Book Now for Daunt Books Spring Festival

Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street is one of our favourite bookshops and for the first time they will be holding a festival, on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th March. James Daunt has talked about wanting to create a ‘feeling of truancy’, that people could sneak off from work at lunchtime to enjoy a talk. It is probably the only literary festival to be held entirely in a bookshop (although the Walking Club will be venturing outdoors to discuss Michael Cunningham’s wonderful novel The Hours in Regent’s Park).

Highlights include novelist Sebastian Barry talking to critic Alex Clark; bestselling novelist Maggie O’Farrell and Booker shortlisted writer Deborah Levy discussing their favourite Virago Modern Classics; Adam Foulds, Evie Wyld and Rebecca Hunt tackling what it’s like to be considered a Bright Young Thing and the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in discussion with historian Barbara Taylor about her time in an asylum. Colin Thubron, Tracy Chevalier and AL Kennedy among others will also be appearing.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what it was that Virginia Woolf, EM Forster, Roger Fry and their friends ate you can find out as there will also be a talk about The Bloomsbury Cookbook. For under-fives, Emma Chichester Clark will be reading from her work. As if all of this was not enough, Rococo Chocolates, La Fromagerie and The Ginger Pig Kitchen will all be providing treats which are included in the ticket price. Most events cost £5 or are free but two of the events have already sold out and others are likely to as well so don’t delay in booking.

Daunt Books Festival
27 - 28 March
83 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW
£30 for a festival pass giving access to all 12 events; Individual prices vary, please check website for details.
020 7224 2295
— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
26th February 2014