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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Kathryn Simmonds & Patricia Ferguson in conversation with Bidisha

October 3, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The author, journalist and broadcaster Bidisha will interview two other writers of contemporary history whose work she especially admires.

Kathryn Simmonds’s debut novel is Love and Fallout. It tells of a woman revisiting her muddy past at the Greenham Common women’s peace camp.

Her first book of poems, Sunday at The Skin Launderette won the Forward Prize for best first collection and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Patricia Ferguson trained in nursing and midwifery, and wrote her first book Family Myths and Legends while working as an obstetric nurse in Canada. It won the Betty Trask, David Higham and Somerset Maugham awards. Two of her novels were longlisted for the Orange Prize.

In the words of Will Self “…her ability to give form to those shadows that lurk in the corners of the psyche is astonishing”. Patricia’s latest novel is Aren’t We Sisters?

Bidisha is also talking at her own event earlier in the day about her book Asylum and Exile: The Hidden Voices of London.

Patricia Ferguson - Arent We Sisters cover Kathryn Simmonds - Love and Fallout cover


October 3, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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St Marys Church Hall
St Marys Church