Warwick Words Literary Festival is turning itself into Warwick Words History Festival.
Festival Executive Director Helen Meeke explained, ‘Our history events have always proved very popular and because many recently published books have been about history, we decided to transform this year’s main festival into Warwick Words History Festival. We will still host authors and guest speakers at morning coffee, afternoon tea, twilight and evening events in the beautiful historic buildings of Warwick, but our focus this year will be history and historical writing, fact and fiction.’
The brand new Warwick Words History Festival will celebrate the history and literature of Warwick itself and the county of Warwickshire, and will showcase history-themed topics from further afield.
Historians, politicians and writers welcomed by the Festival will include Alison Weir, Juliet Barker, familiar face from TV Dr Janina Ramirez, Tom Holland, Chris Skidmore, Taylor Downing, Marcus Berkman and Jacqueline Riding.
The Festival is also developing an education project ‘Warwick Revisited’ which will be made up of talks, walks, workshops, music and songs, all drawing on the history of the town. Local historians and writers featured in the programme include Graham Sutherland, Anne Langley, David Howe, Dr Christine Hodgetts, Julie Moores, Trevor Langley and Graham Downie.
Many of the Festival events will be talking place at Warwick’s Lord Leycester Hospital and Master Gerald Lesinski will be talking about its history and its gardens.
There will also be a Special Event on Friday 16 September when popular poet Pauline Prior Pitt makes a return visit to Warwick Words.
Warwick Words History Festival takes place 3 – 9 October 2016.
‘Warwick Revisited’ events will take place in the run-up to the Festival.
The full Festival programme and ‘Warwick Revisited’ programme will be available in July.