LitFest Goes Wild

As a literature festival set in a beautiful region of the UK, we’re celebrating the start of summer with four inspirational writers who will be speaking at The White Horse Bookshop on 3 June.

This is a new venture for LitFest, separate from the main festival weekend, and made possible by our lead sponsors, Brewin Dolphin.

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Helen Dunmore

October 3, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Helen Dunmore - The Lie cover

Helen Dunmore was the first ever winner of the Orange Prize, in 1996.

She has also won the National Poetry Competition, The McKitterick Prize and the Whitbread Novel of The Year. Her most recent book, The Lie, was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize this year.

Some of Helen’s most powerful work is set in the 1st World War period and The Lie also sees a return to the Cornwall of her first novel, Zennor in Darkness. The idea of an older generation misleading a younger one is echoed by a seemingly unimportant lie which grows in significance over time. Her dominant themes include isolation, the difficulty of adjustment and mental illness.

In addition to being a successful novelist, she is a poet, short story writer, children’s author and writes for national newspapers.

Helen’s work is on the GCSE English Language syllabus and she has taught at the Arvon Foundation and Bristol University. Her critical writing has included works on Emily Bronte, Tolstoy, DH Lawrence, F Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf.

This event is sponsored by Dauntsey’s School Dauntseys Logo


October 3, 2015
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Assembly Room, Town Hall