Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Georgian Gems at the Literature Weekend

Not long now until Lichfield's Literature Weekend (Oct 8th-11th). New Zealand actress and novelist Barbara Ewing will be visiting to promote her novel The Fraud: a story of celebrated portrait painter Filipo di Vecellio who entertains the likes of Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth in his fashionable London home, but whose success conceals a swarm of dangerous secrets (Oct 10th, Wade Street Church, 5pm to 6pm, £5).

On the same evening, David Nokes visits to talk about his biography of Samuel Johnson, a book that attempts to get behind the figure that, to some extent, Boswell created (Oct 10th, The George Hotel, 8pm to 9pm, £6). If Nokes' previous book, Jonathan Swift, A Hypocrite Reversed: A Critical Biography, is anything to go by this should be a revealing look at Lichfield's famous son.

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