When: October 10th-19th, 2008
What: the famous festival is 59-years-old this year and the theme is family and how it shapes who we are. In this year’s literary line-up, truly literary icons, such as Toni Morrison, (who has won almost every major literary honour, including the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize) and Man Booker Prize winners rub shoulders with the finest classically trained actors, whilst top class comedians appear alongside leading political figures. With more than 450 writers and over 350 events this promises to be an exhilarating ten day celebration of the written word. There is also an extensive children's and family program, and Creative Writing sessions for writers.
Who else?: Attenborough, Louis de Bernieres, Charley Boorman, William Boyd, Menzies Campbell, Dan Cruickshank, Jonathan Dimbleby, Monty Don, Michael Frayn, Susan Greenfield, David Guterson, Michael Holroyd, Jeremy Isaacs, James Kelman, David Lodge, Ben Macintyre, Alexander McCall Smith, Roger Moore, Kate Muir, Julia Neuberger, Chris Patten, Tom Paulin, John Prescott, Ruth Rendell, Simon Schama, Asne Seierstad, Anita Shreve, Rick Stein, Eoin Colfer, Julia Donaldson, Charlie Higson, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson. Many, many more.
Cost: tickets for individual events - from £4 upwards.
Tel: 01242 227979
Video below of Toni Morrison's recent Time interview.