Buxton Festival Literary Weekend

Baking, booze and banter all feature in the second Buxton Festival Literary Weekend, which takes place from 13–15 November in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton.

Highlights of the packed literary event include historian David Starkey who is certain to have strong opinions on the impact of Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary. Following his popular appearance at last year’s Buxton Festival, Gyles Brandreth returns to indulge in a spot of witty Word Play.

In Walking Away, poet Simon Armitage talks about his walking tours of the coastal fringes of Britain’s south west, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish. John Julius Norwich explains the enigma at the heart of Sicily, covering everything from erupting volcanoes to the assassination of Byzantine emperors, from Nelson’s affair with Emma Hamilton to Garibaldi and the rise of the Mafia.

As The Great British Bake Off gets into full swing on the television, we welcome 2013 Bake Off favourite Howard Middleton who will be revealing the secrets of gluten-free cookery. Meanwhile John Aitchison talks about 20 years as a wildlife cameraman and the journeys of discovery on which his work took him. Historian Andrea Wulf delves into the story of scientific pioneer Alexander von Humboldt, a man who explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world’s highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Ruth Ball, founder of Alchemist Dreams, a company dedicated to making handmade liqueurs blended to order, presents a delicious history of the secret, exciting and often dangerous world of illicit spirits.

As well as events in the Arts Centre, the Old Hall Hotel plays host to the popular Literary Lunch, which features a strong Derbyshire flavour with talks from Chatsworth housekeeper Christine Robinson; Derbyshire-based thriller novelist Sarah Ward; and biographer Laura Thompson discussing her insight into the lives of the Mitford sisters.

Tickets for all these events are available from the Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190 or online at buxtonfestival.co.uk

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