After a hugely successful launch in 2017, The Lightbox Literary Festival is back with an extended line-up of events. With thought provoking talks, pop-up book shop and a creative writing course, literary lovers are in for a treat.
Highlights include talks from Alastair Sooke, Alison Weir, Tim Weaver and Ami Bouhassane, as well as an Emily Bronte themed Literary Food & Film Night, the return of the Poetry Slam, and a new Creative Writing Course
Friday 20 - Sunday 29 April 2018
Various times, see details below.
The Boy Who Bit Picasso: Alastair Sooke in conversation with Anthony Penrose
Alastair Sooke, art historian and journalist, will be in conversation with Antony Penrose, son of Lee Miller. Penrose’s connection with Picasso stems from when, as a child, he bit him. Picasso bit Antony back, which marked the beginning of their friendship.
20 April, 7.00pm
£25 including a glass of wine (fundraising talk)
Ami Bouhassane - Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends & Recipes
Model, photographer, war correspondent and gourmet cook Lee Miller did everything wholeheartedly. Her granddaughter Ami Bouhassane’s cookbook/anthology looks at Miller’s life through the influence of food, exploring this part of her life as her most extraordinary personal achievement.
Sun 22 April, 1.00pm
£10 | £8 friends
Sunny Angel In conversation with Fammia Pather
Sunny Angel has written 'Wings' a moving but uncompromising account of her abuse at the hands of the man who groomed and imprisoned her. Sunny now uses her experiences to help others. Fammia Pather is CEO of your Sanctuary, a charity who work to prevent domestic abuse and support the lives of those affected.
Thurs 26 April, 1.30pm
Free Event | Suggested donation £3 for your Sanctuary charity
Alison Weir: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen
Sunday Times best-selling author Alison Weir is returning this year talking about the next book in the series ‘Six Tudor Queens’, ‘Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen’. Copies available in the Festival Shop ahead of general publication. Alison will be pleased to sign your copy.
Sun 29 April, 7.00pm
£14 | £12 Friends
Creative Writing Course: Melanie Whipman
A creative writing course by Melanie Whipman, writer, editor and teacher, specialising in the short story form. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in numerous literary and commercial magazines. Melanie’s debut short story collection, ‘Llama Sutra’ published in 2016, was the winner of the Rubery International Book Award short story category in 2017.
Wed 4 - Wed 25 April, 1.00pm - 2.30pm
£16 Adults, £14 Friends per session | 4 sessions £58, £53 Friends
Literary Food & Film Night
Marking 200 years since the birth of one of literature’s most celebrated figures, this year’s themed evening will be all things Emily Bronte. Enjoy a fabulous four-course dinner before going upstairs to our Ambassador Room to watch Wuthering Heights.
Sun Fri 27 April, 7.00pm
£45 | £40 friends includes dinner, film and a goody bag
Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Sat 28 April, 11.00am
Free entry, suggested donation £3
An audience with: Franny Moyle
Television producer and author Franny Moyle talks about her new book; Turner, The Extraordinary life and momentous times of J.M.W Turner. Franny’s first book Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites (2009) was adapted into BBC drama serial by screenwriter Peter Bowker.
Sat 28 April, 12.00pm
£12 | £10 Friends
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