First Names Announced

Posted 10/03/2017

Planning is underway for the sixth annual Isle of Wight Literary Festival (Thursday 12th October – Sunday 15th October) and we’re pleased to announce the first names.

Val McDermid, Scotland’s Queen of the psychological thriller, will be opening the Literary Festival on Thursday 12th October. She is the author of the bestselling Tony Hill series and the creator of its hit television adaptation, ITV’s ‘Wire in the Blood’.

Away from murder but out there, Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, author and Presenter of ‘The Life Scientific’ on BBC Radio 4, will be speaking on his new book Aliens, Science Asks: Is Anyone Out There?

Closer to home, Xiaolu Guo, Granta Best Young British Novelist and Orange Prize short-listed author of I Am China, will be talking about her extraordinary memoir Once Upon a Time In the East.


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