Wed 6 May 2020
 
THE WILDLIFE POND
10.00 am
Montrose Suite, Cotswold House Hotel
£8

Jules Howard explains how our ponds can make a difference to biodiversity. With his fresh perspective on ponds – vital oases for nature – providing pond-dipping practical tips and advice on designing, planting up and maintaining ponds, he encourages us to explore the wildlife that colonises ponds with a torch, a microscope or a good old-fashioned net.

Jules Howard a zoologist, writes on a host of topics relating to zoology and wildlife conservation, and appears regularly in BBC Wildlife Magazine and on radio and TV, including on BBC’s The One Show, Nature and The Living World as well as BBC Breakfast and Radio 4’s Today programme. Jules also runs a social enterprise that has brought almost 100,000 young people closer to the natural world. His other books include Sex on Earth and Death on Earth (nominated for 2016 Royal Society of Biology book prize) and RSPB Spotlight Frogs and Toads.

What others say about Jules and his work:
‘Eye-opening, engaging and enjoyably humorous.’ Science

‘Self-deprecating charm and genuine enthusiasm’ Boston Globe

‘Bill Bryson-like wit’ Natural History Magazine (US)

‘Joyous stuff’ Daily Mail

This morning’s events are sponsored by The Noel Arms www.bespokehotels.com/noelarmshotel

 


 
THE NHS: HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE & DEAR LIFE
11.30 am
Montrose Suite Cotswold House Hotel,
£10

Molly Case and Rachel Clarke discuss their memoirs with Sue Cook.

How to Treat People introduces patients and their experience of illness but when Molly’s father is admitted to the high dependency unit on which she works, two worlds – the professional and the personal – suddenly collide.

‘gets to the heart of who we are’ Nina Stibbe.

Dear Life portrays life in a hospice where, because time is running out, there is more of what matters in life – more love, more strength, more kindness, more smiles, more dignity, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion – than you could ever imagine.

‘A truly wonderful book. Read it.’ Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm

‘What a remarkable book…tender, funny, brave, heartfelt, radiant with love and life.’ Robert MacFarlane

Molly Case, a cardiac nurse at St George’s Hospital, first studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Bath Spa University and is a spoken word artist who won national recognition in 2013 when she performed her poem Nursing the Nation at the Royal College of Nursing. Molly has featured in the Guardian, Independent, Times, Elle Magazine and Huffington Post, and was named in the Health Service Journal’s Inspirational Women list and the BBC’s 100 Women list. Her debut collection of poetry is Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything.

 

Rachel Clarke, an NHS doctor working in palliative medicine at St George’s Hospital, London, wrote extensively about the junior doctor dispute. She writes health politics for the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Huffington Post and BMJ and has appeared on BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, BBC1, ITV, Sky, BBC Radio 4’s Today and PM, Radio 1 and Radio 5 Live. In 2016, she received the UK Medical Journalists’ Association award for blogger of the year. Her first book was Your Life in My Hands.

 

 

 

Sue Cook is one of the UK’s most experienced broadcasters. Her BBC TV shows include Crimewatch UK, the Children in Need Appeal and Holiday; and to radio listeners she’s been a familiar voice since the 70s on many series and individual programmes, including You and Yours and, more recently, Making History for Radio 4. Sue is now a successful novelist, currently working on adapting her first novel, On Dangerous Ground for a film of the same title.

 

 

 

 

 

This morning’s events are sponsored by The Noel Arms www.bespokehotels.com/noelarmshotel


 
FOOTNOTES
2.00 pm
Montrose Suite, Cotswold House Hotel
£8

Peter Fiennes, who wowed our audience in 2018 with Oak Ash and Thorn (a 2018 Guardian Best Nature Book of the Year), invites us to join him as he follows in the footsteps of twelve inspirational writers: he begins in Dorset, shaped by the childhood visions of Enid Blyton, and ends with Charles Dickens on the train that took him to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey. From the wilds of Skye and Snowdon, to a big night out in Birmingham with J. B. Priestley and Beryl Bainbridge, Footnotes is a lyrical foray into the past, and a quest to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers. As Peter travels the country, and roams across the centuries, he wonders: Who are we? What do we want? He said in 2019, ‘They seemed like good questions to ask, in the company of some of our greatest writers, given these restless times.’

‘beautifully written, moving in its reflections, and often very funny.’ Tom Holland

‘marvellously quotable literary journey’ Financial Times

Peter Fiennes as a publisher for Time Out published their city guides as well as books about London Trees and Britain’s countryside and seaside. He is also author of To War With God.


 
THE ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST
3.30 pm
Montrose Suite Cotswold House Hotel
£10

Susannah Stapleton in conversation with Caroline Sanderson tells her enthralling true story that reveals the identity of Maud West and explores the reality of being a female private detective in the golden age of crime. With walk on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and continental blackmailers.

‘If you are susceptible to Miss Marple and Harriet Vane you must read …You will never know the difference between fact and fiction again.’ Jill Paton Walsh

‘Terrific’ Lissa Evans.

‘breezy book…tone relentlessly larky’ Guardian

Susannah Stapleton is a historical researcher with over twenty years’ experience unravelling mysteries for museums, organizations and private individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Sanderson is Associate and non-fiction Editor of The Bookseller, co-hosts BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly book club, and is Artistic Director of Stroud Book Festival. She has chaired events at Cheltenham Literature Festival among many others, and her five non-fiction books include A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen and Someone Like Adele.


 
DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND
7.00 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£10 Free to full-time students

Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar

Tom Holland in conversation with Caroline Sanderson answers his own question, ‘Why do we think the way we do?’ Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, Tom explores just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion’s claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian.

‘Deft and skilful… a sensational story’ Observer

‘a brilliant and meticulous synthesis of the ancient sources…a story that should be read by anyone interested in history, politics or human nature – and it has never been better told’ Mail on Sunday

‘Holland has all the talents of an accomplished novelist: a gift for narrative, a lively sense of drama and a fine ear for the rhythm of a sentence.’ Terry Eagleton Guardian

Tom Holland, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs. He has also adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors and is Chair of the British Library’s PLR Advisory Committee. In 2007 he won the Classical Association prize, awarded to ‘the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome’. His books include Rubicon (winner of Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize) Persian Fire (2006 winner of Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award) Millennium, In the Shadow of the Sword and Dynasty.

Caroline Sanderson is Associate and non-fiction Editor of The Bookseller, co-hosts BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly book club, and is Artistic Director of Stroud Book Festival. She has chaired events at Cheltenham Literature Festival among many others, and her five non-fiction books include A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen and Someone Like Adele.


 
BIG BOOK GROUP: THE CARER
8.30 pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£8 Free to full-time students

Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar

Sue Cook invites book groups and individuals to join her in a discussion with Deborah Moggach on her social comedy The Carer: James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help… Mandy is such a godsend. Or is she?

‘Joyous’ Daily Mail

‘brilliant observations about ageing and a devilish plot twist’ The Times

‘an immediately relevant work, a fiction anchored in reality.’ Spectator

‘[Moggach’s] trademark humour and pathos, reshaping a societal dilemma into a family drama, by turns compelling and surprising.’ The Guardian

Deborah Moggach OBE FRSL, has written nineteen successful novels including the bestselling Tulip Fever and These Foolish Things which was adapted for the screen under the title The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and starred Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Deborah won a Writers’ Guild Award for her adaptation of Anne Fine’s Goggle-Eyes and her screenplay for the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was nominated for a BAFTA. Her television screenwriting credits include the acclaimed adaptations of her own novels Close Relations and Final Demand, as well as Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Sue Cook is one of the UK’s most experienced broadcasters. Her BBC TV shows include Crimewatch UK, the Children in Need Appeal and Holiday; and to radio listeners she’s been a familiar voice since the 70s on many series and individual programmes, including You and Yours and, more recently, Making History for Radio 4. Sue is now a successful novelist, currently working on adapting her first novel, On Dangerous Ground for a film of the same title.

With thanks to TOKE’S Food and Drink www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk


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