The Burnham Market Book Festival
1st - 3rd November 2013

Burnham Market Book Festival is back this year with a weekend of chapter and verse, debate and speakers. Be booked out from all else between Friday 1 and Sunday 3 November to join us in our new lecture theatre at the Hoste in Burnham Market. Our weekend festivals have always attracted excellent speakers and interviewers. 

This autumn we have a glittering array of writers and speakers. Come and enjoy  Jenny Agutter speaking with her producer and writer of the Call the Midwife Series; Guardian columnist and 18th century literature expert John Mullan will be discussing themes in Jane Austen and popular veteran of the festival Oxford professor and TV presenter Diarmaid McCulloch returns to introduce is most recent work on silence in Christian History. 

Nicola Beauman of Persephone Books will tell the story of the publishing company she set up in 1998 to reprint and showcase  women writers of the inter-war period. On Saturday night former MI6 chief John Scarlett will chair a panel on the secret service, including BBC security correspondent Gordon Carera and author of Bletchley Park Codebreakers Michael Smith. The eminent Tudor historian Anna Whitelock talks to Henrietta Bredin about her latest book Elizabeths Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queens Court and writer Patrick Barkham, who delighted us all with his butterfly talk at the last festival, returns with a much more controversial subject, Badgerlands. Former Conservative cabinet minister Gillian Shepherd joins us to tell us what it was really like working with The Real Iron Lady and journalist Harry Mount takes an idiosynchratic look at the national psyche in How England Made the English.

See Simon Gough talking about writing his book The White Goddess here. He will be discussing his years with the poet Robert Graves with Jenny Agutter on Saturday 2 November.

Please note that the timing of some of the talks has changed since publication of the programme. Diarmaid McCulloch will be talking at 12pm on Saturday and Patrick Barkham will be on at 2pm on Sunday.

Burnham Market Book Festival is a small, exclusive event.  Click on "About the Festival" for previous programmes which have featured A.C. Grayling, Kate Adie, Simon Jenkins,  Jenny Agutter, Richard Mabey,  Dan Cruickshank,  Simon Heffer and  Norman Stone.   

Mark off in your diary the first weekend in November to be stimulated, entertained by these and the many other events in our stimulating festival of books and ideas held in one of England's most beautiful coastal market towns.


Click on the Programme page for the PDF programme or download booking form here.

For tickets ring the Whitehouse Bookshop on 01328 730 270 or email