Oct 262014

Each year the festival brochure lands on my doormat and I sit with a cup of coffee and flick through the pages full of expectation and I am never disappointed.  This year was no exception.  With 135,000 tickets sold this year it has been hailed as the most successful festival so far.

I have to set myself a budget at the outset because it is so tempting to make more than a meal of this event.  It can quickly become more of a banquet.  My budget is quite small and this year I restricted myself to three events.  Two were Locally Sourced and one was of personal interest to me and connected to my latest book, Blood Libel.

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Oct 142013

As ever, this year’s Literature Festival was a cracking affair.  To prevent myself from becoming bankrupt I usually just pick one or two events I am particularly interested in.

This year I chose Simon Schama’s talk on his latest book The Story of the Jews and The King’s Grave: Search for Richard 111 featuring the host, my friend Caroline Sanderson and Philipa Langley of Channel 4 fame and Michael Jones, co-author and historian.

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