Banish all thoughts of those rain-drenched days on English beaches, forget your forlorn August attempts to have fun in muddy fields and plunge yourself instead into this year’s Soho Literary Festival – a feast for the metropolite, a banquet for the literary, a gala for the cultued Londoner.
Last year’s inaugural Soho LitFest brought a glittering combination of writers and thinkers. Many were veterans of The Oldie’s monthly Literary Lunches and all were selected from the cream of English writing – historians, novelists, journalists and politicans at the cutting edge of contemporary thought.
The 2012 Festival promises all the above and more.
2pm Michael Frayn
3pm Dominic Sandbrook on the seventies
4pm Tony Parsons & Mark Ellen
5pm Artemis Cooper on Patrick Leigh Fermor
6pm Craig Brown & Friends
7pm Prue Leith and Sam Leith – Leith on Leith
8pm John Major – My Old Man
2pm Michael Palin interviewed by Barnaby Rogerson
4pm Ruth Rendell and PD James, Head to Head: Queens of Crime
5pm Ferdinand Mount & John Bird
6pm Debate – The Euro: Is it all Greek to you?
7pm Colin Thubron
8pm Giles Coren
9.15pm Jeremy Vine
12pm Keeping it in the Family – Shirley Hughes with Ed & Clara Vulliamy
1pm The Press & Politics – a special relationship?
2pm Richard Ingrams & The Oldie: the first twenty years
3pm Kate Summerscale and John Walsh
4pm How to spot a psychopath: Simon Baron-Cohen & Kerry Daynes
5pm Tim Lott
6pm Pam Ayres – Solo Show
7pm Bomber Command – Mira Bar-Hillel, Patrick Bishop, Tony Iveson
8pm Dear Lupin with Charlie Mortimer
11.30am Classic children’s poems with performances by Timothy West, Prunella Scales…
12.30pm Asa Briggs
1.30pm Jane Ridley on Bertie
2.30pm Fay Weldon – Habits in the House
3pm Patrick & Henry Cockburn: A Father and Son’s Journey through mental illness
3.30pm Quiz: How well do you know your Classics?
4pm Soho Stories
4.30pm Clive Stafford-Smith
5pm Virginia Ironside
5.30pm Debate: What became of the Arab Spring?