The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival
Tuesday 17 August 2010
We are now into the third year of The Independent’s sponsorship of the Woodstock Literary Festival, an event that goes from strength to strength and again boasts a line-up rich in variety, notoriety and excellence.
It is an association that we at The Independent are delighted to continue. The Lebedev family, who became owners of The Independent earlier this year, are proud of the newspaper’s traditions of high-minded, impartial journalism, free from the shackles of proprietorial infl uence, and the sponsorship of a literary festival, which celebrates freedom of expression and the joy of words, is a perfect match for us. Plus, of course, it’s tremendous fun, against the magnifi cent backdrop of Blenheim Palace and the historic town of Woodstock.
The range of events this year is as impressive as the list of writers, which includes Philip Pullman, David Starkey, Allison Pearson, Sir Max Hastings, Lady Antonia Fraser, Howard Jacobson, Bernard Schlink, Robert Fisk, Richard Dawkins and Michael Frayn. There’s a literary pub quiz to take part in, a mouth-watering debate between well-known chefs and restaurant critics, and a meeting of three of the funniest women around, Arabella Weir, Kathy Lette and Ronni Ancona, who will be discussing our obsession with food. In short, the festival of 2010 has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in history, politics, economics, gardening, eating and drinking, or cricket.
There’s plenty of edification, education, and, we trust, entertainment on offer. In fact, everything to which we aspire in the pages of our newspaper will be made flesh over these five days in September when Woodstock, Blenheim Palace and the immediate surroundings play host to thousands upon thousands of visitors, not to mention some of the best writing talent in Britain today.
We have been blessed for the past two years with stunning early autumn weather for the festival, and we can only hope that the gods shine on us again. We hope also to see you in the welcoming pubs, restaurants and teashops of Woodstock. We’d like to think you’d buy books (or even The Independent) with a new enthusiasm. We hope, above all, that you’ll go to as many events as you can and enjoy yourself. The setting is superb, the cast list is splendid, but it’s you who helps make this the best boutique literary festival in Britain.
Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief, The Independent
The festival runs from 15-19 September.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
MOBO Awards 2014: Jess Glynne hits out at 'ridiculous' criticism of nominated white artists
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
MOBO awards 2014: Sam Smith sweeps the board with four gongs
The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with another double elimination
Channel 5 set to give Big Brother the cold shoulder
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'