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For a week in July, the Ways With Words Literary Festival takes place at in the medieval and rural setting of Dartington Hall. Admission to 76 events in the Main Hall is included in the price of the Rover Ticket (pounds 135). Take your pick from the many talks and discussions, a writing picnic, a woodland walk, and the poetry, fiction and memoir writing workshops. Blake Morrison examines universal questions through autobiographical experiences in his latest book Too True; Julia Stoneham gives an illustrated talk on adapting fiction for radio and the screen; Roy Hattersley, Claire Tomalin and Rachel Billington discuss `What makes a classic?'; Simon Singh recounts the quest to solve Fermat's Last Theorem; and Alain de Botton applies Proustian theories to daily life . Plus much, much more - send for a brochure now.

READER OFFER: prices for the full package, including full-board accommodation and entry to all main events, start at pounds 445 pp in a twin room. There is also a special weekend package at pounds 165 pp. For a brochure and full booking details, send your name and address to Ways With Words, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6JQ, enclosing 2 x 26p stamps. Or telephone 01803 867373.