Sunday, 16 April 2017

Oxford Literary Festival 2017

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Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize winning author of "Wolf Hall"
and "Bring up the Bodies" signing books at the Oxford
Literary Festival.
A bit late but would just like to link up to an article that I wrote over at Fine Books and Collections: "The event with Dame Hilary Mantel and renowned historian and broadcaster, Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, at the Oxford Literary Festival on April 1 was probably one of the most enriching conversations I’ve heard in my nine years of attending the festival. The pair discussed their different perspectives on the sixteenth-century lawyer and statesman Thomas Cromwell. Mantel is working on volume III of her Cromwell trilogy. MacCulloch is writing an historical biography on Cromwell--he said he admires the man: “my book covers up to 1532 when he hasn’t killed anybody yet.” There is a huge archive on the controversial historical figure and to have these two experts give us a glimpse of their research and writing processes was like listening to a private chat that wasn’t short of a steady flow of ideas." Continue reading here.
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Miss Longstaff graciously signed all of M's books, though
based on experience, it is not easy to require a six-year-old
to be careful about signed books!


On the last day of the festival, my daughter and I went to the Story Museum to listen to Abie Longstaff, author of The Fairytale Hairdresser Series. Before becoming an author, Miss Longstaff was apparently a lawyer that's why somehow there's a baddie who goes to prison at the end of almost every story. Miss Longstaff's twists on some of our well-loved fairy tale characters are a delight to read. The pictures of illustrator Lauren Beard are lovely. 

I could call these books the ultimate fanfiction, and the take on each character is always funny and engaging. My daughter has always been interested in writing stories about her favourite book characters, and I think this is the reason why the Fairytale Hairdresser Series appeals to her.

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