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25th Anniversary Event : Simon Jenkins in Wells Cathedral

Friday 29 September - 7 pm  
Tickets £15, £12.50, £10.00 / Students £10, £8.50, £6.00

England's Cathedrals
As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations we are delighted that Simon Jenkins will return to Wells to speak in one of his favourite Cathedrals about his favourite Cathedrals.  

Nick Clegg

Friday 13 October - 6.30 pm
Tickets £10, students £6   SOLD OUT

In conversation with Jonathan Rugman

Politics: Between the Extremes
For anyone fearful of the rise of populist extremism and the future of British politics this is an unmissable event.

 

Mike Brearley

Friday 13 October - 8.00 pm
Tickets £10, students £6

On Form
From English first-class cricketer turned psychoanalyst Mike Brearley, comes a thought-provoking look at being 'on form'. 

Adam Rutherford

Saturday 14 October - 12 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived:  The Stories in our Genes
Dr Rutherford separates the facts from the fallacies surrounding the field of genetics, and suggests that our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems.  

John Boyne

Saturday 14 October - 1.30 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

The Heart’s Invisible Furies ​
John Boyne has won prizes for adult and children’s fiction.  His highly acclaimed novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has sold nine million copies and was made into a Miramax feature film. 
 

Helen Stevenson and Susan Beale

The Thelma Fisher Memorial Event
Saturday 14 October - 3.30 pm  

Tickets £10, students £6

In conversation with Emma Craigie
Mark Twain's exhortation 'Write what you know’ is useful advice and it's fascinating to witness how 'knowledge' is used. Both Helen and Susan will discuss their contrasting use of memoir and memory in their work with Emma Craigie.

Alan Johnson

Saturday 14 October - 5.30 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6 SOLD OUT

Interviewed by Jackie Long

The Long and Winding Road

Alan recounts his early political skirmishes as a trades union leader, and how he came to the notice of Tony Blair and other senior figures. His honesty and authenticity - words not normally associated with politicians- are entrancing. 

Andy Hamilton

Saturday 14 October - 7.30 pm
Tickets £10, students £6   SOLD OUT

In conversation with Max Cotton
If you have giggled at Andy’s incisive, irreverent comments, on Radio 4’s News Quiz, you know that this evening will make you think hard and laugh long about the lunacy of modern times.  


 

Sarah Perry

Sunday 15 October - 2.00pm
​Tickets £10, students £6

​The Essex Serpent  ​(a special event for Book Groups)

Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent, the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award 2016, will be divulging her authorial secrets at the popular Wells Festival of Literature Book Group event. Perry, who has a PhD in creative writing, will answer questions from the book club audience, and join in the general discussion, on this highly acclaimed and successful book.

 

Gillian Clarke

Sunday 15 October - 5.30pm
Tickets £10, students £6

Zoology

The poetry in Gillian Clarke’s ninth collection Zoology evokes the Welsh landscape of her childhood, memories of her parents, the threat of war, and the richness of nature. Clarke portrays the vivid joy of the natural world pricked by an undercurrent of fear for its future; our future.
 

Write Up! Speak Up! - A Celebration of Words

Sunday 15 October - 7.00pm
Tickets £5, students £3

Write Up! Speak Up! @Wellslitfest - A Celebration of Words

Presented by Simon Parkin
This event offers local wordsmiths the chance to perform and have their own five minutes of fame; and it gives the audience a taste of the huge range of local talent we enjoy in Wells and beyond. Poets, writers, artists, thinkers ... all are welcome, and following last year’s success we look forward to another sensational evening, compered by broadcaster and presenter Simon Parkin.

 

Anne Sebba - Lunch with the Author

Monday 16 October - 12pm for 12.30pm
                                   2pm talk in the marquee 

Tickets  Lunch + Talk £24.00

Les Parisiennes – How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
The defeat of France and the German occupation that followed was a dark time in Paris, especially for women. Anne Sebba gives a voice to Les Parisiennes during these 'annees noires' whose story did not end with liberation. Their experiences, and the failure of many to adjust to the post-war world, make a moving and remarkable story.
 

Anne Sebba

Monday 16 October - 2 pm 
Tickets £10, students £6
 
Les Parisiennes – How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
The defeat of France and the German occupation that followed was a dark time in Paris, especially for women. Anne Sebba gives a voice to Les Parisiennes during these 'annees noires' whose story did not end with liberation. Their experiences, and the failure of many to adjust to the post-war world, make a moving and remarkable story.
 

John McAvoy

Monday 16 October - 6.00pm
Tickets £10, students £6

Redemption: From Iron Bars to Ironman

This fascinating and frightening autobiography is the work of former career criminal, John McAvoy. It took two spells in prison and the death of a close friend during a heist to change his path. Redemption is the ultimate story of sporting salvation.
 

Hollie McNish

Monday 16 October -  8.00pm 

Tickets £10, students £6

Plum 
Hollie is returning to Wells, her poetry readings are not to be missed! 

Tessa Hadley - Lunch with the Author

Tuesday 17 October - 12pm for 12.30pm
                                      2pm talk in the marquee 
Tickets  Lunch + Talk £24.00

Bad dreams and other stories
Tessa Hadley recruits admirers with each book.  She writes with authority, and with delicacy: she explores nuance, but speaks plainly; she is one of those writers a reader trusts” Hilary Mantel 
 

Tessa Hadley

Tuesday 17 October -  2pm  
Tickets £10  Student £6

Bad dreams and other stories
The stories in Bad Dreams and Other Stories focus on crucial moments of transition, so often imperceptible to the protagonists.   

A C Grayling

Tuesday 17 October - 6.00 pm

Tickets £10, students £6

The Age of Genius - the 17th century and the birth of the modern mind
Professor Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities and its Professor of of Philosophy is a polymath whose extensive scholarship illuminates the modern mind.

 

Daisy Goodwin

Tuesday 17 October - 8.00pm

Tickets £10, students £6

Victoria: a novel of a young queen
Scriptwriter for the acclaimed ITV series, and author of the bestselling My Last Duchess, Goodwin has drawn on Queen Victoria’s diaries, to bring to life the early years of this formidable woman's reign. 

Andrew Martin - Lunch with the Author

Wednesday 18 October - 12pm for 12.30pm
                                          2pm talk in the marquee 
Tickets  Lunch + Talk £24.00

Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of The Sleeper
This is the story of a lifelong love affair with night trains and a lament for their passing.

Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of The Sleeper
Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of The Sleeper

 

Andrew Martin

Wednesday 18 October - 2pm
Tickets £10, students £6

Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of The Sleeper
This is the story of a lifelong love affair with night trains and a lament for their passing.

Rafael Klein

Wednesday 18 October - 4.30 pm
Tickets -  Free event

Rafael will be giving an illustrated talk about his exhibition in the Cathedral and on his artists book

 

Joanna Moorhead

Wednesday 18 October - 6.00 pm

Tickets £10, students £6

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
Leonora Carrington was the last surviving member of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s.
 

June Sarpong

Wednesday 18 October - 8.00pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

Diversify

Diversify explains how easy it is, often unknowingly, to exclude those who seem different, and how these exclusions can negatively impact our social interactions. Diversify is more than a book: it's a challenge to all of us to calculate scientifically our discriminative views in order to conquer them and so stop 'otherising'.
 

Dr Scilla Elworthy - Lunch with the Author

The Simon Loveday Memorial Event
Thursday 19 October - 12pm for 12.30pm


Lunch with the Author
Tickets  Lunch + Talk £24.00

The Business Plan for Peace: Making a World without War Possible 
We need individuals like Dr Elworthy to start the work of preventing war … This has been my personal dream for many years’ – His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
 

David Goodhart

Thursday 19 October - 6.00pm
Tickets £10, students £6

The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics
David Goodhart, founding editor of Prospect magazine, who now works for the Policy Exchange think tank, and one of the most distinctive voices in British politics today, has a theory to account for the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe. 

 

Fergal Keane

Thursday 19 October - 8.00pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

Wounds - A Memoir of Love and War
How does the act of killing 'for a cause' reverberate through generations? Fergal Keane's story of murder and betrayal that tore a town apart is an attempt to find the answer.

Graham Tomlin - Lunch with the Author

Friday 20 October - 12pm for 12.30pm
                                  2.00pm talk in the marquee 
Tickets  Lunch + Talk £24.00

Luther's Gospel: Reimagining the World

Dr Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, discusses the significance of Luther's work today, providing an insight into ways of approaching contemporary issues such as sex, freedom, prayer and evil through the beliefs of a man whose ideas still speak creatively to the modern world.
 

Graham Tomlin

Friday 20 October - 2.00pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

Luther's Gospel: Reimagining the World

Dr Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, discusses the significance of Luther's work today, providing an insight into ways of approaching contemporary issues such as sex, freedom, prayer and evil through the beliefs of a man whose ideas still speak creatively to the modern world.


 

Rebecca Fraser

Friday 20 October -  5pm  
Tickets £10  Student £6

The Mayflower Generation – The Winslow Family and the Fight for the New World
Rebecca Fraser's book about the Mayflower sheds new light on a family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean and settling in the wilderness.

Michael and Anne Heseltine

Friday 20 October - 6.30 pm
Tickets £10, students £6

Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden
Michael and Anne generously allow us to share their joy as they rediscover and grow their own specialist garden.
Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden

 

Owen Sheers

Friday 20 October - 8.00pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

The Green Hollow
The Green Hollow, commissioned by the BBC to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, is a lyrical re-telling of the disaster in the voices of survivors, rescuers and villagers today. At this event Owen will read extracts and discuss the writing of this work, which has been nominated for a BAFTA and will be published by Faber & Faber in 2018.
The Green Hollow

 

Rowley Leigh and Peter Gordon in conversation with Caroline Waldegrave

Saturday 21 October - 10.30 am  
Tickets £10, students £6

Peter Gordon and Rowley Leigh in conversation with Caroline Waldegrave 
 

Helen Rappaport

Saturday 21 October - 12.00 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

In conversation with Jamie Coomarasamy 

Caught in the Revolution : Petrograd 1917

Malcolm Guite

Saturday 21 October - 1.30 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

A Visionary Landscape: Coleridge in the West Country 

Harriet Harman

Saturday 21 October - 3.30 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

Interview with Lois Rogers

A Woman’s Work

Professor Stephen Westaby

Saturday 21 October - 5.30 pm  
Tickets £10, students £6

In conversation with Dr Rachel Clarke ​
fragile lives - A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

 

Helen Czerski

https://wells.cathedral.schoolSaturday 21 October - 7.30 pm
Tickets £10, students £6


Storm in a Teacup : The Physics of Everyday Life 
Helen Czerski is a renowned physicist and popular broadcaster with the enviable knack of bringing complicated physics to life through everyday objects. 

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