Private lives and private passions

Bibury Literary Festival

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Private lives and private passions are subjects that are guaranteed to fascinate us all. That is why biography is the theme of the very first Bibury Literary Festival (or BibLit for short) which launches on Saturday 23 March 2019.

Both local and national well-known names will be taking part. These will include Sandra Howard, former top model and wife of the politician Michael Howard; and Professor Jane Ridley, biographer of Edward VII and Queen Victoria.

Sandra Howard, former top model and wife of Michael Howard
Professor Jane Ridley

In addition, Angela Levin will talk about her biography of Prince Harry, crime writer TP Fielden (Christopher Wilson) will be discussing how to create a detective, and Jessica Douglas-Home will be unveiling the life of William Simmonds, an unsung hero of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Angela Levin
Prince Harry
Jessica Douglas-Home

In addition, Victoria Summerley will be interviewing Charlie Hart about his book Skymeadow, which tells how gardening helped him cope with the deaths of his parents.

Charlie Hart

Social historian and biographer Anne de Courcy, biographer of Diana Mosley and Lord Snowdon, will be among those taking part in an evening panel discussion on how to write memoir and biography, chaired by Robert Low, himself a biographer of W G Grace.

Anne de Courcy

Talks and discussions will be held in the parish church, and there will be a pop-up bookshop in the village hall, where the WI will be serving snacks, teas and cakes.

You can buy tickets for individual talks, for the whole day, or for the whole day plus the evening discussion, and these are available to purchase from this website.

Prices start at £7 per talk, £6 if you book before 7 March 2019.

A day pass gives entry to all the talks, including the evening sessions with wine and canapes.

For a full list of concessions, please see the website

steve clarke
Author: steve clarke