Literary delights

Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley

Buxton will be home to celebrities and top authors when the Buxton Festival’s literary series kicks off this weekend with Dame Ellen MacArthur on Saturday, and closes in style with Joanna Lumley and Alan Titchmarsh on the July 27.

Joanna Lumley is the most recent addition to the Festival’s stellar line-up as she replaces the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire who was due to join Alan Titchmarsh on July 27 at 10.30am at Buxton Opera House. Instead, Joanna will be talking to Alan about her new book Joanna Lumley Absolutely in what promises to be a fascinating and highly entertaining exchange.

Also new to the bill is best-selling author Lynne Truss, who replaces A C Grayling on July 26 at 10.30am, also at the Opera House. Lynne, author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, will be reading from her latest book of highly original monologues A Certain Age. These beautifully observed tales about love, romance, friendship and family will evoke laughter and sympathy in equal measure.

Joanna Lumley, Alan Titchmarsh and Lynne Truss will be joined by many more of the finest minds in literature, journalism and politics, including Melvyn Bragg, General Lord Dannatt, Roy Hattersley, Matthew Parris, Will Hutton and many more.

Tickets are selling quickly for Buxton Festival, which runs from July 9 until July 27. Under-30s can purchase any available seats for just £5. Visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk for details or call 0845 12 72 190. Brochures: 01298 70395. Tickets: 0845 12 72 190.