Tickets go on sale for Oundle Festival of Literature

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TICKETS for the 10th Oundle Festival of Literature go on sale this weekend.

The festival, which runs from March 7-18, features 35 events plus a Kid Lit programme for schools and a quiz.

Highlights include the return of Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Mitch Benn and band from Radio 4’s The Now Show, Oundle Book Fair, A Poetry Takeaway, The Tales of Robin Hood from Simon Heywood, a host of Meet the Author events, storyteller Shonaleigh, narrator Susan Waters, poets Nick Perry and Nic Aubury and Simon Brett’s one-man show, A Crime in Rhyme.

Charles Dickens’ bicentenary will be celebrated with The Squire of Gadshill from Lloyd Lee.

For tickets or more information contact the box office on 01832 274734.

l A classics teacher at Oundle School has become a published poet.

Housemaster Nic Aubury’s book of light verse called Small Talk has been selling well since it was released last month by publishers Nasty Little Press.

Full of pithy one-liners and sharp observation of the inanities and petty grievances of modern life, the 36-page pamphlet was reviewed in the Sunday Express during January by award-wining poet Sophie Hannah in a section on books that authors just can’t put down. She said that many of the poems made her roar with laughter. The book costs £5 and its International Standard Book Number is 978-0-9563767-9-4.

Nic will be reading and talking about his poetry at the Queen Victoria Hall in Oundle on Saturday, March 10 at 11am and 2pm as part of the Oundle Festival.