New Events

With whispers of swallows returning and only a couple of months before the start of the festival, we are delighted to announce a number of exciting new events which have been added to the programme for 18 and 19 June.

Not to be missed is James Macdonald Lockhart and Mark Cocker on Saturday 18 June.  James’ debut book, Raptor, is a unique and soaring account of Britain’s breeding birds of prey.  James will be speaking with Mark Cocker, celebrated author of numerous wonderful books including Crow Country, Birds and People and Birds Britannica.


Charles Foster, author of the ground-breaking, Being A Beast, will now be speaking with Miriam Darlington on Sunday 19 June.  This event promises to be a fascinating, hugely entertaining conversation between two brilliant authors who have produced a couple of the most remarkable, thought-provoking books published in recent years on the relationship between humans and wild animals.

We are thrilled to see the number of free events we are offering to children swell. Naomi Howarth (whose beautiful book, The Crow’s Tale, was shortlisted for the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize 2016) will be giving a reading of her book followed by a drawing workshop where you can have a go at bringing Crow to life yourself.

There’s also a chance to stretch the legs with foraging expeditions led by Michael White and an ambulatory writing workshop with Katherine May. And then, for a well-earned rest, head for the bar where we will be teaming up with local brewers, distillers and wine-makers.

Tickets are limited, so nab them soon!