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What's on at Sherborne Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:19 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19 09 October 2019

Ziauddin Yousafzai with his Nobel Prize winning daughter Malala

Ziauddin Yousafzai with his Nobel Prize winning daughter Malala

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Sherborne Literary Festival is taking place this month, which celebrates authors from here in Dorset and further afield - and there is an exciting line-up of talks and workshops that need to be in the diary of every discerning book lover.

23 OCTOBER

RAYNOR WINN:THE SALT PATH

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they decide to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset. A life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world (2pm).

Raynor Winn, The Salt PathRaynor Winn, The Salt Path

KIRSTY WARK:THE HOUSE BY THE LOCH

Inspired in part by Kirsty's own childhood memories, this is a story, that begins in 1950s Scotland, about the bonds between generations and the devastating consequences of family secrets (11am).

Kirsty Wark, House by the LochKirsty Wark, House by the Loch

MAX HASTINGS: CHASTISE, THE DAMBUSTERS STORY

The critically acclaimed military historian explores one the RAF's greatest feats of arms of 1943 (7pm).

Max Hastings, Chastise: The Dambusters StoryMax Hastings, Chastise: The Dambusters Story

24 OCTOBER

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE EDGE

Paul Williams reveals how he combatted PTSD by taking up wildlife photography, saving his life one frame at a time (11am).

Paul Williams reveals how wildlife photography saved his mental healthPaul Williams reveals how wildlife photography saved his mental health

JONATHAN SCOTT:THE VINYL FRONTIER

In 1977, a group of scientists, artists and writers gathered in a house in Ithaca, New York to work on the most important mix tape ever conceived, from Earth to the Cosmos. Jonathan Scott tells the story of the Voyager Golden Record (2pm).

Jonathan Scott, The Vinyl FrontierJonathan Scott, The Vinyl Frontier

ZIAUDDIN YOUSAFZAI:LET HER FLY

For over 20 years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality - first for Malala, his daughter who was shot for standing up to the Taliban by continuing to go to her father's school - and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Let Her Fly looks at what it means to love, to have courage and why we must keep fighting for the rights of girls and women everywhere (7pm).

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Let Her FlyZiauddin Yousafzai, Let Her Fly

25 OCTOBER

PRAVDA HA HA:TRUE TRAVELS TO THE END OF EUROPE

An unsettling, poignant and darkly comic exposé of Putin's Russia and European disintegration from the acclaimed author of Stalin's Nose. MacLean explores how opportunists - from Putin to Home Counties populists - have made a joke of truth and examines the veracity of historical narrative from reportage to fiction to fake news and chronicles the collapse of the European dream (11am).

Rory Maclean, PravadaRory Maclean, Pravada

LIBBY PAGE: THE LIDO

One of the books on The Sunday Times Top Ten best-seller list, this novel, by local author Libby Page, revolves around the community who use the local lido. It is a place which brings together Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners and outdoor swimmers who make a stand when their lido is threatened with closure (2pm).

Libby Page, The LidoLibby Page, The Lido

PEOPLE OF THE RAINFOREST:THE VILLAS BOAS' BROTHERS EXPLORER AND HUMANITARIANS OF THE AMAZON

The three dashing Villas Boas brothers became Brazil's most famous explorers. They used their fame, throughout the second half of the 20th century, to champion a series of indigenous tribes (four of which they contacted for the first time). They achieved the first gigantic reserve to protect them and their Amazonian rivers and rainforests. John Hemming knew the brothers well, and has visited and written about tribal peoples all over Brazil. Like the Villas Bôas, he has cut into unexplored forests and been at first contact of four tribes (7pm).

John Hemming, People of the RainforestJohn Hemming, People of the Rainforest

WORKSHOPS

24 OCTOBER

DIANA CAMBRIDGE: WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

The award-winning journalist and author Diana Cambridge is the Literary Festival's Writer-In-Residence for 2019, offering a 30 minute pre-booked writing clinic.

10am - 6pm, tickets £25 for a 30 minute session.

25 OCTOBER

MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP

Learn to free your natural creativity at this unique writing workshop lead by writer and musican Tom George, who has a special interest in wellbeing and mental health. The workshop includes guided meditation and advice on incorporating mindfulness into your life and creative practice. Any sharing of work is voluntary and non-judgemental. 10am to 4pm, tickets £40 / max 20 people.

LET'S GO!

Sherborne Literary Festival runs from 23 - 25 October. All events take place at The Merritt Centre at Sherborne Girls School. Buy tickets for individual events from £8 or opt for a day ticket £25 or three day ticket £70. Buy tickets online sherborneliterarysociety.com/festival

or at Sherborne Tourist Information Centre on Digby Road.

Sherborne Literary Festival 2019Sherborne Literary Festival 2019

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