Ways with words: a literary feast in Devon

In association with the Independent and Independent on Sunday, 26 August - 2 September 1996

For four years, Dartington Hall in Devon has been the site of a literary festival that combines eminent and blockbusting authors, exciting newcomers and seasoned veterans, specialists and generalists, journalists and media stars, all in a setting of ancient rustic tranquility. It's called Ways With Words

The fifth annual festival takes place over the last week of August and has attracted a glittery throng of authors from across the literary spectrum. Over 100 writers will perform, declaim, discuss and answer questions about their art, and rub shoulders with book lovers from all over the country. A packed programme features the authors of the latest works of fiction, biography, philosophy, politics, poetry, rock music, sport and science.

Ben Pimlott will discuss the problem of writing a sensible book about the Queen, Ray Monk will explore the soul of Bertrand Russell and Michael Holroyd present new light on Augustus John. Novelists Clare Boylan, Julie Myerson and Helen Dunmore admit to being women behaving badly; John Lanchester and Barbara Trapido discuss food, sex and appetites with John Walsh; Giles Smith and Richard Williams examine the literature of rock `n' roll; Matthew Engel and Angela Neustatter look for evidence of ethics in the modern press; find out how to get published. Plus Ned Sherrin, Hilary Mantel, Doris Lessing, Joan Brady, Anthony Clare, Ruth Rendell, Polly Toynbee, Roy Hattersley, Nicholas (Horse Whisperer) Evans, Louis de Bernieres, Terry Waite, John Cole, PD James, Adam Phillips, Marina Warner and many more. Full details are available in the festival brochure, available at the address on the entry form.

As co-sponsors of the Festival, we are happy to offer Independent readersa discount on a package that includes seven nights' accommodation at Dartington with full board - plus a "Rover ticket" that allows them entrance to all the events in the medieval Great Hall. Accommodation (singles or twins) is in the east wing of the medieval courtyard on the Festival site. Higher Close features single student rooms opposite the courtyard. Rover tickets can be purchased on their own, at a discount. If you want an unforgettable week of literary debate, reading and meeting your heroes, complete the attached form while there are still places available.

INDEPENDENT READER OFFER

Seven nights' full-board accommodation at Dartington Hall + Rover ticket giving entry to all the main events at the 1996 Ways With Words Literature Festival OR Rover ticket only

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Please tick the relevant box: East Wing (single) pounds 405p.p. !

(twin) pounds 385 p.p. !

Higher Close (single) pounds 365 p.p. !

Rover ticket only pounds 115 p.p. !

To reserve accommodation, a non-returnable deposit of pounds 75 p.p. is required. For Rover tickets send payment in full. Make cheques payable to `Ways With Words' and send the completed form to Ways With Words, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6JQ (01803 867311). For the full programme fill in your details and send to the above address enclosing 2 x 25p stamps.

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