Tuesday, 14 June 2011

English Heritage Festival of History + Festival of Historical Literature: DO NOT MISS!

HWA/Kelmarsh - authors appearing

What: THE HWA inaugural FESTIVAL OF HISTORICAL LITERATURE –  in partnership with English Heritage
Where: Kelmarsh Hall Estate, north of Northampton. NN6. The entry is on the A508, close to its junction with the A14. – See the Kelmarsh website for details of access: http://www.kelmarsh.com/
When: 16th and 17th of July 2011
Who: The HWA, in partnership with English Heritage, bring you our first Festival of Historical Literature.
Imagine a pavilion set in the middle of a battlefield.  Then imagine it set in the middle of three battlefields… of different eras, with different weapons and different armies and different rules of engagement.  Imagine the spitfire fly-past and the military parade that takes in battalions from the dark ages through to the second world war.   This is the English Heritage Festival of History at Kelmarsh: one of the biggest festivals of living history in the country, and now one of the biggest festivals of historical literature. 
The full schedule is laid out in detail below, but spread over two days, we will have a combination of debates: (‘What did the Romans do for us?’  Manda Scott vs Tony Riches); author panels: (‘Criminal History’ Andrew Taylor and others; ‘Great Battles of History’: Simon Scarrow and friends; ‘Myths and Legends through the Ages’ – Robyn Young and others); dual and single author events (‘The Vikings are Coming!’ Rob Low and Giles Kristian; ‘Warhorse’ Michael Morpurgo interviewed by Nick Clee; Michelle Paver) that will make this a weekend to remember for all concerned.
As well as the lecture pavilion, there will, of course, be a signing tent packed full of books, a ‘Green Room’ for authors to gather before their events – and a Hospitality Tent where readers can meet their favourite authors in less formal surroundings.
The events will be ticketed to monitor numbers, but the tickets will be freeYou pay to enter Kelmarsh, but there is NO extra charge for the literary festival.
For those who want to explore the rest of the weekend’s events, the English Heritage website will have increasing details as we approach the date: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/festival-of-history-2011/

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


SATURDAY 16 JULY
 
10.30 – 11.30
THE ROMANS – WHAT DID THEY DO FOR US?
Debate format
Manda Scott vs Anthony Riches
 
11.40 – 12.40
SEX AND POWER: Love and Lovers Through  The Ages
Karen Maitland
Jim Burge
Sarah Gristwood
Kate Williams
 
12.50 – 13.50
MYTHS IN HISTORY: the Truth Behind the Legends
Robyn Young
Angus Donald
Imogen Robertson
Tom Harper
 
14.00   - 15.00
WAR HORSE
Michael Morpurgo
Nick Clee (interviewer)
 
15.10 – 16.10
THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!
Robert Low
Giles Kristian
 
16.20 – 17.20
GREAT BATTLES OF HISTORY
Saul David
Tom Holland
Simon Scarrow
CC Humphreys

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SUNDAY 17 JULY
 
10.30 – 11.30
PAX ROMANA: THE HEIGHT OF ROMAN RULE
Doug Jackson
Harry Sidebottom
John Stack
Ruth Downie
 
11.40 – 12.40
‘WHAT WOMEN WORE – AND WHY’
Hallie Rubenhold
Laura Wilson
Lesley Downer
 
12.50 – 13.50
ROMANS VS VIKINGS
Simon Scarrow
Robert Low
 
14.00 – 15.00
MICHELLE PAVER  - solo event
 
15.10 – 16.10
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Andrew Taylor
Rory Clements
Judith Cutler
Mike Jecks
 
16.20 – 17.20
GREAT HEROES OF HISTORY
Ben Kane
Manda Scott
Adrian Goldsworthy
Giles Kristian

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