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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 15th Jun 2015

The Tabernacle

7pm

Polly Samson

Polly Samson

Polly Samson is a gifted writer of novels, short stories, and song lyrics. She has written extensively for such publications as the Observer, the Guardian and the Sunday Times, and her short stories have been widely anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio. She has authored numerous works of fiction, including her latest novel The Kindness, which was published in March 2015. She has written lyrics for a number of successful albums, including Pink Floyd’s chart-topping The Division Bell and their 2014 work The Endless River, as well as David Gilmour's most recent solo album, Rattle That Lock.

Roger McGough

Roger McGough

Roger McGough is 'The patron saint of poetry’ according to Carol Ann Duffy. Newly elected President of the Poetry Society, Roger McGough has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for good behaviour. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and presenter of the long-running Poetry Please. His new book is As Far As I Know - truly a cause for celebration. Hilarious and surreal, he is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too. ‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times.

Jane Wellesley

Jane Wellesley

Jane Wellesley is an Independent Television Producer and author of Wellington: A Journey Through My Family. Her father was the 8th Duke of Wellington born in 1915, a hundred years after the first Duke's momentous victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, but only a little over sixty years after the death of his celebrated ancestor. Most of us view the First Duke of Wellington as an iconic figure, whose name has been claimed by pubs, squares, streets, and, of course, rubber boots. In this highly personal account, the public man gives way to the private, and Wellington's legacy is seen through the eyes of those who have followed in his footsteps.