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Thursday 4th October at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, as part of Ilkley Literature Festival

Literary Lunches | October 2018

Ilkley Literature Festival in the Moorside Ballroom of the Craiglands Hotel in this historic town.

Austin Mitchell on Confessions of a Political Maverick

For 38 years, the Labour MP Austin Mitchell was a fly in the parliamentary ointment, a recurring itch on the body politic. A maverick may annoy the whips, but the Commons would certainly be a duller place without them, as Mitchell will suggest.

Alan Johnson on In My Life: A Music Memoir

From Bob Dylan to David Bowie, from Lonnie Donnegan to Bruce Springsteen, all of Alan's favourites are here. As are his beloved Beatles, whom he has worshipped with undying admiration since 1963. Johnson vividly transports us to a world that is no longer with us - a world of Dansettes and jukeboxes, of heartfelt love songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee shops and dingy dance halls.

Tessa Boase on Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather

Twelve years before the suffragette movement began dominating headlines, a very different women’s campaign caught the public imagination. Its aim was simple: to stamp out the fashion for feathered hats. This is the extraordinary story of the RSPB’s birth – the subject of Tessa Boase’s gripping social history, Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather. Tessa has unearthed rare images, a cast of invisible characters and a surprising political secret.

£55 for a three-course lunch including wine

This lunch is part of Ilkley Literature Festival, that will be running 28th September to the 14th October this year.

E-mail or call 01225427311 to book your place. Lines open Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm.

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