Thame Arts and Literature Festival (TAL) has grown over six years to become one of the most respected boutique festivals in the literary calendar.
This year, 36 talks, drama, poetry and film presentations will play at venues across the beautiful, historic market town of Thame. Speakers will include professors from Oxford, Cambridge and Warwick, doctors of medicine and philosophy, comedians, national journalists, famous politicans and for children, Plum the dog, along with her mistress Emma Chichester Clark.
Festival director Yvonne Maxwell said: “The festival is a glorious opportunity to indulge in the luxury of listening to great speakers, hearing wonderful music and seeing excellent drama, art and film - all packed into a single weekend.”
The eclectic mix of subjects at this year’s festival, from Friday October 16 through to Sunday 18, includes the French Resistance, the gardens at Eythrope, clothes rationing, the life of Clementine Churchill and Thunderbirds!
This year’s Founder’s Lecture will be given by genetic epidemiologist Dr Tim Spector around our reltationship with dieting and food.
Former Secretary of State Vince Cable, offers a unique perspective on the state of the global financial markets. The TAL short story competition is open to all non-professional authors. Festival tickets available online or from Thame Town Hall.
Full programme details for the weekend , and the short story competition, can be found at www.talfestival.org