Literature to take centre stage during Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s final weekend
- Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017
The power of words is being put into the spotlight from Friday to Sunday at Norwich's Chapelfield Gardens.
Celebrating Norwich's status as a UNESCO City of Literature, 15 events over three days feature in this year's City of Literature programme presented in association with Writers' Centre Norwich for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Chris Gribble, WCN chief executive, said: 'We have pulled together a whole range of writers and speakers.
'We wanted to take the temperature of current political and social debate so we wanted to theme it around revolution and people who will speak up and tell the story of what's really happening - from Mexican journalists reporting on drug cartels to commentary on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
'We have got some wonderful writers, from historical to contemporary, over the weekend.'
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When asked to pick out three highlights, Mr Gribble said: 'On Friday we have the Harriet Martineau Lecture which is called Speaking Truth To Power and features two Mexican journalists. It's absolutely riveting hearing their accounts of working in Mexico and reporting on the drug cartels.
'On the Saturday so many things are happening. We have Satire and Protest which is about the rise of graphic novels and their roles in political comment and revolution.
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'On the Sunday we have got an event with Henry Sutton and Ross Raisin. They both write books about outsiders.'
He added: 'I would just encourage people to come along and try one event and I have no doubt you will end up staying for more. It's a really friendly environment and a great setting in the Adnams Spiegeltent and Literature Tent.'
Friday in the Adnams Spiegeltent
10am: Churchill vs Attlee - John and Paul Bew look at the legacies of Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee.
12.30pm: Speaking Truth To Power - Mexican journalists Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernandez give the Harriet Martineau Lecture.
2pm: A Manual for Heartache - Richard Beard, Max Porter and Cathy Rentzenbrink discuss the healing power of words.
Friday in the Literature Tent
11.15am: Life After Tiananmen Square - Madeline Thien's latest book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, looks at the traumatic legacy of one of the most
significant political regimes of the 20th century,
3.15pm: Sharks and Surfboards - Tim Winton discusses his latest book, The Boy Behind The Curtain, with Evie Wyld.
6pm: To Be A Machine - Journalist Mark O'Connell explores the outer limits of technology.
Saturday in the Adnams Spiegeltent
11.30am: Trans Like Me - Academic and trans-activist CN Lester addresses the most pressing questions in the transgender debate.
1pm: Revolutions 5X15 - Five renowned speakers, no script, and 15 minutes each to blow your mind.
Saturday in the Literature Tent
10am: Ways of Seeing: John Berger and the Art of Observation - a tribute to the late Booker Prize-winning novelist and visionary art critic.
3pm: Satire and Protest - Graphic novelists Hannah Berry and Isabel Greenberg look at satire, protest and the revolutionary potential of the
6pm: Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor's fresh take on storytelling will lead the audience on a journey through the landscape and hidden stories of
his new novel.
Sunday in the Adnams Spiegeltent
10.30am: Anne Boleyn - Historian Alison Weir on her latest novel Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession.
Sunday in the Literature Tent
12pm: Your Country Is Lying To You - Investigative journalist Ian Cobain questions what you thought you understood about the workings of the state, and our nation's culture and past.
1.30pm: Russia and Revolution - Historian Robert Service marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and sheds new light
on a turning point in modern history.
3pm: Writing the Fringes - Ross Raisin and Harry Brett (aka Henry Sutton) explore often overlooked voices from the fringes of modern Britain.
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