Hanif Kureishi, Kate Mosse and Mark Billingham are part of the literary line-up for this year’s Latitude festival, taking place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July 2015 in Henham Park, Suffolk.
Playwright, screenwriter and novelist Kureishi will give a talk on creative writing. Mosse will discuss ‘Weddings in Literature: from Shakespeare to Game of Thrones' with Dr John Mullan, presented by the New Statesman, as part of the festival’s 2015 theme ‘For Richer for Poorer, For Better for Worse’. Crime fiction writer Billingham will be appearing in collaboration with country band My Darling Clementine, presenting new show ‘The Other Half', which is a story of love, loss and murder told in music and words.
Other highlights will include the New Statesman presenting British broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr in conversation with social anthropologist Kate Fox and singer-songwriter Frank Turner being interviewed by journalist Ian Winwood about the publication of his book The Road Beneath My Feet (Headline). Guardian columnist John Crace will bring his popular Digested Read column live to Latitude, providing pastiches of the most popular writers, and author Matt Haig will also appear.
Also joining the line-up is Guardian national history writer Patrick Barkham, discussing his new book Coastlines (Granta Books) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust's campaign to save the British coast. BBC Radio 4's Viv Groskop will also present her stand-up show ‘Say Sorry to the Lady’, about the challenges of everyday life when everything annoys you.
The Shed of Stories Arena will play host to fiction writer and literary critic Wendy Holden, who will be talking about her new novel Wild & Free (Headline Review), stand-up poet, author and musician Tim Clare discussing his fiction debut The Honors (Canongate), and author and Guardian writer Ben Johncock presenting his debut, The Last Pilot (Myriad Editions). Meanwhile, Ali will cook dishes from her new book Pitch Up, Eat Local (Automobile Association) followed by a talk discussing the joys of eating and sourcing local food and artist Karrie Fransman will host a graphic novel workshop around the release of her latest publication Death of the Artist (Jonathan Cape).
Galley Begger Press will be presenting the talk ‘Last Pitch Attempt! (From Slush Pile to Bound Book)’ for aspiring authors. There will also be a Faraway Forest area, which will host The Faerie Tale Ball, featuring promenade theatre, live music, interactive creatures, puppetry, art installations and more exploring the darker side of fantasy. The Pandora’s Playground area will host Dylans Mobile Bookstore again this year, specialising in books associated with Wales and Dylan Thomas.
Adult day tickets cost £77.50 plus a booking fee and weekend tickets cost £192.50 plus a booking fee. More details about the festival can be found on the Latitude website.