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Book festival is ‘one of the UK’s best’


Tetbury Book Festival, held at the town’s Goods Shed Arts Centre, returns with a programme that embraces literature, music, theatre and film.

Running from September 15-17th, highlights include acclaimed theatre director and actor Simon McBurney talking about ‘Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead’, Waterstone’s Book of the Month author Joanna Quinn on her extraordinary novel ‘The Whalebone Theatre’, and Helen Rebanks on being ‘The Farmer’s Wife’.

Claire Ratinon c. Christian Cassiel | Book festival is 'one of the UK's best'
Claire Ratinon. Picture: Christian Cassiel.

Organiser Hereward Corbett (of the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop), said: “Last year one of our customers said that ours was ‘one of the UK’s best small book festivals’.

“We are sticking to what we do best, and just trying to do it better: interesting new titles, with writers who make their subject come alive, in conversations that engage and inspire. Some of our authors are bestsellers, but some you will never have heard of. But they are all worth listening to. Our customers don’t need to go to Hay or Cheltenham – they can pop down to the Goods Shed and save a fortune!

“I’m really excited about our poetry event. Joey Connolly, Susannah Dickey, Kandace Siobhan Walker and Martha Sprackland are exceptional talents – we are so lucky to have them together. And Clare Ratinon, the gardening writer, is a coup.

“Nature writing is very current, and Lulah Ellender and Rowan Jaines have a very particular way of looking at the world, through 72 microseasons (or kō). The festival is happening in the Japanese kō when ‘wagtails sing’.”

The programme also includes talks on dance music, Persephone Books, travel writing, sewing, biography, fiction, the film ‘Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition’, and a quiz to raise money for local reading charities.

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