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The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

24 October-1 November will feature all manner of literary figures including Beirut hostage Terry Waite who will be telling us about his warm and charmingly funny story The Voyage of The Golden Handshake
Fay Weldon

Former Wantage school pupil Eleanor Stewart will be coming home to describe what made her leave holy orders as a nun

John Betjeman lived in Wantage for many years. He loved the town dearly and even wrote several poems about Wantage and surrounding areas, including ‘Wantage bells’ and ‘On leaving Wantage’

 

Every year, the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival celebrates his association with the town, but more importantly, the current literary talents of the day, both Wantage based and beyond. The festival has grown and grown and this year the festival runs from 24 October until 1 November and has attracted some pretty famous names!

Fay Weldon - one of Britain’s foremost novelists – is set to headline this year’s festival. Weldon will be presenting Mischief - a collection of 21 of her favourite short stories – and revealing her thoughts on a half century of writing contemporary fiction.

Former Childrey resident and Wantage school pupil Eleanor Stewart will be coming home to describe what made her leave holy orders as a nun … to become a mother-of-two - while former Beirut hostage Terry Waite will be telling us about his warm and charmingly funny story The Voyage of The Golden Handshake.

There’s loads more on the festival website…where you can also book your tickets!

 

Related Articles: The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival | From Blenheim Palace to Fawley Court: Literature in Oxfordshire