Hungerford Literary Festival 2015

PUBLISHED: 12:34 23 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:40 23 September 2015

Sir Max Hastings © AP

Sir Max Hastings © AP


This year’s festival offers a rich line up of events with something to suit every literary taste. Whether you love nature, travel, history, sport, fiction or want to inspire children in their reading, there will be something for everyone.

The attractive market town of Hungerford is all set for its fourth literary festival - a community event that attracts residents and non-residents alike to its ‘live library’ of author appearances. Running from Friday 16 to Monday 19 October, this year boasts an impressive line-up. A full list of events and details on how to book tickets can be found at

Headlining at the Literary Festival this year are Sir Max Hastings, who will be talking about his newly published book, ‘Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerillas 1939-1945’, and Louis De Bernieres, author of the international bestseller ‘Captain Correlli’s Mandolin’, who will be talking about his latest title, ‘The Dust that Falls From Dreams’.

Emma Milne-White, co-owner of the award-winning Hungerford Bookshop says: “The feedback on our line-up this year has already been overwhelmingly positive. We have introduced a variety of formats such as a literary supper, a children’s nature writing workshop and a lively poetry evening in the bookshop. I have been inspired by both Tim Dee for his lyrical and thought-provoking book ‘Four Fields’, and by Melanie Gow’s walk across Spain with her two children. I also can’t wait to start the festival with not one, but three authors, at the wonderful Eliane’s. Mouth-watering food and book talk is such a good combination.”

Others to see at the festival include: historians Professor Stephen Church whose book ‘King John: England Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant’ tells the story of this infamous Monarch, Richard Knott, bringing us the courageous true stories of war artists and intrepid correspondents in ‘The Sketchbook War’ and ‘The Trio’, and Robin Haig who has written the first ever biography of Lord William Craven, who built Ashdown House near Lambourn (which is now a National Trust property) and Hamstead Marshall Park near Hungerford, now demolished. Also appearing are novelists Piers Paul Read, Magnus MacIntyre, Kathryn Simmonds and Vanessa La Faye, with her book ‘Summertime’ – a Richard and Judy Book Club title.

Martin Johnson, The Sunday Times sports correspondent and author of ‘Can I Carry Your Bags? The Life of a Sports Hack Abroad’ and Edward Brooke-Hitching - ‘Fox Tossing, Octopus Wresting and Other Forgotten Sports’ will be providing entertaining discussion for sports enthusiasts. Whilst Nick Channer, author of ‘Writer’s Houses: Where Great Books Began’, and local author Philippa Lewis, writer of several acclaimed historical books about English architecture and gardens, will be speaking on houses, what they have meant to people and how they have contributed to the literary world. Finally, children will be able to enjoy a morning with Josh Lacey, who has brought us the very popular Grk and Dragonsitter series.

For the full line-up and to book tickets visit or call the Hungerford Bookshop on 01488 683480.

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