Hungerford Literary Festival

This year Arts for Hungerford, in association with the Hungerford Bookshop, are delighted to be organising the fifth Hungerford Literary Festival. Arts for Hungerford stages and promotes arts events throughout the year. This new partnership will ensure that the festival will continue to grow in reach and stature.

2016 has seen the release of some stunning biographies. In the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth we are delighted to welcome his official  biographer to the festival to give a personal insight into the ‘genius storyteller’. As a fan of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s fiction I am excited that Artemis Cooper returns to Hungerford to talk about the writer whose turbulent private life often overshadowed her books. Finally, I would thoroughly like to recommend Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory – this very highly praised book is a poignant and spellbinding mission to uncover her maverick father’s past. It’s a book I shall be giving again and again this Christmas.

With Jenni Murray headlining – how wonderful to hear her in person! – social history from Sian Evans, sporting history from local writer John Rowlinson, beer tasting, three events for children, a life-writing workshop, an exciting publishing project that’s calling for new writers, a film with a personal touch, all rounded off with a rousing, atmospheric night of poetry – well, we just can’t wait for it to start!

This year there will be a café set-up in the day in the John Newton Room of the Croft Hall, a proper bar at most events, and even a Vietnamese lunch to complement our ‘Rising Stars’ event (though please book in advance for this).

Grateful thanks goes to our sponsors Greenham Common Trust, Bruce MacFarlane, Chilton Farms Ltd, Hungerford Town Council, Hungerford Chamber of Commerce, Dickins Hopgood and Chidley, and to those who sponsored anonymously. Thanks also to all the volunteers involved.

See “Coming Soon” at the foot of the page to buy Tickets


Sat 22 Oct – Family Story Steal Mash-Up with Nicola Chester

Hungerford Library (and bookshop & Arcade) 10:30 – 1:30. Tickets £3 per child.     Nicola Chester will be leading a fun ‘story steal mash-up’ for children and their parents. You will search the library, Hungerford Bookshop and antiques in the Arcade to find two or three ingredients to inspire your short story. It could be… Continue reading →

Sat 22 Oct – Beer Tasting with Jeff Evans

Croft Hall, 4pm. Tickets £10 See the foot of the page “Coming Soon” for tickets. Jeff Evans is the former editor of CAMRA’s best-selling ‘Good Beer Guide’, piloting the ‘beer lover’s bible’ through eight successive and successful editions. He has subsequently written eight editions of the ‘Good Bottled Beer Guide’ for CAMRA Books, as well… Continue reading →

CANCELLED: Sun 23 Oct -‘Rising Stars’ Event – Emma Chapman & Hannah Kohler (chaired by Lis Allen) ‘The Last Photograph’ & ‘The Outside Lands’

The Croft Hall, 2pm. Tickets £6 (Pre-bookable Vietnamese style lunch available at 1pm for £10). See the foot of the page “Coming Soon” for tickets. Two remarkable writers to watch out for in the literary world talk about their new novels, that explore the impact of the war in Vietnam. In Emma Chapman’s ‘The Last… Continue reading →

Sun 23 Oct – Bright Scarf Poetry Evening & Open Mic

The Croft Hall. Bar opens 6:30pm (event starts 7:00) Tickets £6 (open mic tickets £5 – limited availabilty) See the foot of the page “Coming Soon” for tickets. Join the ‘Bright Scarf Poets’ as they perform some of their acclaimed work on stage. The group will be joined by Newbury poet and Storyteller, Steve Wallis,… Continue reading →

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