Last Updated on March 3, 2023
According to the poet Ted Hughes November is “the month of the drowned dog”. Not one bit in Southwold: It’s the month of sparky talks and dazzling debate at the Ways With Words Southwold Literature Festival (November 9-12).
Festival-goers can hear speakers on a variety of different topics: Terry Waite talks about surviving captivity; Vince Cable is supposed to be talking about writing novels but he is likely to be tempted to talk about being the leader of the Lib Dem Party, Andrew Wilson will speak about the time when Agatha Christie disappeared meanwhile Suffolk author Nicola Upson discusses her fascination with crime in her novels. David Owen examines life after Brexit and Rosamund Young divulges the secret life of cows.
Poet and author Blake Morrison speaks about the wondrous range of his writings, while Jenny Uglow appreciates the extraordinary life and work of nonsense genius Edward Lear and Roman Krznaric unpacks the history and philosophy of Carpe Diem offering inspiration for anyone prepared to face the challenge of a meaningful life.
Winter days can begin with the sun shimmering over the wild North Sea and finish in a Suffolk pub beside a crackling fire discussing the invigorating events of the day.
Ways With Words Southwold Literature Festival 9-12 November, St Edmunds Hall, Southwold IP18 6JW.