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Episode 10: From Page to Stage

Just who are literary festivals for and why do we love them so much? Gail, Steph and host Philippa go backstage with Anne Oxborough of the well-established Ways With Words and Michael Pugh of recent start-up the Llangwm Literary Festival to find out more. From the delights of surprise-hit speakers, post-show river swims, vodka-fuelled poetry sessions and the rise of fancy food stalls to the horrors of airborne green rooms, bacon-roll bust-ups and rail replacement buses, the conversation ranges far and wide in the usual Slightly Foxed way. In this month’s audio-adventure through the magazine’s archives the writer and performer A. F. Harrold goes speed-dating with Iris Murdoch at Cheltenham Literature Festival and, to finish, there’s the usual round-up of recommended reading from off the beaten track.


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Show Notes

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 42 seconds)

Books Mentioned

Slightly Foxed Issue 63 (2:27)

Boy, Roald Dahl (2:32)

The Eagle of the Ninth and The Silver Branch, Rosemary Sutcliff (2:37)

Corduroy, Adrian Bell (2:42)

The Salt Path, Raynor Winn (15:52)

This Is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay (24:05)

Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History, Janina Ramirez (25:11)

The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch (27:07)

Take Nothing with You, Patrick Gayle (33:23)

The British in India, David Gilmour (34:50)

The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker (35:44)

Travels in a Dervish Cloak, Isambard Wilkinson (36:40)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles

A Date with Iris, A. F. Harrold on the novels of Iris Murdoch, Issue 25

Other Links

Oxford Literary Festival (1:00)

Sea Fever Literary Festival, Wells-next-the-Sea (1:08)

– The Festival of Book Clubs, a one-day annual festival in Hook in the autumn (3:38)

Slightly Foxed Autumn Launch at One Tree Books, Petersfield. Tuesday 10 September, 6.30–8 p.m. (4:15)

Ways With Words: Festivals of Words and Ideas, Dartington, Keswick and Southwold (5:05)

Llangwm Literary Festival, Pembrokeshire (6:18)

Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (18:01)

Cheltenham Literature Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival (18:08)

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Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach

The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable

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  1. C. Hill says:

    After listening to all of your delightful and erudite podcasts, I fell even harder for all things Slightly Foxed, so I took a deep breath and subscribed to the quarterly. I can’t wait to receive my first issue. Thank you for your podcast, by the way. There is such a warmth and a feeling of intimacy to the discussions around the table – I wish I was there! I find myself writing down book titles as I listen. Thank you from a reader/listener in New York.

  2. Su Britton says:

    I was having a particularly vexing day and then I remembered it was the 15th of the month. Oh bliss, oh joy. A cup of tea and a friendly literary chat around the kitchen table. (For a Brit living in the USA, the added bonus of British voices with familiar places is fabulous.) Thank you for the therapy. 🙂

  3. S. Sparrius says:

    I have left it far too long to give you feedback on your podcasts but here goes … They are marvellous! Just the right length and pace, not too much content, and delivered in such a warm and friendly fashion. Hooray for Slightly Foxed!

  4. Caroline Walker says:

    Another fascinating insight into the world of books, writing, authors and all the activity that surrounds it. The Slightly Foxed podcast delivers once again an opportunity to learn, escape and relax.

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