Top authors to star at Lavenham Literary Festival

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Actress and bestselling non-fiction author Sheila Hancock will be heading a stellar literary cast at next month’s Lavenham Literary Festival.

The three-day festival between Friday November 13 and Sunday November 15 will see Sheila Hancock in conversation about her debut novel, Miss Carter’s War, with international award-winning writer Kate Mosse, who herself will also be taking to the stage the day before.

The landmark encounter, which takes place at 10am on the Sunday, is a highlight of a packed literary weekend of events, held primarily in the village hall.

Saturday will see Toby Buchan discuss the seminal The 39 Steps, written by his grandad John, before Tracy Borman talks about her book Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant and Rachel Joyce focuses on A Snow Garden, her Christmas-connected collection of stories. Kate Mosse will discuss her latest novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter.

On Sunday, and following Sheila Hancock’s session, the festival will focus on the world of spies, both fictional and real, when Andrew Lownie discusses Stalin’s Englishman, detailing the life of the outrageous former ‘Cambridge Spy’.

Other highlights over the three days includes a talk from John Higgs, sessions hosted by Peter Gutteridge, and Tom Holland, the author of books on Roman autocracy, Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam, who will be the speaker at the literary festival dinner on the Friday at the Swan Hotel, which is the principal supporter of the event.

Each session costs £8 with early booking advised from the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on 01284 769505 or www.theatreroyal.org

For information on the festival see www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.co.uk