Distance Learning Days Out: Literary Festivals in May


Hay_Festival_Early_Edition_2008May is the month for literary festivals.

“Thirteen days of literary frolics in North Wiltshire” are promised by The Swindon Festival of Literature (http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk/) which runs between May 4th and 16th. A.C. Grayling and Jung Chang will be helping to make that happen.

In the South West, the Fowey Festival (http://www.foweyfestival.com/) from 9th – 16th May includes a day of readings from the novels of Daphne du Maurier, a discussion of how Poldark has been adapted for the screen and a talk by Patrick Gale.

The Jaipur Literature Festival returns to London this month for the weekend beginning May 16th, showcasing South Asia’s multilingual literary heritage. Check out the website at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/jaipur-literature-festival-88784 for a sample of what is on offer.

From May 15th – 25th, the Sussex-based Charleston Festival is held in the grounds of what was once the home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, so is the perfect setting for Bloomsbury Re-imagined, a discussion of how the Bloomsbury Group has been portrayed in print and on screen. The programme of events also features Tom Stoppard and Colm Tóibín. (http://www.charleston.org.uk/whats-on/festivals/the-charleston-festival.)

And finally, David Almond, author of Heaven Eyes, which is studied in Year 9 of The Oxford Home Schooling English course, will be appearing at the Welsh base of the Hay Festival this year as part of a special programme aimed at young people. David Baddiel is also there, promoting his new book The Parent Agency and John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, will be discussing this popular novel. For older visitors, Graham Swift, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ben Okri make up only a small part of a very impressive line-up from 21st -31st May. For more information see: http://www.hayfestival.com/wales.

So, why not pay one of these a visit and have fun as you learn something new?

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I have been working for Oxford Open Learning since 2010 and love helping my students with their English and History courses. As a teacher and personal tutor, I have taught pupils from all around the world, aged from three to adult. I am often to be found with my head in a book and sometimes I have four or five on the go at the same time. I love learning about History and Art and am passionate about literature.

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