Programme 2017

Crime and Wine


“Creating heroes and crime scenarios across the centuries”

Simon Beckett taught English in Spain and played percussion with several bands before becoming a novelist and freelance journalist, writing for the likes of The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday, and the Observer. His latest crime novel, featuring his forensic hero David Hunter, The Restless Dead, is set in the Essex marshes.

Antonia Hodgson is the author of the bestselling Tom Hawkins historical crime series, set in the 1720s. The Devil in the Marshalsea won numerous awards and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Its sequel, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 10 mysteries of the year. The latest in the series, A Death at Fountains Abbey, cements Hawkins’ place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction (The Express).

An evening with …

Henry Hemming is the author of five works of non-fiction, including Churchill’s Iceman, published in the US as The Ingenious Mr. Pyke, where it became a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster, reveals not just the shadowy world of espionage but a brilliant, enigmatic man at its centre, who is rumoured to be the inspiration for the character of M in the James Bond series.

Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch


Daisy Goodwin is a screenwriter and novelist. Her speciality is the 19th century, where her first two novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter are set.  Her most recent novel is Victoria, The Story of a Young Queen, which she adapted for television last year. The hit TV series starring Jenna Coleman, was a tremendous success, and Daisy is currently writing the second series, which will be hopefully screened this Autumn.

Afternoon tea

with Terry Waite CBE.

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Of course, everyone knows Terry Waite from the 1,763 days he was held captive by the Islamic Jihad Organisation in Lebanon, whilst working as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Envoy.
Since his early days, he has shown a commitment to Christianity, and he is both an Anglican and a Quaker. Before his being taken hostage, he worked extensively throughout the world, principally in Africa.

His first account of his time in captivity, Taken on Trust, became an international bestseller. His second book, containing meditations of that time, Footfalls In Memory, also became a bestseller. Since then, he was written several books, many essays, and has contributed to many journals and periodicals.