Some changes to the programme



We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to this year's Festival.

Before we are able to do so, we need to share two pieces of important information with you about enforced changes in the programme.

First, due to Covid travel restrictions, Paula Byrne has to return to the USA before her planned appearance at the Festival's LIterary Tea on 25th October. 

However, despite the extremely short notice, we are delighted to let you know that actress, writer and historian Karin Fernald actress is making a welcome return to the Festival to give an illustrated talk on Jane Austen and the Slave Trade.
Although Jane never wrote directly about slave trade, there are intriguing references to it in her novels. Her three favourite authors were all keen anti-slavers. Karin’s wonderful lecture is packed with fascinating and well-researched period detail.

The tea will, of course, be as delicious as ever!

Secondly, Covid itself poses its own open-ended issues for the Festival. The safety and welfare of our audience must be our priority and we are following Government guidelines. Please would you note that:
* although there will not be socially-reduced seating at venues, you should wear a face mask at all the events and use the hand-sanitizer provided;
* we ask you not to attend any event if you have symptoms of Covid or have had a positive lateral flow or PRC test or if you are self-isolating or quarantining;
* guidance about Covid precautions to protect everyone will be sent to ticket holders nearer to the start of the Festival and posted on the website; and
* if speakers cannot attend because they fall ill or have to isolate, we will cancel the event and issue refunds or, if possible, endeavour to replace the speakers.

FInally, please look out for furhter  information about the programme and the speakers which will be coming soon.