What the Critics Would Pay to See, Times Forum, Cheltenham Literature Festival. Hear from Times critics Kevin Maher (film) and Hugo Rifkind (TV) plus me on theatre. We talk about the turkeys and the triumphs and look forward to what to book in the coming year. Chaired by Times Arts Editor Alex O’Connell. £10. To book, go to: https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2018/what-the-critics-would-pay-to-see/
Art Out Loud Festival, Chatsworth, Derbyshire. I am introducing and chatting to the brilliant Times cartoonist Peter Brookes at 2.30. Expect a lively political discussion and a bit of live drawing too. Tickets are £14. There are also day tickets available. To book, go to https://www.chatsworth.org/events/art-out-loud/
I will be interviewing the gardening writer extraordinaire Anna Pavord at 10.30am at the Art Out Loud Festival at Chatsworth. It’s £14 a ticket. If you have visited Chatsworth, then you will know that they have several amazing Dutch tulip vases in their collection. Tulips will be very much on the agenda! To book, go to https://www.chatsworth.org/events/art-out-loud
Meet the Critics, RSA. This is a Times Plus event for subscribers to pose questions to Times critics Richard Morrison, Kevin Maher, Rachel Campbell-Johnson, Will Hodkinson – and moi! Sign up via The Times website.
Saturday, 4 March
The Wild West: Boom or Bust? Panel discussion, chaired by Mark Lawson, on what lies ahead for America and the international community now that Donald Trump is in the White House. Jewish Book Week event. £14.50 King’s Place, near King’s Cross Station, London, N1, 8pm.
From Westminster to the West End: An Evening with Ann Treneman. Talk to Lucy Cavendish College about the similarities (and a few differences) between politics and the theatre. Dramas everywhere! Free but booking necessary through Eventbrite. 6pm to 7pm. Strathaird, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 OBU.
Monday, November 7
Red Box Debate: Trump vs Clinton: Who Will Prevail. Event for Times Plus members. Panelists include Professor Peter Trubowitz, Joseph Sternberg of the Wall Street Journal Europe and me! Chair is Red Box Editor Matt Chorley. Drinks at 6pm. Event from 7pm to 8.30pm. www.mytimesplus.co.uk
Monday, October 10
What do Queen Elizabeth I, Islam and Shakespeare all have in common? I interview historian Jerry Brotton about his book This Orient Isle. Cheltenham Literary Festival event, Inkpot, 1.45pm. www.cheltenhamliteraryfestival.com
Saturday, May 21
“Grave Matters” talk at Bromley House Library, in Nottingham. Part of their talks programme to celebrate their 200th anniversary. 10.30am. The library is at Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL. Phone 0115 947 3134.
Tuesday, May 17
Why are so many famous people end up buried in the wrong grave? Illustrated talk. Tonbridge Civic Society. 7.30pm for 8pm. Angel Centre.
Monday, 16 November
An “in conversation” event with me and the Times’ brilliant cartoonist Peter Brookes at Hatchard’s Bookshop on Piccadilly. We’ll be talking about the ups and downs, rights and lefts of the coalition and beyond. The event starts at 18.30 and the ticket price of £5 is redeemable against either Peter’s new book of illustrations, Testing Times, or my All In This Together. Plus there is even a free glass of wine on entry!
Monday, 19 October.
“The Art of Sketchwriting”. Sketchwriters, past and present from The Times, talk about, well, I think you can guess! Panel includes Matthew Parris, Ben MacIntyre, Patrick Kidd and me. The News Building, London Bridge, 7pm. Booking essential. This is a Times Plus event and so it’s for Times subscribers only. www.mytimesplus.co.uk/events/the-art-of-sketch-writing
Sunday, 4 October –
“The House of Commons: A Users Guide”, panel discussion at Cheltenham Literary Festival, Town Hall, 4.45pm. The panel, besides myself, includes BBC presenter Justin Webb, broadcaster Michael Cockerell and the Times’ Red Box Editor Phil Webster. http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/grid
Friday, 2 October –
“That Was The Coalition That Was”, panel discussion at Henley Literary Festival, 8.30pm, Town Hall. A look back over the five years of coalition government. In addition to myself, who will be talking about All In It Together, the panel includes Polly Toynbee and David Walker, authors of Cameron’s Coup, and Norman Baker, former Minister, and author of Against The Grain. Tickets are £9. www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk (This event is SOLD OUT but you can put your name on the waiting list.)
Friday, 25 September –
“Pencils Sharpened: The Satirists’ Take on Recent Politics”, noon, Blenheim Literary Festival. The Times’ brilliant illustrator Peter Brookes and I will be talking about politics and our new books, Westminster and political life as we know it. £12. www.blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com
Saturday, 16 May:
Illustrated talk, 2pm for 2.30pm at the magnificent Brompton Cemetery (home to Emmeline Pankhurst and so many others). A theme that emerged while I was researching Finding the Plot, that so many of the great and the good, and even the bad and notorious, end up in the wrong graves. Here I explain all! The event is being organised by the Friends of Brompton Cemetery and the Chelsea Society. £10 with refreshments. Further details from: 020 7351 1689 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 14 May: Abney Park in Books
A writer’s night to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the wonderful Abney Park cemetery and nature reserve in Stoke Newington. The event is from 7pm to 9pm at the Stoke Newington Bookshop at 159 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0NY. A £5 ticket includes a glass of wine! I will be talking about my favourite Abney graves and other writers are Catharine Arnold, who explores the dark side of London, its crime, asylums and, of course, its dead in Necropolis and John Turpin who sets Abney in its context in The Magnificent Seven. You can purchase tickets from the bookshop or the little shop at Abney.
Sunday, 8 March, 5pm, Bath Literature Festival.
“What’s Next For British Politics”, an election special panel, chaired by BBC News Business Editor Kamal Ahmed, with a panel including myself, columnists Gaby Hinsliff and Rafael Behr. To book and more information, see www.bathfestivals.org.uk.
5 October, Sunday, 1.45pm-2.45pm, Town Hall, Cheltenham Literature Festival. The Times Guide to the Election panel with Ann Treneman, Daniel Finkelstein, Phil Collins, Jenni Russell and Peter Kellner.
4 October, Saturday, 12pm – 1pm, Town Hall. Henley Literary Festival. In the middle of conference season, Ann Treneman explains why politicians so often end up in the wrong graves and what inspired her to write Finding the Plot: 100 Graves to Visit Before You Die.
14 September, 3.30-4.30pm, Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival. Ann Treneman on grave matters and her book Finding the Plot: 100 Graves to Visit Before You Die.