Audio recordings of some highlights from our 2022 Literary Festival for you to listen to again or enjoy if you couldn’t be there.  To listen (free of charge) just click on the small arrow beside each event listing. Please share them with your friends and family and be sure to sign up for our newsletter below so you’re one of the first to know about our future Literary Festival events.

Michael Morpurgo and Victoria Hislop with Nicolette Jones

When Fishes Flew & Maria’s Island

Nina Stibbe with Cathy Rentzenbrink

One Day I Shall Astonish the World

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

Did I Say That Out Loud: Notes on the Chuff of Life

James Fox with Julia Wheeler

The World According to Colour: A Cultural History

Keith Brymer Jones with Nicolette Jones

Boy in a China Shop: Life, Clay and Everything

Robert Hardman with Rowan Pelling

Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II

Adam Nicolson

The Sea is Not Made of Water: Life Between the Tides

Iain Dale and Tom Tugendhat MP with Andy Bell

Political Leaders: Past, Present and Future

Short Story Competition Reading - read by Rachel Sellers

Sophia - winner age 7-9

Short Story Competition Reading - read by Rachel Sellers

Nadesh - winner age 10-13

Grateful thanks to our Friends of the Festival and our Sponsors

Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership founded in Scotland in 1908. The firm focuses on long-term growth investing, in some of the world’s most exciting companies. Baillie Gifford supports a variety of initiatives in the arts, academia and local communities close to its global offices. In the literary world, Baillie Gifford sponsors a number of UK literary festivals and is the lead sponsor of the UK’s leading non-fiction prize, The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

Previous Years’ Authors, Books, Workshops and Podcasts

Click on the buttons below to see the highlights and listen to podcasts of previous years’ events. We have hosted many engaging authors and experts such as Ian Rankin, Maggie O Farrell, Peter James, Rev. Richard Coles, Adam Kay, Anna Pasternak, Joanne Harris, Diana Henry, Sandy Gall, Kate Mosse, Evan Davis and more.

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