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An Evening with Brian Blessed and Max Hastings

Brian Blessed in Stratford upon Avon

Max Hastings - The Secret WarSheldon Bosley and their guests spent a fascinating and somewhat diverse evening at the Stratford Literary Festival on Thursday.

Firstly, the highly respected military historian, Max Hastings, talked about his new book The Secret War, Spies, Codes and Guerillas.  He regaled the audience with tales of eccentric professors and a number of somewhat inept secret agents whilst also giving a fascinating insight into the complexities of global intelligence during WW2.  Following a relaxing drink at the bar in the Stratford Artshouse, the second author to speak was completely different though equally enjoyable.

Brian Blessed in Stratford upon AvonTo a packed room, Brian Blessed, the actor, film star, coffin maker, wrestler, explorer, mountaineer and would-be space traveller treated the audience to a unique and highly entertaining account of his extraordinary life frequently interspersed with shouts of ‘Gordon’s Alive’!  As well as his ribald stories and an operatic turn he showed his more reflective side too and, to the disappointment of those in the room who could have continued listening for hours, he eventually concluded the evening with the philosophy by which he says he has always lived, ‘the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure’.

Stratford Literary Festival Autumn 2015Sheldon Bosley are delighted to be associated with the Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival, which continues to go from strength to strength.  The Autumn Plus Programme featured a string of entertaining events for all ages and we are very fortunate to have a festival of this high standard, right on our doorstep.

Brian Blessed Signing Autographs

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Stratford Literary Festival Autumn 2015

Stratford Literary Festival Autumn Events 2015

Brian BlessedWe are really excited to be sponsoring the Stratford Literary Festival Autumn Plus Events later this month.

This mini festival of literary treats runs from 22nd to 29th October and features some very well-known and much loved personalities from the worlds of film, theatre, cooking, history and poetry.

Jo Bell Poetry WorkshopWe kick off with a poetry workshop by multi-award winning poet Jo Bell who will be leading this lively and discursive full-day event from 10am to 3.30pm. Suitable for all abilities!

Tom KerridgeLater that day Tom Kerridge, popular TV chef from BBC’s Food & Drink and Spring Kitchen series as well as Saturday  Kitchen, Great British Menu and MasterChef will be sharing his story and the creation of his latest book Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes.

On the 29th, best-selling historian Max Hastings will present ‘The Secret War‘ in which he examines the other war waged by British, American, German, Russian and Japanese intelligence-gathering personnel, charting the successes and failures of Allied and Axis forces, espionage and counterespionage.

Max HastingsThe much-loved Brian Blessed will no doubt be in splendid form when he takes the stage for his session aptly named ‘Absolute Pandemonium‘. He will walk us through his riotous career that has taken him from Z-Cars to the role of Boss Nass in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Last but by no means least, Sir Tim Rice, world famous lyricist who has csir tim riceollaborated with the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Alan Menken and ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, will discuss his astonishing career in ‘Sir Tim Rice – In Conversation‘. His clever words have made Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast (to name a very few) the blockbuster successes they have become.

Not forgetting the little ones, there will be a full day of fun and exciting activities for children on the 29th featuring a Halloween workshop, creative writing skills, singing, a theatre adventure with Playbox Theatre and a delightful session with bestselling author Chloe Inkpen.

Click here to download the festival leaflet   OR   Click here for links to book tickets.