Sir Ranulph Fiennes and broadcaster Peter Snow star at Taunton Literary Festival 2013 (From Chard & Ilminster News)
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes and broadcaster Peter Snow star at Taunton Literary Festival 2013
7:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in What's On
THE wait is over. Taunton Literary Festival 2013 starts on Saturday with a sparkling line-up of speakers, including the likes of explorer Ranulph Fiennes, TV news legend Peter Snow and former Conservative Cabinet Minister Douglas Hurd.
Alongside the big names stand prolific ‘experts in the field’ and bestselling writers, in events taking place from Saturday until Tuesday, November 19.
So what’s set for week one of Taunton’s very-own literary love-in?
Saturday opens with a free book fair for local and self-published authors, followed by a Juncture 25 poetry event from 6pm, at Richard Huish College.
Marking Historical Writers’ Association Day in style, three diverse panel discussions are set for Sunday at Hestercombe Gardens’ Bamfylde Hall, spanning Roman history, historical crime and naval fiction, and including North Somerset’s Ben Kane, author of Hannibal: Fields of Blood and Spartacus: Rebellion.
On Monday, David and Hilary Crystal and Stephen Moss appear at Taunton’s Creative Innovation Centre (CICCIC). While the Crystals delve into the rich heritage of the English language, in Wordsmiths and Warriors, original Springwatch producer Stephen Moss will discuss The Great British Year.
Three female authors are set for Wednesday. In a free event for nine-12- year-olds, debut writer Emma Carroll presents historical fiction thriller, Frost Hollow Hall, at St George’s Catholic School on The Mount.
Later, Sara Wheeler will lay forth, O My America!, over at Brendon Books. Wheeler has traced women who fled from controversy in 19th century England to be reborn in America.
Somerset-born author Marcia Willett follows with her mystery, Postcards From the Past, at the bookseller.
Come Thursday November 7, it’s a fresh account of The Great War that BBC Radio 4 regular, Saul David, will present in 100 Days to Victory, at CICCIC.
That night, the Fire River Poets hosts widely-published Dartmoor poet Rebecca Gethin and an open mic session. Poets, book a slot on 01823-252486.
At the Museum of Somerset on Castle Green, meanwhile, Julian Richards, will enlist science to solve Stonehenge’s mysteries.
On Friday, transport writer Christian Wolmar will take the stand at St James Church for The Story of the World’s Greatest Railway, with Sir Ranulph Fiennes taking over to present the incredible history of man’ exploration of the earth’s most hostile environments.
Saturday, November 9, there’ll be ‘Shakespeare Aloud’ at Taunton Library, while Victoria Glendinning, at the Castle Hotel, will talk on her work, From A Suppressed Cry to Raffles.
Award-scooping science writer Marcus Chown then asks the Big Questions, in What A Wonderful World.
For the full programme of 30-plus Taunton Literary Festival events and tickets, visit tauntonliteraryfestival.net