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  • Sandi Toksvig at Ways With Words festival

    11th July

    Sandi Toksvig will be talking about her humorous guide to modern manners, Peas & Queues. Find out more and read the full programme at the Ways With Words...


  • Linda Colley at Harrogate Literature Festival

    11th July 2014

    In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, historian Linda Colley analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far –...


  • Margaret MacMillan at Ways With Words Festival

    Saturday 12th July

    Margaret MacMillan will discuss her award winning history of the road to World War One at Ways With Words festival. Find out more and see the full programme at the Ways With Words...


  • Linda Colley at Buxton Festival

    12th July 2014

    In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, historian Linda Colley analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far –...


  • The Great Animal Orchestra at Cheltenham Festival

    Saturday 12th July

    The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony For Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes Music by Richard Blackford Wild soundscapes by Bernie Krause Holst The Planets 55’ This final evening concert in the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival is a vivid orchestral voyage...


  • Simon Jenkins at Buxton Festival

    19th July 2014

    English people hold the landscape to be the essence of Englishness – in polls they rank it on a par with the monarchy, the army and Shakespeare. Simon Jenkins tells the fascinating story behind the...


  • Rick Gekoski at The Curious Arts Festival

    Sunday 20 July

    Rick Gekoski is a writer, broadcaster, Guardian columnist, former academic and present rare book dealer. He is author of Lost, Stolen or Shredded: Stories of Missing Works of Art and Literature. Rick Gekoski will be in conversation with Fiammetta...


  • Mary Beard in conversation with Laurie Penny

    Wednesday 30th July

    Within the setting of Conway Hall, a landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural thought, Mary Beard and Laurie Penny will tackle the question: why are we so afraid of outspoken women? From the...


  • Sandi Toksvig at Toppings Ely

    Wednesday 30th July

    How do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there’s a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues? How to behave, like how to...


  • Margaret MacMillan at Edinburgh Book Festival

    Sunday 10th August

    Magisterial, riveting, deeply moving and impeccably researched: these are just a few of the plaudits raining down on Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan for her masterful book The War That Ended Peace. In search of the...



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