Thursday 12th October
The Age of Decadence
Journalist, author and political commentator, Simon Heffer, exposes the contradictions of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain. He lights up the era through vivid pen-portraits of the great men and...
Queen of the psychological thriller and number one bestseller, Val McDermid, whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold over fifteen million copies, introduces...
False Teeth, Fake Fur, True Love
Joan Ellis and Donna Jones
‘Furiously fabulous females’ aka THEM 2, acclaimed poet, Donna Jones MBE and award-winning writer, Joan Ellis bring their new show, False Teeth. Fake Fur. True Love to the Red...
The Fizz Quiz
Have fun joining in a quirky quiz from the lightly literary to the totally trivial helped on your way by a free glass of Prosecco. Pitch your wits against...
Friday 13th October
An Island Legacy : The Isle of Wight through the Eyes of the Brannon Family 1817 – 2017
An Island Legacy provides a comprehensive record of Isle of Wight towns, villages, sea and landscapes, historic buildings and coastal views over a period of precisely two hundred years....
The John Hannam Interviews
John Hannam, host of John Hannam Meets on Isle of Wight Radio, the longest running chat show in the country, and author of The John Hannam Interviews featuring popstars...
At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey
Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon
Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey, is one of the most famous historic houses in the world. Throughout the centuries, Highclere has welcomed Royalty, Statesmen, Egyptologists and pioneers of...
Churchill’s Last Wartime Secret: The 1943 German Raid Airbrushed from History
A state secret for more than 70 years, the official line being that it never happened, this new work challenges the assertion that no German force set foot on...
Micromuseology: Slow Roads to Small Museums
Micromuseology is the first book to pay serious scholarly attention to small independent museums. In this talk, Professor Fiona Candlin explains why she wrote it, and describes the highs...
The January Man
Times Walking Correspondent and author, Christopher Somerville, describes a year of walks throughout the British Isles, following routes that remind him of his father with whom he shared a love...
The Essential Paradise Lost
Have you read Paradise Lost? Leading literary critic and Emeritus Professor at Oxford University, John Carey, reinvigorates this 17th century classic of English literature for the modern reader in...
The Women Who Flew for Hitler
Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were brilliant pilots with a strong sense of honour and duty. Both fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of...
The History of Modern Britain
Join Andrew Marr, one of the UK’s most respected and popular broadcasters and journalists, as he talks about his acclaimed Sunday Times Number One bestseller, The History of Modern...
John Keats: Bright Star
On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Keats’ first book of poetry, acclaimed poetry and prose performer, Ruth Rosen, brings to life his great poems and wonderful letters,...
Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident
Five hundred years after Augustinian friar and theologian, Martin Luther, triggered the Protestant Reformation, the former editor of the Catholic Herald, Peter Stanford, provides a new perspective in Martin...
Saturday 14th October
Publishing Panel: How to Give your Submission Your Best Shot
Caroline Sheldon, Kieran Larwood and Krissy Lloyd
Interactive talk chaired by leading Literary Agent, Caroline Sheldon, who will advise on how best to get your work to the attention of the publisher/agent. Learn how to use...
Tartan and Tweed
In Tartan and Tweed, writer and author, Caroline Young, explores the chequered history of tartan and tweed from their origins in the Scottish Highlands to their reinvention in contemporary...
Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature
Beloved as the herald of spring, cuckoos have held a place in our affections for centuries. But the cuckoo is Nature’s most notorious cheat. Cuckoos across the world have...
Spies, Seduction, the SS and the Stasi: Berlin In Fiction
Jane Thynne and David Young
Historical novelists Jane Thynne and David Young, celebrate Germany’s fascinating capital and its inspiration for their fiction. Jane’s bestselling Clara Vine series follows the fortunes of an Anglo-German actress...
Grantchester: From Page to Screen
Daisy Coulam, screenwriter on series including Death In Paradise, Holby City, Casualty and Eastenders and former Islander, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at ITV series Grantchester which she wrote and...
Not In Your Genes: The Real Reasons Children Are Like Their Parents
Renowned child clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster, Oliver James, talks about his controversial book, Not in Your Genes, which argues that our genes play very little part in shaping...
Radicals and the Dark Net: The Fringes of Society
Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit – a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon – lies a vast and often hidden network of sites,...
The Diet Myth
Professor Tim Spector, one of our leading nutrition experts, explains in The Diet Myth why the key to health and achieving the perfect weight lies not in the latest...
Jane Austen and Modern Marriage
Amanda Craig and Elizabeth Buchan
It may no longer be universally acknowledged, “that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”, but many of Jane Austen’s...
The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez
Art critic of the Observer, Laura Cumming, tells the captivating and mysterious tale of a Victorian bookseller whose fate was changed forever by the great painter Velazquez. In 1845, ...
A History of Britain in 21 Women
Dame Jenni Murray
In this unique history of Britain, journalist and broadcaster, Dame Jenni Murray, best known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused...
Will China Dominate the 21st Century?
China’s spectacular growth and expanding global role have led to visions of this complex country dominating the 21st century. In the new edition of his widely acclaimed book, renowned...
Crisis and Ultimatum
Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent. Previously the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent, he was shot six times at close range while on assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004,...
Once Upon A Time in the East
Granta Best Young British Novelist and Orange-shortlisted author, Xiaolu Guo, talks about her extraordinary memoir Once Upon A Time in the East beginning with her childhood in China. As a...
Acute anxiety can strike suddenly, affect anyone, and ruin lives. Hear the much-loved Telegraph columnist and bestselling author, Bryony Gordon, talk candidly about Mad Girl, her description of her...
From the Raj to Bollywood: Putting India in the Plot
Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan
See India through the eyes of two rising stars of crime fiction. Acclaimed authors, Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee, discuss writing about India as the setting for their novels....
What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? It was women, more than men, who came face to face with the...
Julie Myerson and Stephanie Merritt
Julie Myerson’s acclaimed novel The Stopped Heart and Stephanie Merritt’s forthcoming While You Sleep both offer a twist on the psychological suspense thriller. Both tell the stories of women...
The Private Lives of the Tudors
Well-known broadcaster and author, Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, has written the definitive book about the private...
Managing the Robot Revolution: Does Artificial Intelligence Pose a Risk to Humanity?
Alan Winfield, Beth Barnes and Tom Cheshire
Rapidly accelerating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research is transforming our world. We are now surrounded by machines that, in many specialised tasks, are much smarter than we are. The...
Get On With It
Enjoy a tipple at the Royal Yacht Squadron with famed raconteur, Algy Cluff. Ex-Grenadier Guardsman, Algy Cluff, is the longest-serving oilman in the North Sea. He also chaired The...
Sunday 15th October
Persephone Books Morning Coffee
Nicola Beauman, author and founder of Persephone Books, will soon celebrate twenty years reprinting lost mid twentieth-century classics mainly, but not entirely, by women. In conversation with biographer, Anne Sebba,...
The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940
The British campaign in Norway in 1940 was an ignominious and abject failure. It is perhaps best known as the fiasco which directly led to the fall of Prime...
Never Fear: Reliving the Life of Sir Francis Chichester
Ian Strathcarron follows in the footsteps and wakes of Sir Francis’s life of adventure, adversity and triumph. Born in 1901 into a troubled childhood in rural Devon, he left...
‘Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are’, wrote the Spanish philosopher, José Ortega y Gasset. Gardening Correspondent for the Independent...
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932
Dr Natalia Murray, curator of the recent major exhibition Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts, explores the extraordinary diversity of art made in Russia during...
Polly Toynbee & David Walker
Journalists, Polly Toynbee and David Walker, argue that in recent years there has been a systematic and covert attack on the state that has turned us all against it...
Dr Nick Lloyd
One hundred years ago, between July and November 1917, the fields of Flanders witnessed one of the bloodiest episodes of the First World War. In a small corner of Belgium,...
The Consequence of Love
Sandra Howard talks about her sixth novel, The Consequence of Love, the stand-alone sequel to A Matter of Loyalty. The Consequence of Love is a story of lost loves,...
What’s Next in Science?
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, host of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific, introduces his new collection of cutting edge science writing. Touching on everything from genetics to transport, and nanotechnology...
Politics Panel: Any Questions?
Polly Toynbee & David Walker, Michael Howard and Bob Seely
Worried about the state of the nation? Baffled by Brexit? Join our distinguished panel, former Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, eminent journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker, and Isle...
Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey
How does a chain of remote islands on the fringes of Britain hold the hearts and imaginations of so many writers, mystics and artists, and how has it come...
Who Lost Russia?
When the Soviet Union collapsed on 26 December 1991, it looked like the start of a remarkable new time of peace and co-operation. Nothing could be further from the...
The Mistress of Paris/Renoir’s Dancer
Cultural historian, Catherine Hewitt’s debut biography, The Mistress of Paris, captures the spirit of the celebrated 19th-century Parisian courtesan, Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne, a bewitching redhead whose high-profile...