where he produced many documentary and debate programmes, becoming Managing Editor of the TV Documentary Department.
Sue Cook is well known as a BBC presenter of the 1980s and 90s – Nationwide, Breakfast Time, Crimewatch and Children in Need on TV; You and Yours and Making History on Radio 4. She is now a writer
CCSPAʼs bar Two forty-minute sets with short interval
Emily Campbell’s Hot Fingers Band weave a story of jazz spanning the twenties through to the fifties. Emily Campbell (vocalist) is a regular addition to Hot Fingers, and has adapted her classical background – post graduate training at Trinity college of music and leading roles in Carmen and the Beggars Opera – to darker styles of jazz. Although influenced by such greats as Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, Emily has found her own unique style and voice.
AC Wood is standing in for ‘Spats’ Langham tonight on guitar. A regular addition to Hot Fingers, Andy is one of the country’s leading gypsy-jazz style guitarists, playing in bands such as Swing from Paris, and the Remy Harris Trio.
Although heavily influenced by Django Rheinhardt he easily and fluently adapts his guitar to many different styles.
Malcolm Sked started euphonium at school, joined the local brass band at thirteen, and the Charleston Chasers at sixteen on tuba and sousaphone. In 2000 he joined Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, and later introduced double bass to his repertoire when Hot Fingers was formed.
Danny Blyth (guitar and clarinet) went to ‘Spats’ Langham for guitar lessons in 2004, having previously played finger style folk guitar and mandolin, and six weeks later Hot Fingers was formed. In 2007 Danny took up the clarinet.
This event is sponsored by The Honorable Philip Smith
With thanks to Chipping Campden School Parents Association @CampdenPA