Literary Festival

This year’s festival (a collaboration between the bookshop and Arts for Hungerford) runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October, and is inspired by the theme of Journeys.

We’ve had great fun developing the theme of ‘Journeys’. At a time when our world seems in such a state of flux it seemed an appropriate choice – and books, as we know, are a great way to discover other lives and experiences and help us understand the world in which we live.
Emma, the bookshop


MartinBellMartin Bell OBE, one of the outstanding reporters of our time, will open the festival with his latest book War and the Death of News, which draws upon his years as a soldier and journalist, as well as his experiences as an MP and a UNICEF ambassador. We look forward to a compelling talk, as Martin shares his personal account of war, and issues an impassioned plea to put the substance back into our news.
Hungerford Croft Hall, Friday 13 October, 7.30pm


Tom Fort takes us to more tranquil territory on Saturday morning. The travel writer and historian hopped on his bike to discover the essence of village life for The Village News: The Truth Behind England’s Rural Idyll. His journeys span more than six thousand years and, interspersed with historical analysis, we discover Tom’s personal memories of village life.

Hungerford Croft Hall, Saturday 14 October, 11.00am

debi evans roloChildren’s writer Debi Evans will be at the bookshop signing copies of Jewel Dog and the Dragons, with her dog that inspired her time-travelling series featuring the loveable Jack Russell, Rolo. Where will his new set of adventures take him?

Hungerford Bookshop, Saturday 14 October, 11.00am


Sunday Times writer Jonathan Dean as he traces his remarkable family history in I Must Belong Somewhere, which draws parallels between the thirties and present-day refugee crisis and tells the stories of the author’s great-grandfather and grandfather; each of whom was forced to flee his country and forge a new life elsewhere.

Hungerford Croft Hall, Saturday 14 October, 1.30pm

sleeperCrime novelist and railway historian, Andrew Martin, relives the golden age of sleeper trains by using modern-day equivalents (becoming embroiled in his very own ‘whodunit’ on the way). Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used night trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence – the reality could often be as thrilling.

Hungerford Croft Hall, Saturday 14 October, 3.30pm

AlSawdayOn Saturday evening, Alastair Sawday, founder of the hugely successful Sawdays Guides, will talk about his travel experiences and encounters with remarkable, and often eccentric, guests and hotel owners as depicted in his hugely enjoyable memoir Travelling Light. Ticket-holders will be able to book supper beforehand, cooked by The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat, recent winners of Sawdays Local, Seasonal & Organic Produce Award 2017.
Hungerford Croft Hall, Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm

DebPbooksThe adventure continues on Sunday with a children’s writing workshop led by local writers Nicola Chester and Deborah Patterson. Attending children will be encouraged to hunt down interesting titles in the library to create ‘book spine poetry’ before writing their own adventure story.

John O’Gaunt School Library, Sunday 15 October, 11.00am


Simon Fenwick will be talking to Elinor Goodman about Joan Leigh Fermor; an extraordinary woman who travelled widely and lived life at full tilt, no matter what the consequences. Joan is a riveting portrait of a marriage and a milieu, revealing the sexual and intellectual mores of that wartime generation.

Hungerford Town Hall, Sunday 15 October, 1.30pm

NickHuntNick Hunt, who followed in Joan’s famous husband Patrick Leigh Fermor’s footsteps, will return to Hungerford to talk about Where the Wild Winds Are. This book explores Europe’s local winds to discover how they affect landscapes, cultures and people. After his talk, Nick will announce the winner of the adult travel writing competition.

Hungerford Town Hall, Sunday 15 October, 3.30pm

aftershockbetterThe final stage of the journey features maverick climber Jules Mountain – a cancer survivor who conquered an Everest avalanche. Wanting to prove to himself that his illness was no barrier, the author decided to climb the mountain on what turned out to be the deadliest day in Everest’s history. His inspirational story of survival, resourcefulness and dedication, Aftershock, rounds off the weekend’s journey through time, people and places.
Hungerford Town Hall, Sunday 15 October, 7.30pm


For your passport to these events head to www.ArtsForHungerford.Com to purchase tickets,

or buy them from the Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480).

The Hungerford Literary Festival owes great thanks to its lead sponsor, Dick Lovett BMW & Mini. It also thanks all other supporters including David Wilson Homes, Chilton Estate, Bruce MacFarlane, Greenham Trust, Hungerford Town & Manor, and Hungerford Town Council.







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