The festival opens with the popular stand-up comedian Paul Kerensa giving his Ho! Ho! slant on the coming Christmas season; Christopher Nicholson, author of the acclaimed novel, Winter, talks about his latest book, Among the Summer Snows; Dr. Keith Hooper explores Charles Dickens’ links with Wiltshire and a concert by folk group, The Yirdbards, celebrates the National Trust’s wild flower meadows of Great Clattinger.
There’s a treat for those interested in art (and dog lovers) when Julia Grigg talks about her just published historical novel, The Eyes that Look: The Secret Story of Bassano’s Hunting Dogs. Set in Italy at the time of the Renaissance, the novel is a story of art and adventure and comes highly praised by Fay Weldon.
A Writers and Readers Coffee Morning, history and garden talks, fantasy fiction with Trevor Stubbs, the community lunch, a children’s puppet show and a film night complete the eclectic programme.
The festival closes on Sunday October 14 when Adrienne Howell, its founder, steps down as organiser. Best-selling author, Damien Lewis, will be the guest speaker and Adrienne launches The Fox’s Lament, a collection of short stories published by Sundial Press.