Dulwich Literary Festival 2016 – Programme and Giveaway:
As a relative newcomer to ‘South of the River’ life, I wasn’t aware of the Dulwich Literary Festival until a press release popped into my mail box. But, there are a few things which make this quite a special event. For a start, the festival is presented by an independent bookshop, Dulwich Books of West Dulwich. I’m all in favour of supporting these fast-disappearing shops. Apart from the romantic idealism of running my own bookshop, an independent bookshop is the literary equivalent of an independent deli – somewhere that reflects the taste and inspiration of the owner.
I suspect that’s particularly true of Dulwich Books. Susie Nicklin, talking about this year’s festival says
Our festival takes its theme from the Anthony Trollope novel The Way We Live Now. First published in book form in 1875, Trollope’s novel was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s. The author had returned to England from Australia and sought to express his shock and disgust at the extent to which greed and corruption had become systemic in the spheres of politics, commerce, journalism and diplomacy.
In 2016, as the world trains its gaze towards the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, it seems fitting to re-examine Trollope’s exposé of British society, rich in satire and drama, and to compare and contrast it to how we live today.
The festival has a whole range of events featuring leading names from the worlds of politics, fiction, science, poetry and history. Held at Dulwich College from 11th to 13th November, you can find out more about the entire programme on their website. You’ll find a whole range of activities and talks for both adults and children – all held at a number of venues within the college including the Great Hall, the Old Library, and the new George Farha Auditorium.
There are plenty of events to highlight – from the world of politics, Margaret Hodge and Harriet Harman will discuss how corporations and governments intersect in contemporary life; Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke, both with books out on their time in the coalition government, will meet to talk about the way we lived then.
Authors of fact and fiction will be addressing a range of contemporary issues and topics. Joanna Trollope will tackle the overall theme, ‘The Way We Live Now’, examining, in particular, the role of women and how they live now. Author of Submarine Joe Dunthorne will be discussing communal living with Forward Prize-winning poet Kei Miller, while Adam Rutherford sits down with Ed Yong to discuss their respective works on genetics and microbes.
Matt Haig, author of the chart-topping A Boy Called Christmas, will headline a series of fun children’s events to suit children of all ages, returning to Dulwich to present his new festive title, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, alongside Chris Mould, the illustrator of both books.
It all sounds too fascinating and I’m sure plenty of London-Unattached readers will be keen to go along. If you’d like to dip your toe in the water I’ve got a great opportunity for one lucky London-Unattached reader to win a pair of tickets for the event of their choice together with a copy of the book which has given its name to the Festival – Anthony Trollope’s ‘The Way We Live Now’