Literature festival’s programme of talks and lectures

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THE ninth Oundle Festival of Literature opens tomorrow with a packed programme of talks and lectures by stars of film and television, historians, novelists, journalists and feature writers.

Tomorrow, cookery writer, Rose Prince; former jockey, writer and broadcaster, Dominic Prince; columnist and writer Sue Mott and journalist, Simon Heffer will give talks in The Great Hall in Oundle. On Sunday The Transition Town Panel will answer questions and give advice on recycling, energy and transport at Queen Victoria Hall. This is a free family event with stalls and games. Also on Sunday The Ship will host Fire v Water, where local bardic wit, Nick Perry will attempt to scupper Londoner Philip Wells - The Fire Poet, with his trademark comic thrusts in an hilarious and unpredictable lyrical head-to-head. A pirate audience of hecklers will then have the power to choose who walks the poetic plank. On Monday John Julius Norwich will speak in The Great Hall; on Tuesday Ghosts and Grandees, Virtue and Villainy will be at St Peter’s Church; on Wednesday Nigel Warburton will be at The Great Hall and there will be a literary quiz on Thursday where teams of six to eight people can get together to answer questions with a literary theme. Contact

The festival runs until March 20. For full details of all events see the festival brochure or Tickets are on sale from Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street , Oundle, PE8 4ED - 01832 274734.

Oundle’s Kid Lit Programme for Schools runs from Monday to Friday next week. Schools will take children to listen to Lucy Coats, James Mayhew, Andrew Lane, Sarah McIntyre and Philip Ardagh.

On Saturday, March 19, families are invited to hear Nick Sharratt talk about a socktupus and a camel wearing pants, and on Sunday, March 20, Warwick Davis, who appeared in films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, will speak about his new autobiography - Size Matters Not: The Life and Career of Warwick Davis.

For details and bookings for all Kid Lit events please contact Helen Shair by e-mail