Line up announced for this year’s Shute Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:56 11 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 14 March 2018

Author Esther Freud who is coming to Shute Festival. Picture: SUBMITTED

Author Esther Freud who is coming to Shute Festival. Picture: SUBMITTED


Speakers will include author Esther Freud and gardening broadcaster Anne Swithinbank

Stephen Calloway. Picture: SUBMITTED Stephen Calloway. Picture: SUBMITTED

The directors of Shute Festival have announced this year’s line-up of speakers.

Held during the weekend of September 28 to 30 the festival will welcome Esther Freud, the author of Hideous Kinky, who will be talking about her life as a writer and the challenges of penning her first West End play.

Audiences will also have the chance to hear acclaimed gardening broadcaster and Gardeners’ Question Time regular, Anne Swithinbank, talk about scent in the garden.

Former curator of the V&A Stephen Calloway will speak about the life and extraordinary achievement of Aubrey Beardsley, and staging a major retrospective of his work at Tate Britain. Former Tomorrow’s World and What The Romans Did For Us presenter, Adam Hart-Davis, will discuss the life and work of eccentric artist, William Heath Robinson, while historical writer William Ryan will talk about how a chance encounter with a collection of extraordinary photos taken by an SS officer led to a thriller about Nazi Germany.

Anne Swithinbank. Picture: SUBMITTED Anne Swithinbank. Picture: SUBMITTED

Other highlights include geologist Richard Edmonds bringing the complex formations and history of the Jurassic Coast to life, and environmental campaigner and garden writer Ambra Edwards speaking about her new book, which looks at what makes a great head gardener.

Food writer Lucy Malouf will be whetting appetites with a talk about Middle Eastern food, and former senior UN official Martin Barber will be speaking about the refugee crisis.

Celebrated poet Rachael Boast will be reading from her latest collections and film-maker Renee Edwards will be showing her multi-award-winning feature documentary, One Note at a Time. The film pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and a health care charity which fought to keep them alive, against the odds.

The weekend will end with a performance by Vadi. The group’s three musicians, Ricky Romain, Ramut Gonzalez and Steve Scott, play a number of different Indian ragas, whilst also drawing on influences that include folk, funk and Hendrix.

The festival will also offer a free programme for children, including bush craft, land art, a Punch and Judy workshop, and a sitar masterclass.

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