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Stratford Literary Festival Autumn 2017

Yotam Ottolenghi Book Sweet
Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh with SBK staff
L-R: Sarah Graham, Sue James, Laura Gaydon of SBK with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

SBK were delighted to be asked once again to sponsor the 2017 Stratford Literary Festival Autumn programme and as always, the choice of speakers did not disappoint.

The programme began in September with the delightful duo Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, talking all things “Sweet”.

The audience were captivated by Yotam’s tales of the early days in his career and learned that his speciality at the time was whisking egg whites – something he clearly maintains to this day.

The pair ended their session by creating a superb fruit and meringue roulade that was auctioned off afterwards and raised £100 for the Literary Outreach Programme.

Jon Sopel at Stratford Literary FestivalThe BBC’s North America Editor Jon Sopel flew in from the US to appear on stage during October and regaled the audience with some highly amusing anecdotes of Trump’s America.

He provided some incredibly candid insights into American politics and his own up-close experiences of Trump’s America, from gun shops to riots and the gaudy splendour of Donald Trump’s billion dollar empire.

Shami Chakrabarti, currently the UK’s leading voice in human rights gave an impassioned talk on global gender inequality, arguing it as the greatest human rights abuse blighting our planet.

Fergal Keane, BBC Kenya Editor provided the Festival with a literary first when he joined live from Kenya via video link. No stranger to war, he grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and has reported on some of the most disturbing war zones during his career as a BBC journalist.

Suzanne James Rick Stein Laura Gaydon SBK
Suzanne James and Laura Gaydon of SBK with Rick Stein

Ending on another food note, Rick Stein took the audience on a culinary journey of California and Mexico, extolling the virtues of chillis and tortillas.

Despite his immense popularity and skills as a chef, restaurateur, author and TV presenter, he still feels he’s not a ‘proper chef’ and will one day be found out.  We very much doubt that.

Another successful festival over, we now look forward with anticipation to the Spring 2018 programme.

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SBK Sponsors The Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford literary festival autumn programme 2017

Stratford literary festival autumn programme 2017 The 2017 Stratford-upon-Avon Autumn Literary Festival is almost here and SBK are proud to once again sponsor the programme.

Our events this season feature a great line-up of personalities, starting this Friday 22nd September with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, followed by Jon Sopel, Shami Chakrabarti, Fergal Keane and Rick Stein over the coming weeks, providing some wide-ranging and fascinating conversations to look forward to.

The full event programme can be viewed at

This year SBK are doing something a little different.

We are holding a competition to win a prize of £100 of Waterstones vouchers. To enter, all you need to do is fill in this short form online and you’ll automatically be put forward for the prize draw. Terms and conditions are noted below.

We hope you enjoy the Festival events and we look forward to seeing you there.

Free prize draw rules and regulations

  1. You must be resident in mainland UK to enter our free prize draw.
  2. All entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  3. Employees of Sheldon Bosley Knight and their families are not eligible to enter.
  4. Only one entry per person is permitted. 
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost, or damaged.
  6. The closing date is 17th November 2017.
  7. The first valid entry drawn will be the winner.
  8. The winner will be formally notified by email no more than 14 days after the closing date. Full details of the prize will be given in writing upon request. Where we notify a winner by email, we will ask for confirmation of receipt by reply email.
  9. Sheldon Bosley Knight’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize winner will be randomly drawn from all the valid entries, and contacted by Sheldon Bosley Knight. Only the winner will be contacted personally.
  10. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available on entrants’ request.
  11. Sheldon Bosley Knight will not be liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part in this prize draw. 
  12. Use of false name or address, e.g. a name by which the entrant is not usually known, will disqualify them from receiving any prize. Sheldon Bosley Knight reserves the right to oblige any potential winner to provide documentary proof of their identity and address as directed by Sheldon Bosley Knight before such person may claim their prize. 
  13. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time. Entry in this free prize draw implies acceptance of these rules.

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