The Oldie magazine, buoyed by the success of last year's inaugural Soho Literary Festival, has not only decided to put on another one but extend it to four days. There's a heavy emphasis on well-known names but they're not all coming to puff up their latest me-biog, with some in-depth discussions planned.
War correspondents Lindsey Hilsum and Patrick Cockburn debate what happened to the Arab Spring, Stephen Glover and Roy Greenslade discuss the relationship between politics and the press, and economic journalists try to make sense of the Euro crisis. Other events take on mental illness, human rights with Clive Stafford-Smith, Bletchley Park, class divisions, the 1970s and gardening.
Moving on to the slebs and big hitting novelists: Michael Palin (pictured), Michael Frayn, Pam Ayres, Tony Parsons, former Prime Minister John Major, Ruth Rendell, PD James, Giles Coren, Jeremy Vine, Kate Summerscale, Tim Lott, Fay Weldon, Marina Lewycka and Virginia Ironside are all scheduled to appear. We also think you should particuarly check out:
- a quiz hosted by fabulous Classicist and AA Gill-rebuffer Mary Beard
- Timothy West and Prunella Scales presenting beloved children's poems
- Private Eye satirist Craig Brown and friends
- Londoners author Craig Taylor, Dan Cruickshank and Barry Cryer bringing to life the Soho Stories app (read our review of the app itself).
All events take place at the Soho Theatre and cost £9 each, but a £25 Festival Pass gets you into five events and saves £20.
The Soho Literary Festival runs 27-30 September at the Soho Theatre, Dean Street. For more information see the Festival website.