Literary festivals

My Sri Lankan stroke: how a book festival turned into a horror story

17 February 2018 9:00 am

This time last year, it seemed that life couldn’t get much better for me: I had a new book out…

Amanda Foreman’s diary: My inspiration as a Man Booker prize judge

9 January 2016 9:00 am

So far my responsibilities as the 2016 chair of the Man Booker prize have been rather light. We’ve had our…

Andrew Roberts’s diary: Just who’s the despot here – Napoleon or Paxman?

1 November 2014 9:00 am

To the British embassy in Paris for a colloquium on ‘Napoleon and Wellington in War and Peace’ organised by our…

Jeremy Vine’s diary: Zipcars, hipster milk and the word that means I’m losing an argument

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Last Tuesday I tried to sign up to a new life. My wife and I argued, slightly. ‘I don’t think…

My grandson’s Great Leap Forward

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Oscar!’ cried Miss Herd as I arrived. She was standing at the classroom door releasing her charges one by one…

Alexander McCall Smith’s diary: Meeting Babar’s creator

8 February 2014 9:00 am

As any author will tell you, literary festivals differ widely. If you are invited to Willy Dalrymple’s Jaipur Festival, with…