VINTAGE LIVE AT WILDERNESS
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
VINTAGE SHELF HELP
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
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!
Why so serious? Marie Phillips on finding your comic voice
14:15 – 15:00
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 Filth
will 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.
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
||Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, 5 The Square, Buxton, SK17 6AZ
||Writer Lucinda Hawksley – Charles Dickens’ great great great granddaughter – uncovers the secrets of Queen Victoria’s sixth child, Princess Louise. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? Often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time – feisty, rebellious, romantic, a sculptor and painter – whose story has been shielded for years from public view.
Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton