Tuesday 7 May 2019
 
ROBERT GRAVES
11.00 am
Upper Room, Town Hall
£7

Jean Moorcroft Wilson relates how Robert Graves’ status as a ‘war poet’ depended mainly on his best selling 1929 memoir Good-bye to All That. His son William reprinted most of Robert’s poetry in Poems About War in 1988 and in the words of the Evening Standard this biography is: ‘a fine attempt to give Graves his due in that context’.

‘Dilgent and insightful’ Times

‘especially good on [Graves’] relationships with Sassoon and TE Lawrence’, Guardian.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson, leading expert on the WWI poets, has lectured for many years at the University of London, in the United States and South Africa. Her books include biographies of Isaac Rosenberg (shortlisted Duff Cooper prize), Siegfried Sassoon and Edward Thomas, and Virginia Woolf, Life and London: a Biography of Place.

This event is sponsored by Draycott Books Tel: 01386 841392 2 Sheep Street, Chipping Campden


 
LITERARY LUNCH: BEHIND THE THRONE
12 noon
Cotswold House Hotel
£29

Relax over a two-course lunch with Adrian Tinniswood who shares: ‘[a] fascinating snoop into the studies, kitchens and bedrooms of various monarchs … to the present queen…’ Sunday Times ‘some juicy tales’ Observer ‘colourful scenes’ Times.

Adrian Tinniswood OBE, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University, has worked for and with the National Trust for over thirty years. His books include A Life of Christopher Wren and The Long Weekend.

Reservations with Cotswold House Hotel only
Tel: 01386 840330 E: weddingsandevents@cotswoldhouse.com www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse


 
WILLIAM SIMMONDS
3.30 pm
Court Room, Old Police Station
£7

Ticket includes free entry to Court Barn Museum + exhibition: William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Jessica Douglas-Home demonstrates how William Simmonds, educational innovator, inventor, and tank designer, inspired by his pastoral surroundings in the Cotswolds, became an original of the Arts and Crafts movement, and after WW1 became known for his exquisite oak, pine, ebony and ivory carvings of wild and domestic creatures. He earned his living by making puppets.

Jessica Douglas-Home trained at the Chelsea and Slade Schools of Art as a painter, etcher and theatre designer. She has had one-man shows in London, Washington and Brussels, and has designed productions for the National and West End theatres. Her books include The Life and Loves of Violet Gordon Woodhouse (nominated Whitbread prize).

With thanks to Court Barn Museum Summer opening: Tues to Sun 10am – 5pm


 
BREAKING NEWS
7.00 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8

Free to full-time students – Doors open 6.30pm – TOKE’S Bar

Alan Rusbridger examines the past, present and future of the press: social media has created a vast amount of unreliable and false news which now competes with, and sometimes drowns, more established forms of journalism. The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and brands his critics ‘fake’. Politicians openly rubbish the views of ‘so-called experts’. Where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does all this mean for democracy? And what will the future hold?

‘an urgent reminder that there is still a place for real journalism – indeed, our democracies depend on it.’ Edward Snowden

‘a fascinating book and…an important one.’ Scotsman

‘Alan Rusbridger by great daring, flair, fine judgment and consistent courage has… enhanced the worldwide reputation of a great newspaper… It has been very good for journalism and all of us’ Sir Harold Evans

‘well written and unskimped’ Tom Stoppard in the TLSBooks of the Year 2018

One of the Book Authority’s Best Journalism Books of All Time.

Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media 1995–2015, launched the Guardian in the US and Australia as well as building a website which today attracts more than 100 million unique browsers a month. The paper’s coverage of phone-hacking led to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics. GuardianUS won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its leading global coverage of the Snowden revelations. Alan is the author of Play It Again.


 
WHEN WORDS FAIL
8.30 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8

Free to full-time students – Doors open 8pm – TOKE’S Bar

Ed Vulliamy recounts his life of listening to music and thinking, grappling with music’s thorniest issues from the quandary of whether Dylan sold out, to how to rescue Wagner from the adoration of the Nazis. Stadium filled megastars, the starving musicians of besieged Leningrad, Hendrix at the Isle of Wight in 1970, the attack on the Bataclan in 2015: from such rich themes and iconic moments Ed draws together a symphonic exploration of music’s place in society, recalling the interviews and meetings he has had throughout his life as a journalist and fan, and his more recent world travels to interview Patti Smith, Carlos Santana, BB King, Daniel Barenboim and John Cale amongst others.

‘an ambitious exploration of the soundtrack of Vulliamy’s eventful life’ Irish Times

Ed Vulliamy has been a Guardian and Observer journalist for thirty-two years. He contributed the Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary liner notes. His other books are Amexica: The War Along the Borderline and The War is Dead, Long Live the War – Bosnia: the Reckoning.

This evening’s events are sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa Tel: 01386 840330 www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse


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