A free online "festival" of new and classic events for you to listen to or watch

available until the end of July 2020.  

 Event Premiere 


Join winner of the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction, Tayari Jones, as she talks about her latest UK novel, Silver Sparrow.  Alongside Festival chair, Jo Browning Wroe, Tayari explores life in her home town Atlanta following the brutal murder of Rayshard Brooks. Their conversation provides insightful thoughts on issues surrounding the global Black Lives Matter movement, racial politics, and the aftermath of the tragic and brutal murder of George Floyd.

Tayari Jones' event is the final part of our
FREE-TO-VIEW Listening Festival, provided as a thank you for all of your generous donations.

Published online Wed 15th July 2020

In the absence of our traditional Spring Festival, we  recorded a series of events available for everyone to enjoy them whenever you like. 


ALI SMITH in conversation with ALEX CLARK

Available on Thursday 13 August   |   7pm online only

Priority Booking from Monday 13 July

In one of the most ambitious literary projects of our time:

a cycle of novels deeply embedded in time, with time,  about time. 

Every year Ali has joined at the Festival to read from her new book and talk with Alex Clark. This year, Ali is not able to appear in person and so the special seasonal event will work a little differently.


Join us from your homes for an exclusive online event  with Ali Smith talking about her last book in her remarkable quartet. 


It will be a unique event using images and voices curated by Ali Smith and artist Sarah Wood. 
A unique moment in time, not to be repeated and not available to watch again.


Journalist, Broadcaster, Festival Patron

Join Alex as she interviews world-renowned writers, taking you into their imaginative worlds and having some much-needed fun on the way.

In unsettling times, reading becomes even more important - a balm for the mind, a source of comfort and a window into other worlds when our own can seem so frightening and unpredictable.

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