2nd-4th September 2016

Oxford, UK

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Who’s who

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Keynote speakers

Melvyn Bragg

Acclaimed writer and broadcaster; presenter one of BBC Radio 4’s most admired programmes, In our Time, and The South Bank Show for Sky Arts TV; author of 21 novels.

Fay Weldon

Novelist, screenwriter and essayist, whose work over the decades has been translated into most world languages. Her novels include The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Puffball, She May Not Leave, Chalcot Crescent and Kehua!

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy has written eight historical novels. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, sold five million copies worldwide, and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. Her forthcoming novel is At the Edge of the Orchard, due to be published in March 2016

Kate Williams

Historian, novelist and broadcaster. She has written books about Josephine Bonaparte, Emma Hamilton, young Queen Elizabeth II, the young Queen Victoria and Princess Charlotte, England’s lost queen, to name only a few of her publications

Guests of honour

Margaret George

Margaret George writes biographical novels about outsized historical characters: Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Helen of Troy, and Elizabeth I. She is currently at work on the greatest showman of them all, the Emperor Nero.

Elizabeth Chadwick

A member of the Historical Novel Society since its inception and is one of the UK’s top selling historical novelists with 22 novels in print translated into 18 languages. Winner of a Betty Trask award for her first novel The Wild Hunt, she also won the RNA prize for Historical fiction in 2011 with To Defy A King.

Special guests

Christopher Gortner

International bestselling author of the Elizabeth I Spymaster Trilogy and named one of the top ten historical novelists, his works have been translated into 23 languages and garnered wide acclaim.

Jo Baker

Jo is the author of five novels, including the internationally acclaimed Longbourn. She also writes poetry and short stories. She lives in Lancaster with her husband, the playwright Daragh Carville, and their two children.

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