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LITERATURE


A series of Literature events at the International Study Centre, Cathedral Precincts at 8pm. Tickets £8.


Marina Lewycka The bestselling author of A Short History of


Tractors in Ukrainian and Two Caravans, which was set on a Kent strawberry farm, comes to Canterbury. Her latest novel is We Are All Made of Glue. From bonding to bondage, from B&Q to Belarus, this is a story of a very unlikely friendship.


Wednesday 20 October Festival Foreword: Novelist Danny Rhodes


The Heroes Debate Today’s fictional heroes: who are they and how


are they changing? A panel debate featuring award-winning writer Peter James (Dead Like You), discussing his detective Roy Grace; acclaimed writing duo Nicci French (Complicit), on strong female heroes; and Philip Hensher, author of the Man Booker Prize short-listed The Northern Clemency. Chaired by Nina Bell, whose latest novel Lovers & Liars is about abusive relationships.


Thursday 21 October


Sarah Waters After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s with her number one bestseller The Night Watch. In The Little Stranger she remains in the 1940s, setting her story in a crumbling country manor house haunted by a dying way of life – and perhaps by something more sinister...


In conversation with Patricia Debney.


Friday 22 October Festival Foreword: Poets Gary Studley and Vicky Wilson


Chaucer Tales Celebrating one of the most


influential figures in the history of English literature in an evening of discussion and performance. Join Trevor Eaton a.k.a. The Chaucer Man, who brings to life The Canterbury Tales in Middle English; Chaucer expert Professor Peter Brown of the University of Kent; and Canterbury Laureate Patience Agbabi, who brings us up to date with her major work-in- progress inspired by the Tales.


Monday 25 October


Andrew O’Hagan The latest novel by the James Tait Black Memorial Prize winning author is The Life and Opinions of Maf The Dog and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe. In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Maf – a picaresque hero with an instinct for the 20th


century.


Wednesday 27 October Festival Foreword: Novelist Andrew McGuinness


Festival Foreword Free pre-show events at 7pm featuring the Canterbury Laureate Squad


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1. Marina Lewycka Image © Iain Phillpott


2. Peter James 3. Andrew O’Hagan 4. Sarah Waters


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