Buxton Festival Book Weekend 2016
September 26, 2016
This November, Buxton Festival presents their third annual Books Weekend. From Friday 18 to Saturday 20 November, there’ll be a great line-up of authors and personalities with fascinating stories to tell.
Author, academic and feminist pioneer Germaine Greer will be discussing the The Disappearing Woman and TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle, talking about his life and career and his love of the classic Land Rover, legendary broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg presenting his spectacular historical novel, based around the events of the Peasants’ Revolt, former National Trust chairman Simon Jenkins on the beauty and history of England’s cathedrals and columnist Matthew Parris on the witty art of the put-down.
For those looking for insights into the quirky, popular science comedian Helen Keen (of BBC Radio 4’s It Is Rocket Science) turns a humorous eye on the science of Game of Thrones, or you can enter the world of The Odditorium, an inspiring medley of Antarctic exploration, literary hoaxes, wild avant-garde art, time travel and the world’s largest underground temple, based on the popular podcast of the same name.
The nationally renowned expert on Mary Queen of Scots, David Templeman will explore her fascinating life and time in the Buxton in the Crescent’s Pump Room and finally, there’s the ever-popular Literary Lunch at the Old Hall Hotel, featuring biographer Matthew Dennison on the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, critic and author Marina Warner delves into the world of fairy tale and historian Clare Hartwell looks at the architecture of Derbyshire.
Also during the weekend, there’s the prize giving for Buxton Festival’s annual Poetry Competition.
Tickets for the Books Weekend can be obtained from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190 or online at buxtonfestival.co.uk.