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Jo Brand kicks off Lichfield Literature festival 2010
Jo Brand
Jo Brand worked as a psychiatric nurse for ten years.

Comedian Jo Brand puts in an early appearance as a prelude to the 2010 Lichfield Literature festival.

It's the fifth year of this popular literary festival in Staffordshire; the event proper runs from 7-10 October.

Lichfield will be awash with book readings and signings, talks, quizzes and creative writing classes.

Celebrated names appearing include actor Ron Moody, journalist Martin Bell and politicians Tony Benn and Roy Hattersley.

Special launch

At a special launch event at Moor Hall in Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday, 5 October, Jo Brand will be talking about the second volume of her life story, Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down.

In it, she marries, becomes a mother and moves from the alternative comedy circuit into the mainstream, with appearances on Countdown, Parkinson and Trinny and Susannah.

On Thursday, 7 October Lichfield Literature moves into the cathedral city with author talks in the George Hotel and children's writer Liz Kessler working with local schoolchildren.

There is also a special Literary Quiz at Darnford Moors Golf Club in the evening.

Literary dinner

On Friday, 8 October there is the opportunity to indulge in a literary dinner in the Garrick Room at the George Hotel with Roy Hattersley.

Roy is a respected newspaper columnist, author, biographer and former deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Or you could join Tony Benn for afternoon tea on Sunday. His book Letters To My Grandchildren hopes to send out twin messages - of hope, and of anger against injustice.

On Saturday, 9 October actor Ron Moody, who's possibly best known for his portrayal of Fagin in Oliver, reveals the twists and turns of his career.

Martin Bell
Martin Bell will have a few things to say about Parliament

MPs' expenses scandal

On the same day, journalist Martin Bell (yes the man in the white suit) rakes over the coals with the MPs' expenses scandal firmly in his sights.

With Bonfire Night around the corner, expect a few fireworks.

Over the weekend, there is the chance to find out about the secret life of the Swallows And Amazons author, Arthur Ransome.

Gain insights into the world of Roald Dahl, hear the striking story of Mende Nazer who was abducted by the Mujahidin in Sudan and sold into slavery, and hear why the future looks bright for scientists.

Ticket details

Tickets are available at the Lichfield Festival office, 7 The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD; by phone on 01543 306270; online at www.lichfieldfestival.org or on the door at the events.

Lichfield Literature is part of the wider Lichfield Arts Festival which takes place every July.

The Lichfield Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Lichfield District Council.




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