Michael Portillo and Germaine Greer to talk at John Clare festival

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Two famous names from the world of politics and academics have been added to the bill at an event organised by the John Clare Trust.

Political commentator and broadcaster Michael Portillo and leading academic and feminist Germaine Greer will be the main attractions at this year’s Peterborough Festival of Poetry and Literature.

The event, We Love Words, has been organised, for the second year running by John Clare Trust in honour of the Helpston poet and will be held in various venues across the city and surrounding area from September 20-28.

Chief executive of the trust Sara Blair Manning said this year’s event will offer a diverse, and exciting, range of speakers and events. 
Sara said: “We are particularly excited that Michael Portillo and Germaine 
Greer have signed up to take part this year, we are confident they will attract a lot of people to the city.

“From book launches to celebrity readings, beat-boxing to guided walks, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.

Michael Portillo is a former Conservative Party MP and cabinet minister who was, at one time, a favoured party leader and was tipped to become Prime Minister.

He will start the festival on September 20 with a talk, entitled Life: A Game of Two Halves, in which he chronicles his 10 years in politics and his 
current role as a journalist and broadcaster.

Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist who has been a major feminist voice since the mid-20th century. She is also Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. Her talk – The Disappearing Woman – will take place on September 25 and will examine how, in each stage of their lives, women become less and less visible.

Michael Portillo and Germaine Greer’s talks will both be held at The Key Theatre in Peterborough Tickets cost £15 each or £12.50 concessions.

To book, call the theatre box office on 01733 207239. 
For more information visit the We Love Words page at – www.clarecottage.org