2015 Festival Programme

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Morning & Afternoon Evening
12th October
Victoria Glendinning ( T )
Raffles & The Golden

7.30pm, Grove Building, £6

Prize-winning author, Victoria Glendinning, on her acclaimed biography of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore. A fascinating story of imperial adventure in the East.
Victoria Glendinning
Mere Historical Society
Sheep to Ships to North Sea Oil Rigs with Rose Cox
10.30am, Grove Building, RD
Mere Historical Society
Marion Molteno ( T )
Uncertain Light
7.30pm, Grove Building, £6

The Commonwealth Prize winning author talks about her new novel, Uncertain Light, set in the world of international aid workers.
Marion Molteno
13th October
Community Lunch
with Shirley Reynolds
12 Midday, The George Inn

Shirley talks about her family link to poet Edward Thomas.

2 course Lunch £ 9.95. Book with venue on 01747 860427.
Community Lunch
PennyBank Writers
Readings at the Mother's Union
3pm, Grove Building, Free

PennyBank Writers present readings at the Mother's Union Meeting. All welcome.

PennyBank Writers
14th October
Melanie Gow
Walking with Angels
2.30pm, Grove Building, RD

A Photographic Journey with Melanie Gow. The inspirational story of a walk across Spain which made national headlines.
Melanie Gow
The Yellow Book
with David Moon
Hosted by Mere Gardening Club
7.30pm, Grove Building, RD

The guide to the thousands of gardens open for charity each year.
The Yellow Book
A Mere Meander
The Mere landmarks of William Barnes
10am, St. Michael's Church Gate, Free

Guided walk of Mere landmarks connected with poet William Barnes.
A Mere Meander
Film Show ( T )
Two showings of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
4.30pm/7.30pm, Lecture Hall, £6

Presented by Mere Film Shows and Wilts. Moviola
Film Show
15th October
Poetry School Workshops
with Catherine Simmonds
Local Schools (Pupils only)

Local poet Catherine Simmonds leads poetry workshops in the local schools.
Poetry School Workshop
Alan Chedzoy
William Barnes
2.30pm, Grove Building, RD

The poetís biographer talks about Barnesís years in Mere and reads a selection of his dialect poems.
Alan Chedzoy
16th October
Stewart Binns
The Great Series
2.30pm, Grove Building, Free

On behalf of the Wiltshire at War Project, in partner-ship with Wiltshire Libraries, the best- selling author talks about his new series of novels exploring the impact of WW1 on communities in Britain.
Stewart Binns
Sonia Purnell ( T )
First Lady - The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
7.30pm, Grove Building, £6

Following her acclaimed biography of Boris Johnson, Sonia Purnellís new book tells the story of Winston Churchillís wife and argues for her importance in modern history.
Sonia Purnell
Poetry on the Move
This morning listen out for poems in the streets of Mere and in its coffee spots.

Join in with your own works or favourite poems.
Mere Streets Poetry in the Grove
Reading of poems shortlisted for this year's poetry competition.
7.30pm, Grove Building, RD
Grove Building Interior
17th October
Children's Event ( T )
with Heather Chamberlain.
2.15pm, Library, Free Ticket
Fun with the author and pupeteer.
Heather Chamberlain
How Not To Be The Poet Laureate
with Tony Davies
2.30pm, Grove Building, RD

A light-hearted and entertaining talk with cruise ship speaker, Tony Davies.
Tony Davies
18th October
Award Ceremony
with adjudication and reading by poet Chris McCully - senior judge of the 2015 Poetry Competition.
3pm, Lecture Hall, Free
Book Stalls from 2.30pm
Chris McCully