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Stratford Literary Festival – November 2018

Stratford Literary Festival 2018 

James Anthony
Shakespeare’s Sonnets Retold
Friday, 9th November | 5.45pm
Stratford Play House

Shakespeare’s sonnets are some of the nation’s favourite lines of verse, but can be difficult to understand. A former Ford production line worker, Anthony has rewritten the whole series using modern language, breathing new life into the original poems and opening them up for a modern readership, demystifying Shakespeare’s eternal poetry with provocative new translations and delightful new lines. “A dazzling success,” says Stephen Fry, who has written the foreword to Anthony’s book.

Tickets: £10

Cathy Newman
Bloody Brilliant Women
Saturday, 10th November | 6pm
Stratford Play House

The award-winning Channel 4 News presenter shares her fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t. In a free-wheeling history of modern Britain, she’ll reveal the pioneering women who defied the odds to make ground-breaking careers for themselves in the arts and sciences and altered the course of modern history and, in so doing, dismantled hostile, entrenched views about their place in society. Blending meticulous research with information gleaned from memoirs, diaries, letters, novels and other sources, she’ll share the stories of some extraordinary lives to tell the tale of 20th and 21st century Britain – a history for our times.

Tickets: £14

Lucy Worsley OBE
The Many Faces of Queen Victoria
Saturday, 10th November | 7.30pm
Stratford Play House

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth and a major BBC2 documentary, the best-selling author and historian tracks a new course through Queen Victoria’s life, examining how she transformed from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor and became one of Britain’s greatest monarchs along the way. The BBC presenter will bring her energetic insights and take us through twenty-four significant days in Victoria’s life, from her birth, her wedding, her coronation to her husband’s death, and many more in between, allowing us to see Victoria in a new light examining how she lived hour to hour.

Tickets: £14 for a single ticket

£28 for a single ticket with a signed discounted copy of the book (RRP £25)

John Simpson CBE
Moscow, Midnight
Sunday, 11th November | 7.15pm
Stratford Play House

The BBC World Affairs Editor talks about his remarkable career reporting from the world’s conflict zones, covering conspiracies, assassinations and double agents – experiences which gave him unprecedented material for his first novel, a thriller featuring the Russian underworld and a clever, old -school British journalist. John Simpson has been the BBC’s World Affairs Editor for more than half his fifty-two year career. He has reported on major events all over the world,  has twice been the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year, and has won three BAFTAs, a News and Current Affairs Award and an Emmy.

Tickets: £14

Book your tickets here and don’t forget to pop into our Stratford-upon-Avon store while you’re in town.