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2020 (Cancelled) Speakers

The 2020 Festival was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but here is a list of the speakers we had lined up:


Simon Bainbridge: ‘His Great Idol’: William Wordsworth & John Milton 

David Crystal: Let’s Talk about Conversation

John Dickie: Italy’s Mafias: How did they evolve? How powerful are they today?  

Dr Helen Fry: Latimer House during World War II

Geoffrey Gudgion: BOOK LAUNCH: Draca

Linda Hart: Dorothy Parker: Men, Misery & Mirth

Lester Hillman: Three Cheers for the Regent’s Canal!

Paul Kent: P G Wodehouse: The Comedy that is Tragedy 

Andrew Lownie: The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves

Dame Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fashion

Jane Robinson: Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders: The Adventures of Women Pioneers in the Traditional Professions

Dr David Starkey: Six Wives:The Queens of Henry VIII.

Ryan Thwaites: Vaccines: What are they and how do they work? 

Martyn Whittock: ‘Mayflower Lives’: The People behind the Legend

Chloe Wong: Florence Nightingale: Her Life & Legacy

Nicholas Foxton: A Writing Life

Denise Beddows, Tony Kent & John Marley: Crime Pays Discussion Panel 

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