Festival Archive

Who we've welcomed to the Festival so far!

2009

Michael Morpurgo, Professor Martin Sorrell, Pamela Neville-Sington, Hilary Mantel, Gerald Dickens, Val McDermid, Sue Lawley, Hugh Williams, Hugo Swire, Simon Brett, HRF Keating, Sheila Mitchell, Michael Foreman, Nigel Cozens, Virginia Ironside, Dennis Harkness.

2010

Carol Ann Duffy CBE, Simon Brett, Susan Hill, Christopher Lloyd CVO, Jeremy Musson, Nicholas Ridley, Alex Wade, Ian Frost, Hilary Mantel CBE, Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG, Anna Beer, Ian Mortimer, Mal Peet, Caroline Taggart, Richard Swales-Willis.

2011

John Carey, Josceline Dimbleby, Caroline Taggart & Richard Willis, Mavis Cheek, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Sir Timothy Ackroyd, Carol Ann Duffy, Luke Howard, Gillian Clarke, Sir Roy Strong, Chris Waters, Hilary Mantel.

2012

Hilary Mantel, Meredith Hooper, Lemm Sissay, Alison Light, Michael Holroyd, Ginette Vincendeau, Penelope Lively, Wendy Cope, Douglas Hurd, Paul Dodgson, Lucy Adlington, Michael Frayn, Kathy Lette, Professor Jeremy Black OBE, Claire Tomalin & John Carey, John O’Farrell, Peter Hennessy, Joan Bakewell, Dr Ann Wroe, Babette Cole.

2013

Melvyn Bragg, P.D James, Sam Willis, Peter Snow, Peter Stothard, Jacky Kay, Hilary Mantel, Christopher Hill, Rachel Cooke, Edna O’Brien, Callum Roberts, Toby Buckland, Alex Wade, Ed Hogan,  Katie Ward, Julia Copus, Kaddy Benyon, Lavinia Greenlaw, Lynne Truss, James Fleet, Ferdinand Mount, Martin Rees, Miriam Darlington,  Sarah Moss,  Jan Morris, Sara Churchwell.

2014

Paddy Ashdown, Charles Spencer, Mark Watson, Kate Mosse, Claudia Renton, Louise Doughty, Jessie Burton, Naomi Wood, John Lanchester, Fay Weldon, Judith Mackrell, Xiaolu Guo, Phillip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, James Lovelock, Kate Atkinson, Michael Morpurgo, Hilary Mantel, Sadie Jones, Linda Grant, Kate Adie,

2015

John Gray, Helen Lederer, Judith Kerr, Hilary Mantel, Rachel Holmes, Ruth Scurr, Kaffe Fassett, David Lloyd, Paula Hawkins, Renee Knight, Andrew Graham & Debbie Horsfield, Amy Sparkes, Peter Nasmyth, Xinran, Jessie Childs, Liza Klaussmann, David Hare, Margaret Drabble, Robert Douglas Fairhurst, Patrick Gale, Ben Okri, Sarah Waters.

2016

Helen Rappaport, Marcus du Sautoy, Hilary Mantel, Tom Bower, Deborah Moggach, Virginia Baily, Alexandra Harris, Jenny Balfour Paul, Juliet Nicholson, Mike Brearley, Peter Snowdon, Jackie Kay, Andy Brown, Simon Garfield, Harry Parker, Peter Hannington, Tahmina Anam, Luke Harding, Shami Chakrabarti, Kate Summerscale, Mark Haddon, Helen Pearson, A C Grayling, Artemis Cooper

2017

Prof David Crystal, Alastair Sawday, Hilary Mantel, Phillip Hoare, Rev Richard Coles, Meg Sanders, Stephen Moss, Alex Preston, Elizabeth Day, Paulla Cocozza, Amanda Craig, Owen Slot, David Kynaston, Shirin Ebadi, Sarah Perry, Tim Pears, Paula Byrne, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, James Holland, Jeremy Vine, Christine Green, Charles Spence, Nicholas Crane, Alan Lee, Keggie Carew, Miranda Doyle, Sophie Hannah, Bridget Kendall MBE, Sam Willis, Prof James Daybell, Alison Pearson, Alan Johnson, Michael Morpurgo.

2018

Roy & Lesley Adkins, Anna Beer, Lucy Siegle, Vanessa Berridge, Ambra Edwards, John McCarthy, Emily Mayhew, Kirsty Gunn, Chris Power, Maggie Irving, Ciara Eastell, Mary Colwell, Dan Cruickshank, Stephen Walsh, Wendy Cope, Hilary Mantel, Fiona Sampson, Lalage Snow, John Boyne, Sarah Winman, Vanessa Nicholson, Julian Baggini, Michael Rosen, Patrick Gale, Greg Mosse, Raynor Winn, Katherine May, Hannah Fry, Kate Mosse, Ben Kane, Johnny Mercer, Andrew Miller, Kate Morton, Lynne Truss, Lucy Worsley, Susanna Wadeson, Victoria Bacon, Helen Cullen, Kim Sherwood, Caroline Elton, Christie Watson, Michael Morpurgo, Chris Orr, Dr Adam Rutherford.

2019

Emma Darwin, Melanie Reid, Peter Stanford, Alan Cotton, Derek Bardowell, Natalie Haynes, William Henry Searle, James Runcie, Emma Bache, Dr Susanne Fragence Cooper, Hilary Mantel, Emma Smith, Marianne Kavanagh, Lisa Jewel, Felicity Cloake, Kirsty Wark, Peter Hannington, Louis de Berniere, Christina Lamb OBE, Harriet de Winton, Diane Setterfield, Joanne Harris MBE, Andrew Lownie, Susie Orbach, Henry Hemming, Robert Harris, Nina Allen, Prof Helen Taylor, Paul Mason, Sarah Turner, Richard Skinner, Tracy Borman, David Shariatmadari, Christopher Somerville, Polly Clark, Alix Nathan, Dominic Sandbrook, David Barrie, Diana Darke, Luan Goldie, Richard Roper, Tom Holland, Alison Weir, Dr David Nott and Ely Nott, John Lewis Stempel, Jenny Éclair, Baroness Camilla Cavendish, Adam Kay.

2020 Online

Luke Harding, Nazir Afzal, Simon Armitage CBE, Sandi Toksvig, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Robert Winder, Irini Tzortzoglou, Ravinder Bhogal, Helen Macdonald, Perter James, Mark Billingham, Raynor Winn, Penny Wincer, Molly Case, James Naughtie, Sir Kim Darroch, Sarah Moss, Sally Vickers, Kate Humble, Pragya Agarwal, Hilary Mantel, Emily Chappell, Stephen Fabes, James Bell, Elaine Kasket, Michael Wood, Anthony Horowitz

2020 Live

Dame Hilary Mantel, James Naughtie