Literary Deck Chair at Ways With Words

Ways With Words now in its 21st year

Literary Deck Chair at Ways With Words
Literary deck chair. Picture: © Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Telegraph Ways With Words Festival of Words and Ideas arrives at picturesque Dartington Hall on Friday, July 6. Local, national and international names in literature, history, broadcasting and journalism will flock to the 10-day event, now in its 21st year.

The festival boasts huge household names including Hilary Mantel who will disinter the Tudor period, setting for Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to her Man Booker winning novel Wolf Hall. Julian Clary and Joan Bakewell will add a helping of humour to proceedings while Michael Palin tells The Truth about his new novel of the same name. Tom Watson MP will speak on the media storm surrounding the Leveson Enquiry while MP David Lammy discusses the explosive UK riots.

The festival holds innovation and open-mindedness at its core and the list of compelling speakers reflects this. Go back to basics with Kim Sayer’s talk on the famous Corthworthy allotments scheme and learn how to live off the land. Simon Goldhill will urge his audience to look Beyond The Page as he delves into the lives of Freud, Wordsworth and the Brontë sisters. Taste buds will be tantalised at Tom Parker-Bowles’ Let’s Eat event and thoughts will be cast on the highs and lows of returning home with Monique Roffey.

Firm favourite Lindsey Hilsum was called away to Libya but she will now be interviewed live from the front line in Tripoli, the day after the General Elections. This exciting live link up will see Michael Buerk interview her from the Great Hall, providing an international platform for this cutting-edge event; a real first for the festival.

Many events have now sold out, but can still be bought on the day by avid fans who can wait in the stand-by queues.

Two new additions have been announced to this year’s programme. Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer will discuss his new novel The Brave as well as his recovery from kidney failure, which prevented him from speaking at last year’s festival. A warm welcome will also be extended to Nikita Lalwani, who has followed her 2007 long-listed Booker prize novel The Gifted with The Village, which depicts a BBC film crew documenting life in an open prison in a rural Indian village.