TV Stars Booked for Literary Fest; ARTS: History, Crime Writing, Gardening among Genres Highlighted

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Byline: By Michael Corley

LARGER-THAN-LIFE food writer Clarissa Dickson Wright is to head a starstudded line-up at a book lovers' gathering in Warwickshire.

Joining her at The Throckmorton Literary Festival will be former BBC war correspondent Kate Adie, and Carol Thatcher - who will be discussing her new biography, A Swim-On Part in the Goldfish Bowl.

The event will take place at the distinguished country mansion, Coughton Court, in Alcester, from Friday to Sunday, September 19-21.

Readings and talks will be staged in the award-winning gardens, that are still owned and managed by the Throckmorton family, who have lived there since 1409.

Most genres will be covered with a series of discussions on historical drama, modern warfare, crime writing, gardening, and children's fiction.

Biographer Patrick French will offer insights into the life and work of VS Naipaul.

Dickson Wright will be joined by Midlands writer Christine Coleman to talk about their writing styles, friendship, and life.

There will also be a strong horticultural presence this year, with BBC Gardeners' World presenter Carol Klein talking about all things green. …