Books: Ways With Words literature festival

Friday 20 June 1997 23:02

The Ways with Words literature festival at Dartington Hall in South Devon offers nine varied days of literary events in one of the country's most beautiful settings. Between 11 and 20 July, from 10am to 10pm each day, the medieval Great Hall and courtyard will be the venue for talks debates, readings and interviews. Among more than 200 writers taking part this year will be Ian McEwan, Jung Chang, Mary Wesley, Louis de Bernieres, Anthony Clare, Rose Tremain, Kate Adie, Marina Warner, Roy Strong and the Independent's Polly Toynbee and Suzanne Moore.

Independent readers can take advantage of a special offer for a day ticket (normal price pounds 42) for activities on Friday18 July, run in association with The Independent. All seven events will cost pounds 24 with this ticket.

The day's programme starts at 10am, with Lisa Jardine and Kate Mosse asking "Do women readers get the fiction they deserve?" At 11.15am, Richard Holmes and Andrew Motion describe "Following in the Footsteps" of Keats, Shelley and Coleridge in the course of writing their lives of the Romantic poets. At 2pm, in "Family Friction", novelists Deborah Moggach and Angela Lambert discuss changing patterns of family life - and the older folk who break the mould in their new books.

John Fuller, whose Collected Poems were published last year, will read and discuss his work at 3.30pm. In "The Voice that Thunders" at 5pm, legendary children's author Alan Garner will talk about his recent essays and adult fiction. At 7.30pm, Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri will talk about "A Way of Being Free" with Boyd Tonkin, the Independent's Literary Editor. The day ends at 9.15 pm with new views of the literary classics from rock musician Jah Wobble and cartoonist-illustrator Martin Rowson.

Complete the form below to take advantage of the special offer, or to receive a full programme for the Ways With Words festival.

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