Latitude 2018: Oscar winner Asif Kapadia and queen of teen lit Juno Dawson join line-up

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Latitude organisers have added more big names to this year’s line-up, from Oscar winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia to queen of teen literature Juno Dawson.

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Kapadia, who won an Academy Award for Amy and a BAFTA for Senna, will be talking to top film critic Mark Kermode who’ll also host a live version of his Celluoid Jukebox radio show during this year’s festival.

Award-winning author and activist Dawson is part of the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Who Owns the New Feminism panel.

She’ll be joined by prize co-founder and bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist Natalie Haynes; Sunday Times best-selling author and co-presenter of The High Low Podcast Dolly Alderton and award-winning author and broadcaster June Sarpong.

Sticking with literature, Sunday Times bestselling author Matt Haig will give a special reading of Notes On A Nervous Planet.

Dolly Alderton. Picture: JOANNA BONGARD / FESTIVAL REPUBLIC

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Other spoken word and debate additions include Reggie Yates, Adam Kay, Sky at Night’s Professor Chris Lintott, Robin Ince, Sabrina Mahfouz, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb with Ian McMillan, Jack Rooke’s Love Letters, Modern Love and Table Manners with Jessie Ware and Adam Buxton.

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Comedian Simon Evans brings his Edinburgh Festival sell-out show Genius.

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Latitude Festival returns to Henham Park from July 12-15, spanning music, theatre, dance, film, comedy, literature and spoken word.

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