A Summer celebration of books and reading

Throughout the day we will be joined by a wide variety of authors talking about their books and sharing their love of reading. We'll be talking about exciting new poetry and mesmerising nature writing, sharing tips on how to get published, laughing along at the funniest new books, discussing whether reading really can make you wiser and happier, chatting to Irvine Welsh about his latest novel and rounding the day off with a wild swim. 

Hosted by Alex Clark, Guardian and Evening Standard journalist. 
Join the conversation @vintagebooks #vintagelive

Secret Fiction Tent

12:00 – 12:30


Deborah Moggach on the power of reading

Can reading help you to live better, become wiser and feel happier? We think so. The Vintage Shelf Help list is composed of 12 books that have the power to illuminate, inspire and inform. Alex Clark discusses Vintage Shelf Help with author and screenwriter Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,Tulip Fever and the July Shelf Help book choice, Heartbreak Hotel. Join us in the Wilderness lake at 3.30pm for a Vintage Shelf Help Wild Swim. 

12:35 – 13:00


Helen Macdonald on training a hawk and nature writing

When Helen Macdonald’s father died she was knocked sideways by grief, and became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge. She filled the freezer with hawk food and unplugged the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train the wildest of animals. Helen talks to Alex Clark about her critically-acclaimed book H is for Hawk which is destined to become a classic of nature writing. #HisforHawk

13:05 – 13:15


Rising star Liz Berry reads from her new collection

‘Liz Berry is an extraordinary poet: passionate, precise, moving and deeply real.’ (A. L. Kennedy). Liz Berry’s poems are ablaze with energy, and alive with a thrilling command of dialect. Sit back and be transported as she reads from her new collection Black Country; a distinctive, enchanting debut, full of fierce poems of wonder and incandescent joy which marks the arrival of a luminous talent, heralded by poets such as Andrew Motion and Jo Shapcott.

13:15 – 13:45


How to Get Published!

Vintage Books expert panellists discuss how to get published, with top tips for aspiring writers. Susannah Otter (@susannahotter), Editorial Assistant at Chatto & Windus will be joined by Deepti Kapoor, debut author of A Bad Character and Kerry Hudson, author of Thirst and Terry Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma.

13:50 – 14.15


Why so serious? Marie Phillips on finding your comic voice

Marie Phillips, author of the bestseller God’s Behaving Badly, chats to Alex Clark about her deliciously funny reimagining of Arthurian legends, The Table of Less Valued Knights, and why comic writing needs to be taken a little more seriously.

14:15 – 15:00


Irvine Welsh on his latest book, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Irvine Welsh exploded onto the scene with his iconic debut Trainspotting, which swiftly became one of the seminal books of the noughties and was famously immortalised on the big screen by Danny Boyle. The always-subversive author of FilthGlue and Skagboyswill join us to talk about his acclaimed new novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, which taps into two great obsessions of our time: how we look, and where we live.

Swimming Lake

15:30 – 16:00

Vintage Shelf Help Wild Swim with Deborah Moggach

Get your bathers on and jump in! Join author Deborah Moggach and Vintage for a therapeutic Shelf Help Wild Swim in the beautiful Wilderness lake. The first 30 people to get their feet wet will get a nifty swimming hat and a free copy of Roger Deakin’s wild swimming bible Waterlog. Find out more about Shelf Help here.

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05/08/2014 Helen Macdonald
19:00 Author Talk / Signing
Venue details: Rossiter Books, The Corn Exchange, 7, The High Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5HL
Events details: Helen Macdonald talks about 'H is for Hawk' at Rossiter Books
Contact details: Rossiter Books
06/08/2014 Helen Macdonald
18:30 Author Talk / Signing
Venue details: Waterstones (Cambridge), 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge, CB2 3HG
Events details: Helen Macdonald will be talking about H is for Hawk at Waterstones Cambridge
Contact details: Waterstones (Cambridge)
08/08/2014 Helen Macdonald
19:00 Author Talk / Signing
Venue details: London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury place, London, WC1A 2JL
Events details: Helen Macdonald and Tim Dee in conversation
Contact details: London Review Bookshop
09/08/2014 Stewart Foster
10:15 Festival
Venue details: The Guardian Spiegeltent, 5a Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
Events details: Voices from Within<br><br>To coincide with 'Conversations with Ourselves', our exploration of inner voices, we welcome two authors who delve into the minds of voice hearers. Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall announced the arrival of a new literary star by winning the Costa Book Award; Stewart Foster’s We Used to Be Kings is a dramatic and innovative debut novel featuring 18 year old Tom and his long-dead brother Jack.<br><br>Part of our First Book Award Nominee series of events.<br><br>Vote for The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, or We Used To Be Kings by Stewart Foster in the First Book Award.
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09/08/2014 Marie Phillips
00:00 Festival
Venue details: Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 5NP
Events details: Vintage Comedy<br><br>Why so serious? Marie Phillips on finding your comic voice<br><br>Marie Phillips, author of the bestseller ‘God’s Behaving Badly’, chats to Alex Clark about her deliciously funny reimagining of Arthurian legends, ‘The Table of Less Valued Knights’, and why comic writing needs to be taken a little more seriously.
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events found: 72