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Southwold Literature Festival 7 – 11 November 2013

Ways With Words

Dates for your Diary: Words by the Water in the Lake District 7 – 16 March 2014

Holiday Courses with Ways With Words Be Creative, Be Imaginative, Be Thoughtful – Fingals, Dittisham, Devon or just have a good rest at Villa Pia, Umbria, Italy Writing and Art Course and Discussion Workshops Week one: 21 – 28 Sept. 2013 Week two: 28 Sept. – 5 Oct. 2013

A Reading Holiday 25 - 29 November 2013

Ways With Words at Dartington Hall, Devon 4 – 14 July 2014 Writing Course with a Photography Component 18 – 23 May 2014

And back in Southwold, Suffolk The Southwold Literature Festival 6 – 10 November 2014

Both places have a swimming pool, inspiring landscapes, lovely local walks and delicious food. All abilities are catered for. All activities are optional.

Hurry on over to Ways With Words

Ways With Words is delighted that Waterstones is our Official Bookselling Partner and that Waterstones, Norwich will be running the festival bookshop.

Peter Snow

David Sainsbury

George Orwell, Writer and Rebel, Son of Southwold

Britain and America: A Special Relationship?

Fair Capitalism

1) 1.30pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 Professor Robert Colls of De Montfort University leads a journey through the many twists and turns of Orwell’s life and thought, from the precocious satirist at Eton and the imperial policeman in Burma, to down and out on the streets of Paris and London and on the road to Wigan pier. His home town, Southwold, was a major influence in his life.

2) 3.15pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 Two hundred years ago the US president and his wife had just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the British entered and set fire to the place. Peter Snow former Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent for ITN, presenter of BBC’s Newsnight and an indispensable part of election nights, tells the story with his usual enthusiasm and vigour.

3) 5pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 The cornerstone of the political economy of Progressive Capitalism is a belief in capitalism which incorporates the use of social justice, defined as fairness. David Sainsbury was Chairman of J. Sainsbury plc from 1992–1998. He became Lord Sainsbury of Turville in October 1997. He is the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Thursday Day Ticket : £27


Robert Colls


Simon Loftus

Simon Thurley

Matthew d’Ancona

The Invention of Memory, An Irish Family Scrapbook

Architecture and Aspirations

Con-Dem Nation

4) 10am St Edmund’s Hall £11 Simon Loftus is the former Chairman of Adnams and the author of several celebrated books on wine, food, travel and social history. His latest, ‘The Invention of Memory’ blends a memoir of his own family with an episodic history of Ireland over the span of eleven generations - exploring the ambiguities of memory and story-telling.

Friday Day Ticket : £45

5) 11.45am St Edmund’s Hall £11 From awe-inspiring Norman castles to East End skyscrapers, architectural historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage, Simon Thurley, explores with rich drawings, photographs and maps, how the buildings of Britain have evolved over a thousand years, uncovering the beliefs, ideas and aspirations of the people.

6) 1.30pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 Matthew d’Ancona is former Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Editor of The Spectator. In his book, ‘In It Together’, he reveals the inside story of Britain’s coalition government. With unprecedented access to the major players, from David Cameron and George Osborne to Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg, he explores the truth behind key relationships, U-turns, warring and shifts in policies inside the corridors of Whitehall and Number 10. He gives his views on the present position and how we got here.

© Francesco Guidicini

On Friday 8 November from 6.30pm - 8pm Adnams invites all festival-goers to call in to the Cellar & Kitchen Store on Victoria Street for a drinks reception and a chance to browse round the store. Perfect for Christmas.

Barry Norman

Simon Heffer

Life, Love and Loss

Transformation in the 1880s

7) 3.15pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 As front man of the BBC’s film programme for 25 years, Barry Norman has become something of a national treasure. He is known to us all for his astute film critiques and as one of the nation’s most enduring broadcasters. Hear him talk in candid, witty and moving terms about not only his life on camera but his life off camera, especially his long and loving marriage to the late author Diana Narracott.

Friday Day Ticket : £45

8) 5pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 England in the 1880s was a powerhouse of change, transformed not just by industrialisation but by new attitudes to learning, to politics and to society. Politicians and social activists, writers and thinkers fundamentally remade the country, its institutions and its mindset. Simon Heffer, author and journalist, who has held senior positions on The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and The Daily Mail, explores this process of transformation.


Adnams’ Cellar & Kitchen Store


Penelope Lively

Allan Ahlberg

Unfamiliar Destinations

A Life In Stories

9) 10am St Edmund’s Hall £11 Booker prize-winner and one of our bestloved British writers reflects on old age, life in the 20th century, memory, reading and writing in a “not quite” memoir. Penelope Lively talks to festival director Kay Dunbar: “One of the few advantages of age is that you can report on it with a certain authority; you are a native now, and know what goes on here.”

Saturday Day Ticket : £45

10) 11.45am St Edmund’s Hall £11 In partnership with his late wife, the illustrator Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg wrote some of the best-loved children’s books in the world. ‘Peepo!’, ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’, ‘Burglar Bill’ and many more have permeated the national imagination. He charts an enchanted and remarkable life, beginning with adoption, migration to the Black Country, jobs as a gravedigger, postman and plumber’s mate before he began to write, captivate and enchant.

Thrilling The Reader

Salley Vickers

Mysterious Writing 11) 1.30pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 There is something special about the medieval Cathedral of Chartres and the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning. No one quite knows where she came from. Salley Vickers, author of the celebrated ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’, discusses her new novel - a compelling story of tragedy, second chances and the power of the past.

Saturday Day Ticket : £45

12) 3.15pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 Robert Harris has been a reporter on the BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama programmes, Political Editor of The Observer, and a columnist on The Sunday Times. He is the author of five non-fiction books in addition to his bestselling fiction (including ‘Fatherland’, ‘Pompeii’, ‘Enigma’). His latest book is ‘An Officer and A Spy’, a gripping historical thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted. He explains the process of researching and writing his books.

Robert Harris and Gill Hornby

Writing Duo 13) 5pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 Robert Harris’ and Gill Hornby’s new novels are worlds apart – one a tale of 19th century political corruption and intelligence agencies gone rogue; the other a microcosmic study of friendships, betrayals, power in the community around a school. The writing couple discuss their varied styles, motivations, inspirations and passions.


Robert Harris


Hermione Lee

Roy Hattersley

Kate Adie

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

The Devonshires: A Family and a Nation

The Legacy of Women in World War One

14) 10am St Edmund’s Hall £11 Penelope Fitzgerald was a great English writer, who would never have described herself in such grand terms. Her life, spanning most of the twentieth century, was as intriguing and varied as her fiction. In this first full biography of Fizgerald, Prof. Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a renowned literary biographer, tells a story that moves from a Bishop’s Palace to a sinking barge, and from obscurity to renown in later life.

15) 11.30am St Edmund’s Hall £11 Follow the story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire and you see the political, social and cultural history of England from the Peasant’s Revolt in 1381 to the end of the Tory government in 1906. It is the story of a dynasty that includes scientists, soldiers, patrons, politicians, builders, philanderers, and powerful women. Lord Hattersley, author, journalist, and long-serving Labour politician, tells their story.

16) 1.30pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 In l914 the world changed forever. When World War One broke out and a generation of men went off to fight, women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives. Former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie charts the seismic move towards equal rights that began a century ago. She asks what these pioneering women achieved for future generations.

Sunday Day Ticket : £45 (not including event 19)

Rose Tremain

Christopher Matthew

Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

Merivel: A Man of His Time

Literary Dinner – Bourgeois Mishaps

18) 5pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 Rose Tremain, author of ‘Restoration’, ‘The Road Home’ and ‘Trespass’, discusses her new historical novel set in seventeenthcentury England in which Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to King Charles II, sets off for the French court of Versailles in search of a fresh start. Rose Tremain talks of the research and inspiration that fuels her writing.

19) 7 for 7.30pm The Swan Hotel £50 Christopher Matthew is good at making people laugh. He has written many books that do just that; some of them are pastiches of well known books (like ‘Now we are Sixty’ and ‘Summoned by Balls’). Now he has published a set of poems called ‘The Man Who Dropped the Le Creuset on His Toe - And Other Bourgeois Mishaps’. He’ll read, talk and, of course, make more laughter.

17) 3.15pm St Edmund’s Hall £11 In ‘Falling Upwards’ biographer Richard Holmes tells the story of those who first risked their lives to take to the air. Writing about the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in the 1780s and the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s, Holmes offers a subtle portrait of human endeavour and vision.

Sunday Day Ticket : £45 (not including event 19)


Richard Holmes

Jeremy Paxman


Great Britain’s Great War: 21) 12noon St Edmund’s Church All people staying at The Swan or The Crown on a literary package will receive a complimentary copy of Jeremy Paxman’s latest book (RRP £25) Non-resident tickets: £25 - to include entry ticket and a copy of the book £11 - without the book

Alan Johnson

My Life 20) 10.30am St Edmund’s Church £11 The early years of the man who would be Home Secretary were fraught with difficulties. Alan Johnson’s memoirs track his life as an orphan in post-war Britain. His amazing story plays out through London slums to Kings Road and Chelsea in the 60s, through the time of rock and roll to the beginning of his career as a Labour politician. Please note this event takes place in St Edmund’s Church.

Using first-hand material, Jeremy Paxman brings to life the day-to-day experience of the British during WW1, and asks why did we fight it so willingly and how did we endure it for so long? Hear Paxman explain, on this year’s Armistice Day, how life and identity in Britain were utterly transformed by the Great War. Please note this event takes place in St Edmund’s Church.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS Ways With Words (WWW) reserves the right without prior warning to alter the programme if circumstances dictate. For full details of our policy on event cancellations, ticket refunds, exchanges and re-sales please refer to the website LOST TICKETS: Please take great care of your tickets. WWW will not replace lost tickets. No unauthorised photographing or recording of events.


Ways With Words offers half-board (dinner, B&B) packages inclusive of tickets at both the Swan Hotel and the Crown Hotel in Southwold. The Swan package is for 4 nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) and includes tickets for all events during the festival and the literary dinner. The Crown package is for 4 nights (as Swan above) or 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) including tickets for all events on Sat, Sun & Mon and the literary dinner. Each person on a package will receive a copy of Jeremy Paxman’s book (RRP £25), and in each room there will be discount vouchers to the value of £50 for use in Adnams’ Hotels and the Wine Cellar and Kitchen Store. Packages can be booked at any time using the form opposite or by telephone 01803 867373 (NB. The Ways With Words office will have limited opening during August.) Both hotels are offering a free dinner for guests wishing to stay on Wednesday 6th and/or Monday 11th. Please phone the hotel where you are staying quoting ‘WWW 5th Night’. Swan Hotel: 01502 722186 Crown Hotel: 01502 722275 These must be booked in advance.


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Event 1) Robert Colls 2) Peter Snow 3) David Sainsbury All-day Thursday 4) Simon Loftus 5) Simon Thurley 6) Matthew d’Ancona 7) Barry Norman 8) Simon Heffer All-day Friday 9) Penelope Lively 10) Allan Ahlberg 11) Salley Vickers 12) Robert Harris 13) Harris & Hornby All-day Saturday 14) Hermione Lee 15) Roy Hattersley 16) Kate Adie 17) Richard Holmes 18) Rose Tremain All-day Sunday 19) Literary Dinner - C. Matthew 20) Alan Johnson 21) Jeremy Paxman + book Jeremy Paxman


Prices are per person sharing twin / double. Please circle the package you would like. Swan Crown Crown 4 night 4 night 3 night Classic £663 607 454 single occ. £900 N/A N/A Superior £715 £652 £487 Premier £785 £699 £523 Single Room £727 £729 £528



Kate Adie Allan Ahlberg Robert Harris Roy Hattersley Simon Heffer Alan Johnson Barry Norman Jeremy Paxman David Sainsbury Peter Snow Rose Tremain Salley Vickers – and more

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Southwold programme 2013  

The Ways With Words Southwold Literature Festival takes place in Southwold, Suffolk from 7 - 11 November 2013

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