22nd Aug, 2017

Rick Stein and Moomins highlight Stratford Literary Festival

Laura Kearns 11th Aug, 2017

RICK Stein, the Moomins and a host of other big names will highlight this year’s Stratford Literary Festival.

Throughout Autumn the festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an impressive lineup at the Stratford Artshouse.

On Friday September 22 award-winning food writer Yotam Ottolenghi will talk about some of his signature recipes.

And on Friday October 6 BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel will give his views on life and politics in the Trump-era.

The festival continues its popular half term activities with a day of events on Wednesday October 25 celebrating the Moomins, created by celebrated illustrator Tove Janssen. Children age three to 11 can enjoy story-telling, workshops with Escape Arts, a puppet show in Moominvalley and competitions to win Moomin merchandise.

And continuing the international affairs theme for the grown-ups – on Saturday October 28 leading human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE, will be discussing gender inequality.

She will be followed on the same evening by BBC Correspondent and multi-award-winning war reporter Fergal Keane OBE, who will share growing up in Ireland and his experience of reporting from some of the world’s greatest conflicts.

On Wednesday November 8 popular chef, restaurateur and TV presenter Rick Stein OBE will be taking the audience on a lunchtime culinary odyssey to Mexico and California, the subject of his latest book and accompanying TV series.

The series will round off with an event on Thursday November 16 in partnership with the RSC in which the best-selling writer Robert Harris will be in conversation with Mike Poulton about the challenges of adaptating his epic trilogy Imperium which will be premiered later the same evening at the RSC Theatre.

Tickets cost from £10. Visit www.stratlitfest.co.uk to find out more and www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk to book.

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