Southwold: Kate Adie, Jeremy Paxman and Peter Snow join book festival line-up

Kate Adie

Kate Adie

Journalistic heavyweights Jeremy Paxman, Kate Adie and Peter Snow are among the highlights at a popular literature festival.

The annual Way With Words Southwold Literature Festival, from November 7-11, features a line-up of writers and other media figures discussing a range of topics – from national themes like Kate Adie’s talk on the pioneering women of the First World War and their legacy, to more local interest, such as Robert Colls’ discussion of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four author George Orwell, who lived in Southwold.

Politics and economics is dealt with by Peter Snow, former Newsnight presenter, as well as diplomatic and defence correspondent for ITN, in his talk on the relationship between Britain and America.

Lord David Sainsbury and Robert Harris will also be discussing their latest works, while some talks will take on a more personal emphasis, such as that given by film reviewer Barry Norman, who will discuss his life, with particular focus on his wife who died in 2011.

St Edmunds Hall is hosting most of the events, apart from those on Monday November 11, which will take place in St Edmunds Church.

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Waterstones is the festival’s official bookselling partner, and the Norwich branch will be running the festival’s bookshop at St Edmunds Hall.

The full programme of literature festival events is now available online at

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Tickets are available from September 10, both online and by phone on 01803 867373.

Ways with Words also offers three or four night packages, which include tickets to events, with the local Swan Hotel or Crown Hotel.

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