Celebrating 21 years of Poetry-next-the Sea  

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2018 at The Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea



Day and Time

Clore Room


Friday 11th

May 2018

18:30 - 19:45

10:00 - 11:00

Saturday 12th

May 2018

11:30 - 12:30

13:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 15:30

16:00 - 17:00

18:00 - 19:15

Sunday 13th

May 2018

10:00 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30

Kevin Crossley-Holland: A North Norfolk Man. The poet, novelist and librettist reveals the sources of inspiration that have made him one of the country’s best-loved children’s writers and poets. Accompanied by a short film and followed by a reception. 

Behind the Scenes at Slightly Foxed. Hazel Wood and Gail Pirkis discuss the genesis and development of the literary magazine that is one of the most heartening literary success stories of the last ten years.

Adventures in the Screen Trade Giles Foden, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, recalls the trials and tribulations of bringing his novel The Last King of Scotland,  David to attend)

The secrets of the Man Booker Sarah Hall and John Mullan – both Booker judges – discuss the magic and the machinations of the country’s most prestigious literary prize. 

Cole’s Notes. Poet and journalist Robert Cole intersperses his poetry workshop with readings from his dazzling debut, London Poems. 

The Reputation Game. The Festival’s very own David Waller discusses his latest book about creating - and retaining – personal as well as corporate reputations. Now what was that about Goldman Sachs? 

Arthur Ransome’s East Anglia. The Festival’s very own Jim Ring on how Arthur Ransome brought the fairy dust of Swallows and Amazons to the Norfolk Broads and the Suffolk Marshes.  

He Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. Sam Llewellyn describes how he turned himself from a fine art dealer into a prolific writer of sea stories; and how he mined his North Norfolk upbringing to such account.

‘Very flat, Norfolk.’ Norwich novelist D J Taylor energetically dispels some misconceptions about the literary landscape of Norfolk.

Sarah Perry? Essex Serpent (David to attend)

Goths and Vandals in North Norfolk. Local campaigners Ian Scott and Godfrey Sayers discuss their latest project conserving the unique qualities of the coast.  

The Truth behind Trump. Peter York, head of the commentariat and the man who brought you the Sloane Ranger, on the Donald phenomenon and how he keeps his hair on.   

From the trenches to the wasteland. Festival patron Matthew Hollis discusses how and why his award-winning biography of Edward Thomas led to his new project on TS Eliot’s The Wasteland. 

Swan Song. Retiring festival artistic director Fiona Fraser discusses some of her favourite poetry with Daily Telegraph feature writer Peter Stamford. With readings by Richard Heffer.