Windsor Festival 2015 unveils a rich literary lineup

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Windsor, 29 July 2015

Windsor Festival is celebrating 45 years in autumn 2015. The highly respected annual arts festival will be located within and around the grounds of Windsor Castle, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, from 20th September 2015 to 4th October 2015.

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Windsor Festival presents an impressive literary lineup. The vibrant fortnight of celebrations will reflect on the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede, the anniversaries of the Battles at Agincourt and Waterloo, and Windsor’s place in Royal history. With 14 talks and plays taking place over the course of the Festival, visitors will certainly not be lacking in choice. Resonating highlights of the program include:

Join three outstanding authors and writers with strong connections to India, Lee Langley, Neel Mukherjee and Alastair Niven, as they discuss the enduring appeal of the country. Is it colonial nostalgia that draws us back to the sub-continent, conscience about its extremes of wealth and poverty, or recognition of its uniquely rich and diverse culture? Find out at ‘Why do we like reading about India so much,’ on Sunday, 20 September at 4pm in the Guildhall, High Street, Windsor.

King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood — greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? In this talk, bestselling historian Marc Morris, author of King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Magna Carta, will draw on contemporary chronicles and the king’s own letters to bring the real John vividly to life. Join us at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park on Tuesday, 22 September at 3.00pm.

How does the Man Booker Prize work? Who chooses the judges? Do they really read all the books? And what does it do to you if you get near to winning the Prize? Four individuals with first-hand experience and answers to all of these questions, and more, will discuss the most celebrated literary prize in the world. The Man Booker Prize Panel Discussion will be held on Friday, 25 September at Guildhall, High Street, Windsor at 2.00pm.

Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous movie stars of all time. She became a legend, an icon, without apparently ever growing old. She was a byword for glamour and sex-appeal, and her film career encompassed a hugely successful cabaret career in her later life. But in her final years she became reclusive and more and more dependent on her daughter, Maria. ‘Miss Dietrich Regrets’, staring Elizabeth Counsell and Moira Brooker, is a revealing and poignant new look at the ageing Marlene, alone in a Paris apartment, battling with her daughter to retain her independence to the very end. The performance will take place on Sunday, 27 September at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park at 8.00pm.

Author of word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet’s Angel, Salley Vickers will be returning to Windsor Festival with The Boy Who Could See Death at 7pm on Tuesday, 29 September at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park. A master of the uncanny and the unexpected, this collection of eleven remarkable stories see Salley explore bereavement and betrayal, closely guarded secrets and common gossip, long-overdue endings and decidedly strange beginnings.

Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director, said: “Windsor Festival is marking 45 years this autumn and we are excited to be presenting you a particularly thrilling programme of events. We hope this captures your imagination as much as ours and invite you to join us as we reflect on the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede and Windsor’s place in Royal history.”

The full programme and booking information are available at www.windsorfestival.com

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