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Wellington Literary Festival
Michael Nazir-Ali
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali opens the festival in Wellington

Wellington Literary Festival begins on Saturday, October 3 with Dr Michael Nazir Ali.

He has recently resigned as Bishop of Rochester to lead a global ministry against the persecution of Christians by radical Muslims.

He'll be discussing his latest book in which he looks at how the conflict between Christianity and Islamic teaching can be avoided.

Michael Nazir-Ali will be appearing at Wrekin College in Sutherland Road.

Bruce Kent

Anti war campaigner, Bruce Kent appears at New College Hall on Thursday, 22 October. He will be discussing Time to Abolish War and inviting people to help develop a culture of peace.

There are also events at The Place, Oakengates, with appearances by Frank Bruno and Tony Benn as well as special shows for children.

Eglantyne Jebb

Clare Mulley is the award winning biographer of Ellesmere-born Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children.

Clare Mulley
Clare Mulley is the author of a biography of Eglantyne Jebb

All the royalties from her book, The Woman who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, go to the charity which was founded 90 years ago.

Clare Mulley is an experienced public speaker and won the Daily Mail Biographers Club prize.

She will talk about her book, the work of the charity and the creative process of writing biographies.

She will appear at the Hayward Arts Centre, New College, in King Street.

Being black in Britain

There is plenty of local interest throughout the month with Richard Bifield giving a Brief History of Coalbrookdale at the Hayward Arts Centre on Friday, 9 October.

Leon Murray MBE, JP, DL, came to Wellington from Jamaica in 1961. He worked at GKN before becoming a business advisor to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

He was appointed a Magistrate in 1983 and in 1985 became vice president of the British Methodist Conference.

He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire since 2004 and received the MBE in 2007.

He will talk about Being Black in Britain at the Methodist Church in New Street on Monday, 12 October.

Story telling

Author, Susan Summers comes to Wrekin View on Tuesday, 6 October.

Susan Summers
Susan Summers will read stories at the literary festival

She trained as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge. Her most recent book The King's New Palace was published in 2003. It tells the story of the work of St Thomas in India.

As well as writing, Susan has visited more than 400 schools where she takes assemblies, tells stories and runs workshops in creative writing, illustrating and storytelling.

Meet Elizabeth I

The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, is one of England's most influential and fascinating monarchs.

Leslie Smith as Elizabeth I
Meet Elizabeth I at Wellington Literary Festival

She came to the throne at a time when the country was unsettled after the death of her half sister Mary.

No-one expected her to survive in the turbulent political and religious times, but she remained on the throne for nearly 45 years.

Leslie Smith portrays Gloriana at the height of her power and influence in her presentation at Wrekin College in Sutherland Road on Wednesday, 14 October.

The Wellington Drama Festival follows 1-9 November.



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