Oundle Festival of Literature has recently appointed a new festival manager, Helen Shair, and she is planning a varied and stimulating programme of all year round events. Here are the latest events:
Saturday 6th October, 7.30pm Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle
Adventure That Went Wrong is the epic true account from
Gordon Stainforth of a near-death experience on a mountain in Norway in
1969. Two teenage twin brothers with only three years’ mountaineering
experience set off to climb one of the highest rock faces in Europe.
With just two bars of chocolate, some sandwiches, a four-sentence
route description and an old sketch map, they left their tent early one
morning with the full expectation of being back in time for tea. Within a
few hours things had gone badly wrong, they were looking death in the
face, and the English Home Counties seemed very far away...
Alternatively humorous and nerve shredding, Fiva captures the hope,
love, terror and despair of climbing. Gordon will re-tell his story at
this event, a story which has been likened to Joe Simpson’s best-selling
Touching the Void.
Tickets are £7 from the Oundle Box Office, Tel 01832 274134 Online at
Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm St Peter's Church, Oundle
Polly Toynbee “Dogma and Disarray” Cameron at half-time
from a long line of intellectuals, historians, and literary critics,
Polly Toynbee won a scholarship to study History at Oxford. Her first
job was at the Guardian where she built a reputation for accurate fact
finding left of centre journalism. With her partner, Journalist David
Walker, she wrote two books, Life in Low Pay Britain and The Verdict:
Did Labour Change Britain? Their new book Dogma and Disarray looks in
detail at the government’s policies during their first two years in
power. Toynbee and Walker argue that by the next election the welfare
state may be in irrecoverable ruins – unless the Tory mission to
downsize and diminish the public realm is brought down first by
Tickets are £10, (£8 for OAPs and Students) from the Oundle Box Office, Tel 01832 274134 Online at
www.oundlefestival.org.uk . Available from the end of September.
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