Writer and director Sally Wainwright will make a rare appearance at the Wimpole History Festival in June with Bart Van Es, Michael Morpugo, Melvyn Bragg and Lucy Worsley also on the bill.
The festival, now in its third year, had added a marquee dedicated to children for 2019 as well as a schools day to its programme.
Organisers said “Happy Valley” creator Wainwright will make “a rare appearance” to discuss the true story of fearless Gentleman Jack, nickname of the ‘first modern lesbian’ Anne Lister, and how the story was brought to the screen, with historian Anne Choma.
Lucy Worsley, Antony Beevor, Neil Oliver, Colin Grant and Andrew Roberts will also appear. Journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland will deliver the keynote speech ‘Looking Back to Look Forward’ which will call into question our future ability to learn lessons from history.
Bart van Es will also speak about his book The Cut-Out Girl (Penguin) which won Costa Book of the Year Award 2018.
Festival director Cathy Moore said: “I am delighted to see how quickly Wimpole History Festival has established itself on the festival circuit. I am particularly thrilled at the growing appetite of people of all ages to come together at the magnificent Wimpole Estate over the Summer Solstice weekend to share their passion for history. To feed this appetite we have an even bigger pro- gramme this year which includes a Schools’ Day where we are set to welcome 600 primary school pupils.”
Tickets for the Cambridgeshire festival, which will run from 20th to 23rd June, went on sale this week.