Blood and Gold
The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits)
Jeremy Irons reminisces about his childhood on the island an reads Lewis Carroll's poem "The Hunting of the Snark (an Agony in Eight Fits)"
Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix
Wild Thing brings together the splendour and sadness of musical genius and showman Jimi Hendrix's brief life. CLICK WILD THING TO PURCHASE
The American Duchess
In this intimate retelling of the love story of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, Anna Pasternak tells how twisted gossip and public distrust has always haunted women who dare to fall for an Eng...
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Adventurer and record-breaking sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston discusses his extraordinary life. The first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world, Knox-Johnsto...
About the digital festival and the history of the Literary Festival
The Patrons, Trustees and Supporters of IWLF
Trustees and supporters talk about the background to the festival how it is run by volunteers.
IWLF Schools programme
Mark Waldron, Head of Ryde School
Local extremely talented Thomas Luke has provided a soundtrack for this session.
White King: The Tragedy of Charles I
Leanda de Lisle
Leanda de Lisle looks at the myths and the tragedy, an epic story of glamour, strong women, populist politicians, war and religious terror that surround Charles I. CLICK WHITE KING TO PURCHASE
Resolution: Two Brothers, a Nation in Crisis
David Rutland and Emma Ellis
Based upon the detailed archives held at Belvoir Castle, and drawing on a wealth of primary research, Resolution charts the lives and fortunes of two eighteenth-century aristocratic brothers – Char...
She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen: British Women in India
Katie Hickman reveals the life and times of hundreds of women who make their way across the sea to India from the very early seventeenth century, and changed history. CLICK SHE-MERCHANTS, BUCCANEE...
Interview with local MP
Bob talks about the Isle of Wight Literary Festival and current issues affecting the Isle of Wight.
An Illustrated Life
Award winning children’s author/illustrator Nicholas Allan talks about his life; reads from his well-known books and performs magic tricks! CLICK FATHER CHRISTMAS NEEDS A WEE OR PICASSO’S TROUSERS...
The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Lyrics
Hunter Davies shares the engaging stories behind the lyrics of The Beatles’ songs. Click The Beatles Book to purchase.
Marigolds, Myrtle and Moles: A Gardener's Bedside Book
Alan Titchmarsh shares his reflections on the benefits of gardening and reads poems from his latest book. Click Marigolds, Myrtle and Moles to purchase.
Taming The Four Horsemen: Radical solutions to Pandemics, War, Famine and the Death of the Planet
Robin Hanbury-Tenison shares his radical solutions for the challenges facing us today. He makes a persuasive case for transformational change. Click Taming the Four Horsemen to purchase.
Marconi on the Isle of Wight
Tim explores Italian inventor Gugliemo Marconi's early work on the Isle of Wight from 1897. Click Marconi On the Isle of Wight to purchase.
Write on Wight
Various Isle of Wight Authors
Local authors have sent us videos telling us about their work and where they draw inspiration on the Isle of Wight.
Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Best selling author Andrew Lownie reveals the dramatic and scandalous lives of the Windsors post abdication.
The Fallen Angel
The Fallen Angel is the 3rd novel in the King’s Witch trilogy set in King James I's court. Tracy discussed her research and the historical accuracy behind the story.
Isle and Empires
Stephan Roman conjures up Russia's lost imperial glory and delves into the uneasy partnership between Britain and Russia, and the Isle of Wight’s role in the Romanov story.
In the Golden Age of Offshore Racing
93 year old yacht designer Dick Carter provides his insights on the golden age of Offshore racing and his attraction to Cowes.
The Devil You Know
Dr Gwen Adshead
Dr Gwen Adshead - forensic psychiatrist - gives profound insights into ideas of evil, and the stories behind criminals. In the face of overcrowded prisons and devastating cuts to mental health car...
A Bit of a Stretch: the Diary of a Prisoner
Chris Atkins talks about his recent experience of life inside prison. An incredibly compelling account, not just because of Atkin's incongruity and his knack for black, observational humour, but be...
Write on Wight - Local Authors
Steve Love, Felicity Fair Thompson, Josh Barry
Steve talks about his motives for this novel set against the financial crises of the last 10 years - the banking greed, frauds, scams and rackets that emerged in the fall-out. A miniature Isle o...
The Pavilion in the Clouds
Alexander McCall Smith
Master story teller Alexander McCall Smith talks about his many writing projects - the latest updates from Mma Ramotswe's No 1 Ladies Detective agency in Botswana, and new goings on at 44 Scotland ...
Lea Leendertz has reinvented the tradition of a rural almanac - with a toolkit for connecting with the natural world and the culture of Britain month by month.
Catch Your Breath
The NHS has been a key focus over the last 18 months. Dr Ed Patrick talks to Amber Beard about his memoir as an anaesthetist during the Covid outbreak and alternative career as a stand-up comic. ...
Two Minutes to Midnight: 1953
Roger Hermiston explains why 1953 was a crucial year in history, with serious immediate threats, and a stored up legacy of problems for future generations.
Unmasking our Leaders
Documentary film maker Michael Cockerell has interviewed all of the past 10 prime ministers and has many fascinating stories to tell.