Keggie Carew
Friday 29 May
17h00 France/16h00 UK

Keggie follows her Costa Biography winning first book, Dadland, with this entertaining collection of anecdotes about a wide range of her personal misadventures that she attributes to “incompetence, paranoia, insecurity, clumsiness … or pure bad luck at being in the wrong place at the wrong time”.  Keggie is a brilliant story-teller and a highly engaging speaker; join us to hear her recount some of her misadventures with her trademark humour, honesty and self-deprication.  


There is no charge for these talks, in keeping with our ethos of offering a free literary festival.  If you would like to offer Festilitt much needed financial support, click here to see how you can become a friend or patron.  Thank you! 

Tracy Chevalier
Friday 5 June
17h00 France/16h00 UK

We welcome Tracy back, 3 years after she came to Parisot, to talk about her latest novel, A Single Thread.  It features Violet, whose fiancé was killed in WWI and who, therefore, is unable to conform to the socially expected roles of wife and mother.  Eking out a living as a typist for an insurance firm, she has two ambitions: to embroider a kneeler for the cathedral and to ring its bells.  

Inua Ellams 
Friday 15 May
17h00 France/16h00 UK

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, who has published four volumes of poetry and performed internationally at a huge variety of events, ranging from the Royal Opera House to Glastonbury festival.  His first play won a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh festival and his fourth 'Barber Shop Chronicles' sold out its run at the National Theatre.  In 2019 he toured extensively with his critically acclaimed one-man show 'An Evening with an Immigrant'.

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It looks as if these strange days of lockdown may stretch out before us for several more weeks.  In the face of such social isolation, we at Festilitt have put our heads together about what we can do to keep you entertained and connected with other book lovers.  Our answer: LockdownLit - a series of online talks and interviews on Fridays at 17h00 that we hope will mark a wonderful start to your weekends. 

LockdownLit: a series of free weekly talks with authors to help get you through social isolation  

Clare Pooley
Friday 22 May
17h00 France/16h00 UK

A BBC Radio 2 Bookclub pick, Clare's debut novel tells the story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love.  Clare's writing career started with a hugely popular blog 'Mummy was a secret drinker' written when she gave up work to become a full-time mother to three children.  

The Parisot literary festival 

16, 17 & 18 October 2020

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