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Welcome to the Chalfont St. Giles Literary Festival web site
Welcome! Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Literary Festival 2014 is to run from 6th –18th May.
This year’s events form a collection of both commemoration and celebration.
Understandably, we could not possibly let 2014 go by without commemorating the centenary of the beginning of World War I. In recognition of the fact that, for much of 1914, Europe was at peace, we have experts on Nursing and the Friends Ambulance Service; we welcome Denis Moriarty to speak on British poetry, music and art of the time; as well as experts on both Researching Genealogy and Aviation of the First World War.
In welcoming back author Allan Mallinson, we will hear about his book on the Army and the years leading to 1914.
We are also delighted to welcome Ken Follett with his Century Trilogy and hope that this will put the events of the past one hundred years into perspective. The 200th anniversaries of two of Jane Austen’s books, written to a background of wartime Europe, will be remembered at our opening event; Gabriel Woolf will talk about Dylan Thomas; and a speaker on local authors G K Chesterton and Enid Blyton may provide a lighter interlude. Meanwhile we are very pleased that we have an afternoon of poetry readings – chosen by yourselves. As in previous Festivals, we have a writing class and the opportunity to discuss publishing with an expert.
We are pleased to welcome LiTTLe MACHiNe with their rendering of poetry in a modern musical style. Lance Pierson and his group 'In Voice and Verse' will help us celebrate the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with an evening of the Bard’s poetry, both spoken and sung.
In keeping with the Tudor times, we are thrilled to welcome Dr David Starkey talking about the life of Henry VIII. Dr Starkey will also be presenting the prizes to our competition winners on Sunday 18th.
I am very pleased to announce that we have again received very generous sponsorship for our themed writing competitions for students aged between 11 and 22. We are giving first prizes in all classes of £75, second prizes of £50 and third prizes of £25. Please see here for details.
The Festival would not be possible without the sponsorship, help and support from many, including: Chiltern District Council, Chalfont St Giles Parish Council, the Chalfont St Giles Country Show, Chalfont St Giles Residents’ Association, Buckinghamshire Building Society, the Revitalisation Steering Group, as well as other local businesses and many individuals, some of whom have also given their time, energy and expertise. Acknowledgements are also given in our programmes.
We hope that you will find our Festival of interest. We look forward to welcoming you to the Chilterns. Events take place in some of our oldest and most interesting buildings. Why not visit for a few days? We have a first class choice of restaurants and inns, as well as a varied selection of everyday and gift shops, right here in our picturesque village!
Kathleen Martin, Festival Chairman, February 2014
Previous festivals: for details of the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 Festivals, including programmes and writing competition winners, click the 'Past Events' link on the left, or [here]