10.30am – 3pm
Batsford Arboretum
£30 (20 places)

Please bring a packed lunch

In the stunning natural environment of Batsford’s 56-acre arboretum Bridget Holding helps participants to connect with the ‘instinctual writer’ using ‘sensory impressions’ and ‘bodily sensations’ to bring power and aliveness into writing, and move from creative block to creative flow.
Bridget Holding, a former associate lecturer for The Open University, has been a tutor of creative writing for the Lifelong Learning Department of The University of Exeter since 2008 and founded ‘Wild Words’ and The Society of Writers-In-The-Wild in 2011.She wrote and directed The Rat Trap (Sky Short Film Of The Year Award), and worked in the editorial department on The Full Monty.

Upper Room Town Hall

Janina Ramirez’s illustrated talk on her landmark book: a unique and fascinating lens through which to explore the power, passion and politics in Anglo Saxon England. “Ramirez … reveals a vibrant world, awash with colour and character.” Dan Snow

Janina Ramirez read English literature and language (specializing in Old and  Middle English) at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She then completed her  post-graduate studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies, York and is now an  Oxford lecturer. She has presented and written many BBC history documentaries and series, is a regular guest on BBC4 Quizeum, and has a three-part series for BBC Radio 4


Upper Room Town Hall

Lizzie Ostrom’s story of one hundred perfumes in all their sniffable glory: signature scents and now-lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them: every perfume has a tale to tell.
“This book is as delectable an artefact as the product it describes.” The Independent
Lizzie Ostrom after Cambridge University, and under an alter ego of Odette Toilette, began hosting events for people to discover the world of scent, working with many fashion brands, and the Tate, the Royal Academy, The Royal Institution, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and The Natural History Museum. She is co-host of the popular podcast Life in Scents.
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This morning’s events are sponsored by The Kings Hotel 01386 840256

Upper Room Town Hall

Kate Williams and Dinah Jefferies discuss the skill of evoking historical period through details.
Chair: Vicky Bennett.
Kate Williams, DPhil from Oxford, is Professor of Public History at the University of Reading; is CNN’s historian and royal expert; covers royal and national events on the BBC and other channels; appears on BBC Breakfast, Restoration Home and The Great British Bake Off; is resident historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Rest is History; and contributes to The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Observer. Her other novels: The Pleasures of Men and The Storms of War. She’s written historical biographies of Emma Hamilton, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II,
and Empress Josephine, the last being a major TV series.
Dinah Jefferies born in Malaysia in 1948, moved to England as a child, and has travelled widely, since. She has worked in education, lived in a musicians’ commune, and is a publicly exhibited artist. Her first novel The Separation has been translated into five languages. The Tea Planter’s Wife was Richard and Judy Autumn 2015 pick, and was top of The Sunday Times fiction paperbacks in October 2015 and in the list until December
Vicky Bennett read history at Exeter University. She is founder and artistic director of Chipping Campden  Literature Festival and has self published two historical novels.

Upper Room Town Hall

Judy Rawlinson and Vanessa Nicolson discuss their memoirs: Judy’s childhood spent in postwar London and Northern Rhodesia during the last days of colonial rule in the late 1950s. “… a beautifully-observed piece of historical, political and socio-economic commentary.” Frances Linzee-Gordon
Vanessa’s disjointed childhood and reckless youth, including holidays at Sissinghurst Castle with her cousins, and her experience of a liberal English boarding school. “… a collection of fragile fragments, handled with care.”  Daily Telegraph
Chair: Di Alexander.
Judy Rawlinson read geography at Liverpool University, worked in Africa as a town planner, medical and arts administrator, and lecturer, and now concentrates on her painting and writing.
Vanessa Nicolson graduated from Sussex University in Art History and Italian. Granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, she was brought up in Florence and London and has worked as an art historian and curator. Her publications include The Sculpture of Maurice Lambert.
Di Alexander, former journalist: Cotswold Life, Gloucestershire Life and Wiltshire Life. Her column on Harcombe was a regular feature in The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. She is author of The Other Mitford, The Harcombe Year of which This England magazine wrote: “… warmth, verve and humour … a real little treasure” and The Circle of Our Lives.

Chipping Campden School Hall

Free to full-time students Doors open 6.30pm CCSPAʼs Bar

Anna Keay presents her biography of the warm, courageous and handsome Duke of Monmouth, a man who by his own admission ‘lived a very dissolute and irregular life’, but who was prepared to risk everything for honour and justice: a sweeping history of late-Stuart England, and a prism through which to view the turbulent decades in which England as we know it was forged.
Anna Keay, BA in Modern History from Oxford University, and PhD in 17th-century British history from the University of London, was a curator at Hampton Court Palace and Curatorial Director of English Heritage, before becoming Director of the Landmark Trust. Her books include The Magnificent Monarch “A very valuable book … full of arresting details.” BBC History Magazine; The Elizabethan Tower of London, and The Crown Jewels. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Chipping Campden School Hall

Free to full-time students
Doors open 8pm CCSPAʼs Bar

HRH Princess Michael of Kent discusses with Damian Thompson the third volume of her Anjou trilogy: as with Chipping Campden’s Baptist Hicks, wealthy merchant Jacques Coeur is money lender to his King.
When Charles VII becomes Coeur’s partner in profitable trade within France and the Levant, Coeur’s path is intricately linked to that of Charles’s mother-in-law, Yolande and her protege and Charles’s mistress, the captivating Agnes Sorel.
Praise for volume one: “Meticulously researched and powerfully evoked.” Philippa Gregory
“… takes the reader to the heart of this glamorous, dangerous world, and holds them spellbound.” Julian Fellowes
HRH Princess Michael of Kent moved to London from Vienna to continue her historical studies, including the History of Fine and Decorative Art at the V&A, and has lectured on historical topics for more than twenty five years. Her other books include The Queen of Four Kingdoms, Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty, and The Serpent and the Moon @PMK_Books
Damian Thompson, PhD in the Sociology of Religion from the LSE, is associate editor of The Spectator, where he writes about religion and classical music, and is editorial director of the Catholic Herald magazine. He is author of four books on subjects ranging from apocalyptic belief to addiction.
With thanks to Chipping Campden School Parents Association


Wednesday 4th May 12 noon Free for residents and by invitation
Pupils from St Jamesʼ Primary School read the residentsʼ favourite poems.

MAY COURT ROOM, Old Police Station
£10 / £8

A Caramba Theatre Company production: two abridged plays in one evening.

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