LitFest Programme
Saturday 21 June
11.00am-12 noon ~ Phyllida Law
with Piers Plowright

Actress and author Phyllida Law’s humane and often defiantly hilarious account of her mother’s final months in the grip of dementia captures the warmth and tenderness of the relationship in which much of the communication was through notes left on the kitchen table. Three mothers (and a camel) was published this February. She will be in conversation with radio producer Piers Plowright.

2.00-3.00 ~ Hugh Pym
with Nick Kochan

Hugh Pym is a financial and political journalist. He was a BBC radio journalist from 1986 to 1987 then producer of Business Daily at Channel 4, correspondent with ITN and a freelance broadcaster with Sky TV. He is the BBC’s Chief Economics Correspondent. In the 2001 General Election, Hugh stood as a Lib Dem candidate. He has had two books published and his latest, Inside the Banking Crisis, will be published in April. He will be in conversation with financial and political journalist, Nick Kochan.

3.30-4.30 ~ Richard van Emden
with the Reverend Alan Walker

Richard van Emden is a historian of the Great War. He has written 16 books and made TV documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 on the subject, including Britain's Boy Soldiers and What did you do in the Great War, Daddy? He talks to Alan Walker, vicar of St Jude’s, about his latest book Tommy’s War: The Western Front in Soldiers’ Words and Photographs, which will be published in July.

5.00-6.00pm ~ Lynn Barber
with Sue MacGregor

Lynn Barber has written for Penthouse, Sunday Express, Independent on Sunday, Vanity Fair and The Observer and now writes for The Sunday Times. She has won six British Press awards for her incisive interviews. Her books include two collections of interviews, Mostly Men and Demon Barber and the memoir, An Education, which was made into a major film. A Curious Career, to be published in May, will reveal more journalistic secrets of those in the limelight. She will be interviewed by broadcaster Sue MacGregor.

Sunday 22 June
12.30-1.30pm ~ Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer
with Nick Lander

Tucked away in Fitzrovia, Honey & Co has quickly established itself as one of London’s favourite dining destinations, winning Best Newcomer in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013. Husband and wife Itamar and Sarit have charmed customers and critics alike with their delicious take on Middle Eastern food, packed with vibrant flavour and sparkling with jewel-like colours. Their new book, Honey & Co – Food from the Middle East, to be published in June, is a collection of recipes from their kitchen and is as full of comfort, warmth and imagination as the small restaurant itself. They will be in conversation with the Financial Times’ restaurant critic, Nicholas Lander.

2.00-3.00pm ~ Sathnam Sanghera
& Charlotte Mendelson
with Giles Fraser

Sathnam Sanghera is a columnist and feature writer for The Times. His biography, The Boy with the Topknot, was named 2009 MIND book of the year and his first novel, Marriage Material, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa first novel award. The paperback will be published in May.
Charlotte Mendelson is a previous winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rees Prize. Her warm and witty novel Almost English was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize last year, and the paperback will be published in March. Columnist, broadcaster and priest, Giles Fraser, will explore with the two authors the common theme in their works of identity and marriage when one culture is transplanted into another.

3.30-4.30pm ~ Brigid Keenan
with Sir Rodric Braithwaite

Brigid Keenan has worked as an editor on Nova, The Observer and The Sunday Times. Her best-selling memoir, Diplomatic Baggage, described a life spent ‘living in other people’s countries’ as she followed her husband around the Arab world and Asia. She has published two fashion histories as well as Travels in Kashmir and Damascus: hidden treasures of the old city. To be published in April, Packing Up continues the adventures of a sometimes-reluctant ‘trailing spouse’. She talks to Britain’s former ambassador to Moscow, the historian and published authority on Afghanistan Sir Rodric Braithwaite.

5.00-6.00pm ~ Edna O'Brien
with Sue MacGregor

Since her debut novel The Country Girls in 1960, Edna O’Brien has written more than 20 works of fiction plus biographies of James Joyce and Lord Byron. Her many awards include the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ulysses Medal. She talks to broadcaster Sue MacGregor about Country Girl – a memoir, now in paperback, which tells of her journey from the west of Ireland to London in the Swinging Sixties and beyond.

PHOTO CREDITS: Richard van Emden (c) Jonathan Ring; Honey & Co. (c) Patricia Niven; Charlotte Mendelson (c) Kate Eshelby; Edna O’Brien (c) Joanne O’Brien
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