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Journalist, Broadcaster, Festival Honorary Patron

Broadcaster and journalist Alex Clark has been a regular chair at CLF for many years, and has recently become an honorary patron of the festival.


Join her as she interviews a selection of great writers, taking you into their imaginative worlds, offering you an insight into their work and having some much-needed fun on the way.



Alex talks to Guardian journalist, Hadley Freeman, about her fascinating family story. 

Hidden for decades and unearthed by the discovery of a shoe box in her French grandmother's treasured belongings , Hadley's memoir " The Stories and Secrets of  a Twentieth Century Jewish Family" reveals all. 


Calling all Jane Austen fans!  Gill Hornby’s latest novel,  Miss Austen, tells the story of Cassandra Austen and her famous sister, Jane, and makes her as captivating  as any Austen heroine.


Gill Hornby discusses the joys and challenges of finding her Austen voice with Alex Clark

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EPISODE 3 | Marian Keyes

After 25 years of glorious insightful and No. 1 bestselling books Marian Keyes is possibly the best person to disarm us with her honesty, emotional intelligence and above all her brilliant wit. Marian talks to Alex Clark from their respective Irish lockdowns. 

Also available to watch in New Events

EPISODE 4 | Robert Webb

Robert Webb, best known for his roles in Mitchell & Webb and Peep Show, talks to Alex about his life in lockdown and how he came to write his debut novel Come Again, a time-travelling story of love and redemption.

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EPISODE 5 | Alexandra Shulman

Join former Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman as she discusses her new book Clothes and Other Things Matter. A fascinating insight into her thoughts on the emotion attached to clothes that we wear, what to wear in lockdown, how remaining comfortable is key and her views on why representing real women in Vogue was incredibly important.

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EPISODE 6 | Hallie Rubenhold

We have been fascinated to discover the identity of Jack the Ripper, but why not his victims? The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper finally provides Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane with a dignity in death 130 years after they were killed. A brilliant and fascinating read.

Hallie Rubenhold discusses how she pieced together the real stories with Alex Clark

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Huge thanks to the wonderful women at Pocket Productions for their expertise, patience and pro bono hard work.

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