Buxton Festival Literary Weekend 13 to 15 November

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Speakers include David Starkey, Gyles Brandreth, Simon Armitage, John Julius Norwich, Howard Middleton and Andrea Wulf.

Baking, booze and banter all feature in the second Buxton Festival Literary Weekend, which takes place from 13–15 November in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton.
Highlights of the packed literary event include historian David Starkey who is certain to have strong opinions on the impact of Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary. Following his popular appearance at last year’s Buxton Festival, Gyles Brandreth returns to indulge in a spot of witty Word Play.

In Walking Away, poet Simon Armitage talks about his walking tours of the coastal fringes of Britain’s south west, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish. John Julius Norwich explains the enigma at the heart of Sicily, covering everything from erupting volcanoes to the assassination of Byzantine emperors, from Nelson’s affair with Emma Hamilton to Garibaldi and the rise of the Mafia. As The Great British Bake Off gets into full swing on the television, we welcome 2013 Bake Off favourite Howard Middleton who will be revealing the secrets of gluten-free cookery. Meanwhile John Aitchison talks about 20 years as a wildlife cameraman and the journeys of discovery on which his work took him. Historian Andrea Wulf delves into the story of scientific pioneer Alexander von Humboldt, a man who explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world’s highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Ruth Ball, founder of Alchemist Dreams, a company dedicated to making handmade liqueurs blended to order, presents a delicious history of the secret, exciting and often dangerous world of illicit spirits.

As well as events in the Arts Centre, the Old Hall Hotel plays host to the popular Literary Lunch, which features a strong Derbyshire flavour with talks from Chatsworth housekeeper Christine Robinson; Derbyshire-based thriller novelist Sarah Ward; and biographer Laura Thompson discussing her insight into the lives of the Mitford sisters.

Tickets for all these events are available from the Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190 or online at buxtonfestival.co.uk.

Details of listings follow….

Friday 13 November 2pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
Ruth Ball: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain
The founder of Alchemist Dreams, a company dedicated to making handmade liqueurs blended to order, presents a delicious history of the secret, exciting and often dangerous world of illicit spirits.
Tickets: £10.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Friday 13 November 4pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature
A fascinating exploration of Alexander von Humboldt, the pioneering scientist who changed the way we look at nature.
Tickets: £10.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Friday 13 November 7.30pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
David Starkey: Magna Carta
The UK’s leading constitutional historian promises to amaze and challenge as he assesses the impact of Magna Carta and how our constitution stands today exactly 800 years later.
Tickets: £17.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk

Saturday 14 November 10.15am, Pavilion Arts Centre
John Julius Norwich: Sicily, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
The veteran historian and travel writer explains the enigma at the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest island, covering everything from erupting volcanoes to Garibaldi and the rise of the Mafia.
Tickets: £10.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Saturday 14 November 12.30pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
Howard Middleton: Delicious Gluten-Free Baking
Championing inclusive baking, Great British Bake Off favourite Howard Middleton shows how you can create tasty, tempting bakes that are all wheat-free and gluten-free.
Tickets: £10.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Saturday 14 November 2.30pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
Simon Armitage: Walking Away
Poet Simon Armitage tells the story of his walking tour of South West England, giving readings every night, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish.
Tickets: £10.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Saturday 14 November 5pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
John Aitchison: The Shark & The Albatross
Wildlife cameraman talks about 20 years of adventure, danger and inspiration, searching against the odds for the perfect shot of the world’s most fascinating animals.
Tickets: £10.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Saturday 14 November 7.30pm, Pavilion Arts Centre
Gyles Brandreth: Word Play
Join Gyles Brandreth – wit and word-meister – on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words and wordplay.
Tickets: £17.50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk
Sunday 15 November 12 noon, Old Hall Hotel
Literary Lunch
A slap-up Literary Lunch featuring Chatsworth housekeeper Christine Robinson, biographer Laura Thompson on the Mitfords and thriller writer Sarah Ward.
Tickets: £50. Box Office: 01298 72190. buxtonfestival.co.uk