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Dulwich Literary Festival: The Way We Live Now

The Dulwich Literary Festival takes its theme from the Anthony Trollope novel The Way We Live Now. First published in book form in 1875, Trollope’s novel was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s. The author had returned to England from Australia and sought to express his shock and disgust at the extent to which greed and corruption had become systemic in the spheres of politics, commerce, journalism and diplomacy. In 2016, as the world trains its gaze towards the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, it seems fitting to re-examine Trollope’s exposé of British society, rich in satire and drama, and to compare and contrast it to how we live today. With some of UK’s best-known names in politics, fiction, poetry and history on the adult programme, they also have a series of children’s events to entertain and delight. Highlights Friday 11 November Called to Account 7pm. The George Farha Auditorium, Dulwich College. £15. Harriet Harman and Margaret Hodge: two women who have given exceptional public service to the UK discuss a crucial aspect of contemporary life, …

Vince Cable Opens Dulwich Literary Festival

By Pan Pylas Opening the Dulwich Literary Festival at Dulwich College’s Old Library, Vince Cable was in fine form and appeared totally at ease with his surprise defeat in May’s general election, when he lost his Twickenham seat after 18 years. Without betraying any bitterness, Cable said his former Conservative partners in the coalition government were “very good at slaughtering people.” Cable’s Liberal Democrats proved the chief whipping boys in that general election, collapsing to a rump of eight seats in the House of Commons. Using a medical analogy throughout to describe the events chronicled in his book “After The Storm,” the former Business Secretary described the 2008 global financial crisis as the “economic equivalent of a heart attack.” And though the patient is faring better, he or she, is “still connected to life support.” That’s clear in the fact that interest rates are apparently “lower than at any time since the Babylonians.” That’s a broad sweep of history and humour that the new Parliament is missing. Cable conceded that he and his Liberal Democrat colleagues …

10 Questions for Helen Lederer

What inspired you to get involved with the Dulwich Literary Festival? I am getting addicted to festivals as I tour ‘Losing it’ and have gone around the country – it will be very special to experience it on my doorstep and with such great names as well! I can see Dulwich in action without getting a train ticket. How long have you lived in the area? About 12 years I think. Hopped over from Brixton – a wonderful little cottage where you could leave your door open. What made you decide to base the protagonist in your book ‘Losing it’ in Dulwich? Ah well, I was sitting in The House of Tippler and thought it might be a great setting for ‘women who have drinks’. The moment when Millie loses her Spanx had us howling at Around Dulwich HQ! What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Being caught on CCTV in Covent Garden having a much-needed nifty pee pee – well I don’t have proof I was caught but I was always embarrassed …

Dulwich Literary Festival 2015 with introduction by Helen Lederer

by Helen Lederer I’ve discovered there are consequences to publishing a book. No more is there a mad dash in and dash out of a book shop or even a lazy browse. Now I skulk about wondering if my book is stocked, and if it is, I debate whether I should yank it out of the shelf to make it look more prominent on a table – or wonder if I might bribe the book shop to allow me stand at the door and direct people to my signed copies before suggesting they might like to write me five star reviews on amazon. Actually I do none of these (no really, I don’t) but I have learned about the wonders of the world of the Literary Festival. All year I have been discovering more pleasures as I travel to different towns and meet amazing people who make these events happen. The best bit (for me) is actually meeting and talking to the readers who have actually read my book and share a glass of wine …