Hungerford Literary Festival

on 29 September 2017.

The jewel in the crown of the town’s cultural events, the Hungerford Literary Festival 2017 runs from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th of October and is jam-packed with literary delights the whole family can enjoy.

Inspired by the theme of journeys, this year’s festival will transport us into unchartered territories, from the staggering heights of Everest to midnight interludes on a European sleeper train and a generous slice of quintessential English life.

There will also be activities where you can leave your children - hurrah! A free story writing workshop will be held on Sunday 15th October at the JOG library at 11am. Children aged 8-12 can enjoy some improvised “book spine poetry” along with other fun writing activities. Just bring a pen.

Among the highlights of the event:

Joan: The remarkable life of Joan Leigh Fermor – Sunday 15th Oct at 1.30pm

This vivid portrait of a woman overshadowed by her famous husband (travel writer Patrick leigh Fermor), depicts her talent against a background of intrigue and the precarious promiscuity of wartime Britain. Joan Leigh Fermor was a talented photographer who exquisitely captured their travels through Greece, the Caribbean islands and the jungles of central America in over 3,000 pictures and a treasure trove of letters.

Simon Fenwick will be speaking at the Town Hall on Sunday 15th Oct, tickets £7

The Village News: The truth behind England’s rural Idyll – Saturday 14th October at 11am

This fascinating and intelligent depiction of village life is far from the ordinary. Tom Fort creates a rich visual tapestry to eloquently unravel the fabric of our communities and how they have developed from over six thousand years of communal existence.

Tom Fort will be speaking at the Croft Hall on Saturday the 14th October at 11am, tickets £7

Jules Mountain Aftershock: The Quake on Everest and One Man’s Quest – Sunday 15th Oct at 7.30pm

Jules Mountain has a remarkable habit of escaping death. He survived cancer when his odds were 1 in 5 and miraculously staggered from Everest unharmed following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, escaping an avalanche that killed 22 of his fellow climbers. This is a story of extreme courage, grit, euphoria and one man’s battle to live against the odds.

Jules Mountain will be speaking at the Town Hall on Sunday 15th October at 7.30pm.

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