Schedule Summary


1      Fri 9 Oct 1900         Kevin Crossley Holland                 Live


2      Sat 10 Oct 1500      Robert Smith                                  Live


3      Sat 10 Oct 1900      Ursula Buchan                                Pre-record


4      Wed 14 Oct 1900   Henry Sutton/Harry CW                 Live (TBC)


5      Thu 16  Oct 1900    Jonty Driver                                    Pre record 


6      Sat 17 Oct 1500      Festing/Ionides/Cory Wright        Live


7      Sat 17 Oct 1900      Peter Willis                                     Pre-record


8      Wed 21 Oct 1900   Andy Bloomfield                            Live


9      Thur 22 Oct 1900       Briony Bax                                      Live


10    Fri 23 Oct 1900      Peter York                                        Pre record

Please be aware that all events are subject to change due to Covid 19 restrictions

Events in Detail



Kevin Crossley-Holland in conversation with Phil Barrett.

Art and Artistry: a personal view. Best-known as a children’s writer, Kevin’s literary output is as wide-ranging as he is prolific. Translator, poet, librettist, dramatist, memorialist, mythologist; you name it, he’s done it. In what promises to be a spellbinding event, Kevin discusses his art with his old friend Phil Barrett.

Friday 9 October - 1900

Physical audience plus online



Robert Smith, MBE, Wells’ harbour master, in conversation with Ian Scott.

A (virtual) Walk Around Wells with Wells Harbour Master, drawing from Robert’s in-depth knowledge of the sea and the town of Wells, looking at some of the past and present challenges faced by the harbour. In conversation with Ian Scott.

Saturday 10 October 1500



Ursula Buchan, distinguished journalist and author of Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps.

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps. The granddaughter of the man best known for The Thirty-Nine Steps recounts the astonishingly varied life of the novelist, MP and Governor-General of Canada. A story as surprising as many of his thrillers, superbly told.

Saturday 10 October 1900

Pre-recorded online


Henry Sutton, crime novelist, and local artist Harry Cory-Wright

Dirty Harry

Where do ideas come from? Setting or character? Crime novelist Harry Brett (aka Professor Henry Sutton, UEA’s Director of Creative Writing) and photographer and artist Harry Cory Wright take you on a literary and pictorial tour of Norfolk’s shadier corners, while shining a light on one particularly ruthless fictional family.

Wednesday 14 October 1900

Physical audience plus online 


Jonty Driver, campaigner against South African Apartheid and writer, in conversation with his Jon Cook, emeritus professor of creative writing at UEA.

Life and Work.

Almost thirty years ago Francis Fukuyama said that history was a thing of the past – and his ideas gained some credence. How long ago that seems. With the resurgence of nationalism and neofascism in Europe and the United States – long flourishing elsewhere – the magisterial work of poet and antiapartheid leader Jonty Driver is all too topical

Thursday 16 October 1900

Pre-recorded online 


Sally Festing, Polly Ionides, Harry Cory Wright, local artists.

Poets, Artist and Place.

Three artists working respectively in the mediums of poetry, photography and sculpture discuss their work and the inspiration behind it. Sally, Harry and Polly are very much aware of each other’s sphere of work. This looks set to provide some fascinating insights into the influence of one art on another – not to mention the importance of place.

Saturday 17 October 1500

Physical audience plus online



Peter Willis, President Nancy Blackett Trust, sailing enthusiast, journalist and former deputy editor Classic Boat.

The Big Six.

Eighty years since the publication of Arthur Ransome’s Norfolk Broads children’s classic: The Big Six, celebrated yachting writer Peter Willis raises a glass. 

Saturday 17 October 1900

Pre-recorded online


Andy Bloomfield, Holkham  warden 

The times they are a changin’. 

 Andy reflects on the way in which conservation has helped create our AONB here on the N Norfolk coast, and on the considerable challenges it faces in the future. Andy, sometime wrestler, calls a spade a spade

Wednesday 21 October 1900

Physical audience plus online 


Briony Bax, poet, writer, producer, editor and social activist,  editor of Ambit Magazine since 2013

Lament. Briony Bax in conversation with Vicky Rangeley- Wilson about her new collection concerning an individual’s journey with schizophrenia.

Thursday October 22 1900

Physical audience plus online


Peter York (Sloane Ranger Handbook) 

The War against the BBC.

It’s been said that the fifth of twelve early warning signs of fascism is a controlled mass media. With both Right and Left complaining of their representation on the BBC and the government seemingly intent on abolishing the Licence Fee, Peter will launch one of the most important books of the year: his and Paddy Barwise's analysis of one of Britain’s most revered institutions.

Friday October 23 


Pre-recorded online


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