Tickets are now on sale for Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2019

Posted 06/08/2019

The island’s annual event for book lovers

The 2019 Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival has opened ticket sales online for this year and popular sessions will be selling out fast!

It’s a rich and varied line-up over 4 days at Northwood House, Cowes and there is something for everyone in the programme:

  • Dan Snow – returns to speak about On This Day in History, a Sunday Times bestseller.
  • Kate Adie – will be in conversation with Alan Titchmarsh on Saturday discussing her career as a news correspondent – 30 years on from her report on the Chinese government’s attack on the student protest in Tiananmen Square.
  • Sir Tim Waterstone will talk about his candid memoir The Face Pressed Against a Window.
  • Tristram Hunt will discuss how their commitment to design, education and industry continues to define the V&A.
  • Alexander McCall Smith will provide insights to his perennial favourite series the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Scotland Street while introducing The Department of Sensitive Crimes, the first in the Detective Varg series.
  • The Rt Hon Jack Straw is speaking on his very topical book The English Job – Understanding Why Iran Distrusts Britain.
  • Sir Michael Morpurgo – bestselling children’s author will talk about his latest book, Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver.
  • Historian A N Wilson will provide insights from Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy.
  • British journalist and novelist Tom Bradby, who currently presents News At Ten, will discuss his latest political thriller, Secret Service.
  • Lynne Truss will speak about The Man That Got Away, the second book in the Constable Twitten mystery series.
  • Journalist and satirist, Craig Brown, will present the One Stop Literary Festival, with parodies of Jilly Cooper, Robert Macfarlane, Richard Dawkins, Virginia Woolf and Paolo Coelho.

The 8th annual Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes place from 10-13 October at Northwood House in Cowes. The event will welcome over 60 writers in a variety of genres, journalists, and politicians in a festival that has something for all.

Island residents and visitors can hear some of the very best UK authors live in a programme covering current affairs, fiction, history, travel, adventure and science.  Local writers and poets, well know celebrities and experts in fascinating subjects are set to inspire and delight festival audiences once again.

Julia Dams, programme director, said: “This year’s Literary Festival is full of excitement with many wonderful speakers. Do book early to avoid disappointment.”

For full details of the programme and online ticket bookings go to www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com

To book tickets by phone call 07821 123661 and leave a message.

Locals should encourage friends and relatives to visit over the weekend to enjoy this unique IOW event. To support the festival, Red Funnel is providing festival goers with 20% off vehicle returns from Southampton to East Cowes bookable in advance and deals for foot passengers.

Margaret Ankers, Chair, said: “Red Funnel has supported the festival from the beginning. The generous support they provide makes the festival possible at affordable prices for residents and visitors.”

About the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival, an established event on the UK Arts calendar is now in its 8th year, provides a programme of speakers that will appeal to a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight. Hosted at Northwood House over 4 days over 60 writers and presenters talk about their latest works and insights. Sessions can be individually booked online.

The festival is a charity (IWLF Charity No. 1164814) relying on the generous support of sponsors, benefactors and friends, and staffed largely by volunteers. The festival has two patrons: Major General Sir Martin White KCVO, CB, CBE, JP and Nicholas Allan – author and illustrator patron of the Youth Programme and two vice patrons – Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL, Michael Grade – The Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

On the Thursday and Friday of the festival, the charity supports the Schools’ Programme, which takes authors, illustrators and dramatists into the schools to enrich the education for the under 18s on the Isle of Wight by increasing the cultural experiences available to stimulate their interest in learning and creative ideas. Last year over 6,000 students benefited from this free programme.

For more information please contact: marketing@isleofwightliteraryfestival.com

T: 01983 295612

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Northwood House,

Ward Avenue,

Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 8AZ

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