Ways with Words, Dartington

Literary titans, comedians and politicians – just some of those at Ways With Words at Dartington

Ways with Words, Dartington

The Ways With Words line up includes ‘literary titans, comedians, economists, environmentalists, historians, Turner prize-winning artists, sports legends and politicians’, who will gather to speak at this year’s 10-day, event which runs from July 9 to July 19s.

It’s the 19th year of Ways With Words at Dartington, and over 15,000 visitors are excepted to attend the 150 events on offer. Highlights of the programme will include Martin Amis on his 12th novel The Pregnant Widow and Ian McEwan on Solar.

Veteran crime writer PD James is making a rare appearance in her 90th year to be interviewed on stage by friend and fellow author Penelope Lively.

Former poet laureate Andrew Motion will talk about his forthcoming sequel to Treasure Island and Alice Oswald’s prize-winning collection of poems, Dart, will be performed accompanied by a choir.

Turner Prize winning artists Richard Long and Martin Creed will take audiences into their creative worlds .

Journalists Martin Bell, Kate Adie, Michael Buerk and John Lanchester will attempt to shed some light on everything from MPs expenses to why we are in financial freefall. And Labour and Liberal grandees Roy Hattersley and Shirley Williams will put into context a new, post-election political dawn.

Comedian Richard Herring talk about why at age 40 he is far from grown up and funny man Jeremy Hardy will offer two hours of stand up.

Lady Antonia Fraser will be talking about her 30-year marriage to late husband, playwright Harold Pinter. Melvyn Bragg will be sharing highlights of his time as host of The South Bank Show from its first series featuring Paul McCartney in 1978 to its controversial end earlier this year. Twenty years on from his capture in Beirut, ex-hostage Brian Keenan will talk about his life experiences. Margaret Drabble will go through the literary landscape of Britain. Amanda Foreman will join other historians to discuss what our past can teach us today.

Bestselling novelists Tracy Chevalier, Fay Weldon, Naomi Alderman, Marina Lewycka, Barbara Trapido, Allison Pearson, Rachel Billington and Jane Gardam will also head this year’s fiction writers line-up.

Psychologist Oliver James will propose that parents need a step by step guide on how to love their children, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall will ask what makes a marriage work and Giles Coren will offer up a lesson in anger management. Added into this mix will be a secular, Sunday service on ‘Frugality’ from The School of Life group.

Coinciding with the World Cup Final, Ways With Words will also become the most cultured spot in Britain to watch the big match as a screen will be erected in the 14thC Great Hall and writers and footie fans Blake Morrison, John Lanchester and rugby legend Brian Moore will provide live commentary.

Described as ‘The Glyndebourne of literature festivals’, the full line up and more information about the Ways With Words’ Dartington festival can be found on the website.