We’re spending the next few weeks looking back to previous festivals (with more than a hint of nostalgia for normal life!) in order to celebrate the wonderful guests who have graced our stage in the past and their brilliant works.
This week we have compiled the works of some of our guests from our 2015. Enjoy…
Simpson & I by Oggy Boytchev
Oggy Boytchev is a journalist and author. In 2015 he came to our festival to talk about his book ‘Simpson & I’ which documents Oggy’s turbulent, yet highly successful, working relationship with the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, and lifts the lid on the untold stories behind some of the most memorable reports ever to appear on BBC News.
Esther Freud is an author and one of our festival patrons. She visited us in 2015 to talk about ‘Mr Mac and Me’, a luminous novel set in wartime all about the unlikely friendship between a young lad and the artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Solvitur Ambulando by Jim Nind
Jim Nind is a Felixstowe-based artist, writer, and academic. His work draws upon the experience of being out there, under the light of the sky, wandering the coastal margins and responding to the pull of the sea. Jim’s book, Solvitur Ambulando, combines his fine art photographs with a related prose-poem sequence, based upon the walk from Felixstowe to the fishing and boating hamlet known as Felixstowe Ferry.
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
One of this country’s best-loved novelists, Patrick’s novel Notes From An Exhibition, which sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone.A bold departure from his previous works, ‘A Place Called Winter’ is a searching, personal historical novel based on a true story in Patrick’s own family history.
Everyman’s Castle: the story of our cottages, country houses, terraces, flats, semis and bungalows by Philippa Lewis
Philippa Lewis has worked as a picture editor, photographer and writer. She founded and, until its recent transfer to English Heritage, ran the Edifice Architectural Photo Library, which compounded her enthusiasm for British Domestic architecture, from the grandest to the scruffiest. Everyman’s Castle combines social and architectural history making for a fascinating read.
Lesley Glaister is the prize-winning author of thirteen novels, including Little Egypt, which won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014. A gripping, eery and darkly humourous novel about two sisters and their life in their decaying family home.
2015 was another excellent and varied year – alongside the guests mentioned above we were visited by many other fascinating writers and speakers. You can peruse the entire 2015 for further ideas for things to read here.
Take care everyone and keep on reading!