From the very early days of Port Eliot Festival, our aim has always been ‘to do things differently with words’. This year, Whitnail & I director Bruce Robinson will tell us about his search for Jack the Ripper; Gloria Steinem will recall her life on the road; Isy Suttie will avoid adulthood at all costs and Ali Smith will celebrate public libraries. Here’s a flavour of this year’s literary line-up. You’ll find our full line-up here.
Whitnail & I director Bruce Robinson on his search for Jack the Ripper.
Noel Fielding discusses his paintings
Dawn French in conversation with Miranda Sawyer.
Gloria Steinem recalls her life on the road.
Decca Aitkenhead on love, loss and what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.
Isy Suttie on avoiding adulthood at all costs.
David Bramwell tells his 83% true story of a unique inheritance: a 100-year-old moustache.
Helen Dunmore discusses her new Cold War novel.
Sarah Pascoe discusses her biography of the female body.
A.L. Kennedy tells the story of a good man in a bad world.
Alex Wade shines a light on the life of a night lawyer at a national tabloid.
David Quantick with his new novel The Mule – “a Da Vinci Code with a sense of humour”.
Guardian columnist Tim Lott discusses his novel about love, the lure of idealism, innocence and decadence.
Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong introduces his first novel ‘Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals’.
Ali Smith celebrates public libraries.
Geoff Dyer explores why we travel.
Amy Liptrot discusses her remarkable memoir of addiction and recovery.
Juliet Nicholson takes us through seven generations of women in ‘A House Full of Daughters.
Chris Cleave’s new novel weaves little-known history, and a perfect love story, through the vast sweep of the Second World War.
Luke Wright on the hollow reality of the New Labour dream.
Michael Morpurgo discusses the inspiration behind his best selling books.
Olivia Laing investigates loneliness, art and the modern city.
Erica Wagner celebrates Alan Garner.
Travis Elborough discusses his loving exploration of public parks and green spaces.
Sarah Moss on her unflinching portrayal of family life.
Legendary music producer Youth teaches us how to make a hit record.
Miranda Sawyer takes a long, hard look at the mid life crisis.
The Guardian’s inaugural migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley, explores the refugee crisis.
Max Porter discusses his much-lauded first novel, ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’.
‘Love, Nina’ author Nina Stibbe discusses her new novel ‘Paradise Lodge’.
Keiron Pim brings David Litvinoff to life.
For our full literary line-up click here.