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Daunt Books Spring Festival 2015

Daunt Books Festival 2015

Thursday 19th & Friday 20th March

All talks take place at Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW

We are very excited to welcome you to the Daunt Books Festival 2015. It's our twenty-fifth year of bookselling and the festival's second year. We can't wait for the festival to begin and hope you share our excitement for the talks listed below. Above all, we're looking forward to seeing YOU here - for a bookshop is not just a place to buy books, it's a space to bring readers together, to foster a literary community, and to have a great deal of fun in the doing.

What's On at this year's festival

Thursday | Friday

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  • Thursday 19th March

    Choosing your Heroines

    Samantha Ellis & Anne Sebba talk to Alex Clark

    10.00 - 11.00am
    Tickets £6 including a morning snack from Honey & Co.

    Join us to learn about some extraordinary lives and revisit some favourite novels to find inspiration in heroines, both real and imagined. Samantha Ellis and Anne Sebba discuss the virtues of their favourite fictional women and historical icons with literary critic Alex Clark.

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  • Thursday 19th March

    The Nature Cure

    William Fiennes & Tim Dee

    12.00 - 12.45pm
    Tickets £6 including macaroons provided by The Monocle Cafe

    Why are we drawn to the outside, to birds, to nature? How can trying to understand our landscape help us better understand ourselves? William Fiennes, author of The Snow Geese, discusses 'the nature cure' with naturalist and birdwatcher Tim Dee, author of Four Fields and The Running Sky.

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  • Thursday 19th March

    Perfect Wives or Brilliant Careers: Women of the 1950s

    Virginia Nicholson & Rachel Cooke

    1.30 - 2.15pm
    Tickets £6 including a sausage roll from The Ginger Pig

    In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes, Virginia Nicholson reconstructs the 1950s through the eyes of its women and, in Her Brilliant Career, Rachel Cooke introduces us to ten trailblazing women of the era, whose pioneering professional lives paved the way for future generations. Packed with illuminating anecdotes and unexpected revelations, here are two fascinating, unusual guides to the real women of the 1950s.

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  • Thursday 19th March

    A Musical Alice in Wonderland

    Ralph Wyld, Ceclia Bignall & ensemble from The Royal Academy of Music

    3.00 - 4.00pm    Free (booking essential)

    To mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's dearly loved story Alice in Wonderland, Royal Academy students Ralph Wyld and Cecilia Bignall were inspired to compose 'All in the Golden Afternoon', a musical interpretation of Carroll's imaginative world. Elements of classical music and jazz are infused in this exciting musical adventure in Wonderland.

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  • Thursday 19th March

    Emil and the Detectives
    & other german children's classics

    Michael Rosen & Anthea Bell talk to Julia Eccleshare about the great German children's author Erich Kästner

    5.00 - 6.00pm    Free (booking essential)

    German writer Erich Kästner's spirited stories have captured the imagination of children and adults alike for generations. Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen talks about his fondness for Kästner's work and The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass, his own retelling of one of his favourite German children's books. Joining him are translator Anthea Bell and Julia Eccleshare, Children's Books Editor for the Guardian.

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  • Thursday 19th March

    The Establishment

    Owen Jones talks to Owen Hatherley

    7.00 - 7.45pm
    Tickets £7 including a glass of wine

    In The Establishment, Owen Jones gives a biting critique of the British Establishment and makes a passionate plea for democracy. Hailed by Russell Brand as 'our generation's Orwell', Jones exposes the vested interests which bind the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms of Fleet Street and the trading rooms of the City. He talks to political and architectural writer Owen Hatherley.

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  • Thursday 19th March

    My History

    Antonia Fraser talks to Valerie Grove

    8.30 - 9.30pm
    Tickets £7 including a glass of wine

    In her new memoir, acclaimed biographer and historian Antonia Fraser describes how she fell in love with history, the subject that would define her life. Written with her trademark wit and panache, this is a magical account of one person's journey towards becoming a writer and an historian. Antonia Fraser talks to biographer and journalist Valerie Grove.

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  • Friday 20th March

    Emily's Walking Book Club

    10.00 - 11.15am    Free (booking essential)

    Join other book-lovers for a stroll around Regent's Park with writer, bookseller and blogger Emily Rhodes to discuss Barbara Comyns' extraordinary novel Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Praised as 'a marvellous writer' by Graham Greene, Comyns conveys a moving story with an unnerving lightness of touch and unfailing sense of humour.

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  • Friday 20th March

    In praise of short stories

    Tessa Hadley, Colin Barrett & Julianne Pachico
    talk to Laura Macaulay

    12.00 - 12.45pm
    Tickets £6 including hot chocolate from Rococo

    Short stories have never been more celebrated as a literary form, or more popular with readers. Join us for an inspiring discussion of their merits and charm, and listen to a dazzling array of short story writers - Tessa Hadley, Colin Barrett and Julianne Pachico - read their work.

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  • Friday 20th March

    Russians in Paris: Gazdanov, Teffi and other Émigré writers of the 1920s

    Bryan Karetnyk & Peter Pomerantsev talk to Nicholas Lezard

    1.30 - 2.15pm
    Tickets £6 including pastries from La Fromagerie

    Writers Gazdanov and Teffi were two of the two hundred thousand White Russians who escaped from Russia after the 1917 Revolution and settled in France. By the mid-twenties, Paris was the cultural and political centre of the diaspora and Gazdanov and Teffi were prominent members of its literary scene. Translator Bryan Karetnyk and Russian commentator Peter Pomerantsev discuss these rediscovered writers with literary critic Nicholas Lezard.

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  • Friday 20th March

    The Daunt Trio Performs Popular Classics

    3.00 - 4.00pm    Free (booking essential)

    The Daunt Trio was formed in 2014 after its three members had performed together in various ensembles and chamber groups while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. They perform a fun and varied programme including pieces by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Scott Joplin's 'The Entertainer'.

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  • Friday 20th March

    Robert Muchamore

    5.00 - 6.00pm    Free (booking essential)

    We are thrilled to welcome Robert Muchamore for the festival's first young adult event. His award-winning Cherub series is about a division of the British Security Service which employs teenagers as intelligence officers, and his most recent novel Rock War is the first of an exciting new quartet of books about three teenagers seeking success in the music world. He talks to Philip Womack, children's novelist and literary critic for the Daily Telegraph, Guardian and other publications.

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  • Friday 20th March

    Spies in Fact and Fiction

    Charles Cumming & Christopher Andrew talk to James Naughtie

    7.00 - 7.45pm
    Tickets £7 including a glass of wine

    The world of espionage has been played out in the shadows of our history and has filled the pages of many novels, from Kipling and Conrad to Ian Fleming and Alan Furst. Charles Cumming was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service, an experience which inspired his gripping first novel A Spy By Nature. Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge and the author of The Defence of the Realm, a magisterial authorised history of MI5. With broadcaster James Naughtie, whose book The Madness of July is a sophisticated Cold War spy thriller, they cast light on this shady, secretive and fascinating world.

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  • Friday 20th March

    Palin on Place

    Michael Palin talks to Brett Wolstencroft

    8.30 - 9.30pm
    Tickets £7 including a glass of wine

    For the festival finale, we are delighted to welcome comedian, writer and traveller Michael Palin to tell us about how he has experienced the power of place. Where has he found to be particularly inspiring? How do the challenges of capturing a sense of place vary from screen to page, and from travel writing to fiction? And which writers has he found to be particularly adept at conjuring the spirit of a place? Michael Palin talks to our very own Brett Wolstencroft.

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  • Friday 19th March

    Daunt Books Festival Pass

    £35

    The Daunt Books Festival pass entitles you to guaranteed entry to all 14 events over the two days. These tickets are limited in availability

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