Buxton hosts Books Weekend

There’s  a great line up of literary personalities – each with a fascinating tale to tell – at Buxton Festival’s third annual Books Weekend.

The event, which runs from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 includes an evening with TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle, talking about his life and career and his love of the classic Land Rover.

Broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg will present his spectacular historical novel, Now Is The Time, based around the events of the Peasants’ Revolt. The book, which took 15 years to complete, is an imaginative telling of the events of 1381

Former National Trust chairman Simon Jenkins will talk about the beauty and history of England’s cathedrals, and columnist Matthew Parris will discuss the art of the put-down.

One of the great untold stories of the Second World War – how the Minister of Food fed the nation – is the subject of William Sitwell’s Eggs or Anarchy.

And for Germaine Greer, 36 years on from The Female Eunuch, the subject hasn’t changed.

In her talk, The Disappearing Woman, she points out that when you open any newspaper you find that news is still made by men in suits. She attempts to explain this state of affairs and to suggest some strategies for change.

For those looking for insights into the quirky, popular science comedian Helen Keen, of BBC Radio 4’s It Is Rocket Science, turns a humorous eye on the science of Game of Thrones.

Finally, there’s the ever-popular Literary Lunch at the Old Hall Hotel, featuring biographer Matthew Dennison on the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. Critic and author Marina Warner will also delve into the world of the fairy tale.

During the weekend, there’s the prize-giving for Buxton Festival’s annual Poetry Competition.

For further details ogo to buxtonfestival.co.uk where you can also book tickets.