SLF Goes Virtual

We're bringing the Festival to your house

We weren’t able to have you with us at the Festival live this year so we’re doing the second best thing: bringing the Festival to you! Join us as, everyday this week, we bring you interviews we've recorded with some of the authors who should have been with us this year. We’ll be adding them every day from 6am for you to listen to here, and each one is available with subtitles so everyone can enjoy them. If you enjoy them, then please consider DONATING to the Festival!

Available now: Sam Bourne To Kill A Man
The writer AKA Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, talks to Julia Wheeler about his latest bestseller, why lockdown is business as usual and why it’s important to dress properly when he’s writing.

Available now: Cathedrals: Ships of Heaven
The writer Christopher Somerville and stonemason Andrew Ziminski discuss with Julia Wheeler the stories behind the history and construction of some of our greatest buildings, and argue that they need to be reopened as soon as possible. 

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Available now: David Barrie Incredible Journeys
Winner of the Sunday Times Nature Book of the Year, David Barrie shares with Clare Clark the astonishing stories of how animals travel and are guided around the world by the most unexpected means.

Available now: Clare Hunter Threads of Life
A fascinating insight into the surprisingly political history of sewing from the nuns who created the Bayeux Tapestry to the revolution that was the Singer sewing machine. In conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Available now Catherine Belton Putin's People
The former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist reveals to John Jefferies the untold story of how Putin and his KGB entourage seized power in Russia and built a new league of oligarchs, and what that means for the world.

Available now: The Accidental Memoir
Lennie Goodings, chair of the feminist Virago Press, and Clover Stroud, writer and mother of five, talk to Caroline Sanderson about how the memoirs they began ended up as something much more intensely personal.

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Available now: Michael Frayn Magical Memoir
The brilliant author and playwright, best known for Noises Off, shares with Nicky Cox his latest series of vignettes on modern technology which turn out to be remarkly prescient of today's weird world.

Available now: Simon Reid-Henry on Empire of Democracy
The award-winning historical and political geographer takes a panoramic look at the Western world since the 1970s and considers what the democratic world may look like post-Covid. In conversation with John Jefferies.

Available now: Christina Lamb Our Bodies Their Battlefield
The Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Sunday Times talks to Clare Clark about her important book - the first major account to address the scale of rape and sexual violence in modern conflict and what war does to women.

Available now: Damian Barr You Will Be Safe Here
The writer shares his highly-acclaimed novel, now in paperback, based on true stories and set in South Africa over a 100 year period, which reveals the story behind brutal camps designed to change lives. In conversation with Tim Hubbard.

Available now: Felicity Cloake One More Croissant for the Road
We round off the week by whisking you away on a food odyssey around France with the Guardian food writer as she explores the country’s very best dishes and ingredients, discovered on her award-shortlisted two wheeled journey. In conversation with Meg Sanders.

With thanks to our brilliant chairs: Tim Hubbard, Clare Clark, Nicky Cox, John Jefferies, Meg Sanders, Caroline Sanderson, Julia Wheeler

Can you help us?

The Festival is a charity and the cancellation of the Festival, and the subsequent loss of ticket revenue and donations, is having an enormous impact on us and especially our outreach work. If you've watched and enjoyed the conversations and feel able to donate to support us, we would be very grateful.


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