FRIDAY 10th JUNE 2016

8.30pm:  Angela Carter and the Bloody Chamber 
No one lucky enough to attend Sir Christopher Frayling’s tour de force on Spaghetti Westerns in the Dovedale Garage at the last festival will ever forget it. So we are lucky that the leading cultural historian and broadcaster returns this year to the Dovedale Garage to talk about his friend, the writer Angela Carter, and her compelling engagement with the Gothic. 

Thorpe Garage’s Mighty Compton Organ, known as the Pipes of the Peaks. Prepare for an evening of surprises, scares and revelations!

SATURDAY 11th JUNE  2016

10am Thomas Pakenham: Tree Walk down Dovedale 
Renowned tree expert Thomas Pakenham will conduct a walk down Dovedale, just below the Izaak Walton Hotel, identifying and talking about the many trees en route, before his talk at 12 noon.
Sturdy shoes essential; maximum group size 30. 

12noon Thomas Pakenham: The Company of Trees
From seed-hunting expeditions in the Andes to grim tangles with the timber trade, Thomas Pakenham continues his lifelong obsession with trees – which started 20 years ago with Meetings with Remarkable Trees and which has since led him around the world in pursuit of his favourite species, from scarlet maples and gingkos to magnolias and monkey puzzles. 
Recounting a year of planning, planting and travelling from South America to Sikkim and Sichuan in search of seeds for his estate in Ireland, he trails the plant hunters who furnished the great gardens of the nineteenth century, dodging bears, snow leopards and foreign bureaucrats en route.  


1pm Buffet Lunch


2.15pm Jeremy Hutchinson and Thomas Grant: 
Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories
From the trial of George Blake for spying, through Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Christine Keeler to drugs impresario Howard Marks, Jeremy Hutchinson QC’s cases came to define the values of an era. 
Born in 1915 into the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group, Hutchinson became the greatest criminal barrister of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Known as ‘the most fearless and formidable advocate of the day’, he cut a swathe through the post-war Establishment and helped to usher in a new, more liberal era. Thomas Grant QC has examined the most epoch-making of his trials and will discuss these, and his long and colourful life, with this celebrated centenarian.
(The talk is generously sponsored by solicitors Hodge Jones & Allen LLP)


3.30pm Two Poets: Jean Sprackland and Peter Riley
Jean Sprackland, who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University, won the Costa Poetry Award with her third poetry collection, Tilt, and will read from this and her more recent collection Sleeping Keys as well as work in progress. In the words of the Costa judges, her ‘crafted and delicate poems tell us what it is to be alive now ... they balance the anxieties of experience against the possibility of the miraculous.’  
Peter Riley has a long and distinguished record as one of the ‘Cambridge Poets’. He lived in the locality of Alstonefield in the 1970s and his recent work is imbued with echoes of the history and landscape of the region. His latest collection, Due North, was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize and he will read from this and previous works, The Derbyshire Poems and Alstonefield.



5pm David Jones: In Parenthesis
David Jones was a visual artist and poet of remarkable gifts, and both sides of his creative life will be explored and discussed by art historian Professor Paul Hills and opera director David Pountney. Paul was a friend of David Jones, and is co-author (with Ariane Bankes) of David Jones: Vision and Memory, and co-curator of the exhibition of that name which moves this spring from Pallant House Gallery, Chichester to the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham and which has introduced Jones’ visionary work to a whole new and enthusiastic audience. 
David Pountney is director of the opera In Parenthesis, newly commissioned by Welsh National Opera, which travels from Cardiff via Birmingham to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden this summer. Jones’ epic poem about the nature of war, rooted in his experiences in the trenches, is translated to the stage in a thrilling new realisation in this, the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme. 

WNO In Parenthesis performances: 
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 13 May – 3 June
Birmingham Hippodrome, 10 June
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 29 June – 1 July


7.15pm The Allegri String Quartet 
Back by popular request, the celebrated Allegri String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Alec Roth.

The Allegri Quartet celebrates its 60th anniversary, making it Britain's oldest chamber group. It has had a key role in the British musical scene and has worked with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Elizebeth Maconchy, John Woolrich, Peter Fribbins, Anthony Payne, James MacMillan, Matthew Taylor and Alec Roth, collaborating with new commissions and recordings.

1st Violin    Martyn Jackson
2nd Violin  Rafael Todes
Viola          Dorothea Vogel
‘Cello         Vanessa Lucas-Smith    
(The concert is generously sponsored by Stephen and Susan Roper) 


8.45pm Dinner

SUNDAY 12th JUNE  2016

10.30am Caroline Lucas and Natascha Engel: Rethinking Progressive Politics 

Two firebrands of the British Left, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas and Natascha Engel, Labour MP for North East Derbyshire and Deputy Speaker of the House, discuss life at the sharp end for women in politics today. Both have carved out formidable careers in Westminster, and both question the status quo, and not just from the point of view of women succeeding in a predominantly man’s world. 
Caroline’s book Honourable Friends? was described as reading ‘like the field journal of an incredulous anthropologist stumbling on an unusual tribe’. What does our often antiquated parliamentary system have to offer a new generation of voters fueled by powerful ideals for the future of the UK, and the growing means to implement them? 



12 noon  The Song of Lunch: Robert Bathurst and Virge Gilchrist perform Christopher Reid’s captivating poetic two-hander

Following sell-out performances in Chichester and London, Christopher Reid’s Song of Lunch comes to Dovedale, where the idea of staging it was first aired. This bitter-sweet encounter between two former lovers over lunch in Soho was initially conceived as comedy, an antidote to Reid’s prize-winning poem about the death of his wife, The Scattering. But, as Reid explains, ‘The story, from its conception, was destined for dark places, as I soon came to understand. The farce would have a bitter flavour to it, and my hero would turn out to be, like Orpheus in pursuit of his dead wife, Eurydice, on a quest doomed to fail.’ 

ROBERT BATHURST Among his many television credits are Cold Feet, Downton Abbey and Joking Apart. He is also no stranger to the West End stage and the Royal Court. 

VIRGE GILCHRIST In addition to her recent numerous television, film and theatre roles, she also works frequently on BBC radio and in commercial voiceover.


1pm   Lunch


2.15 pm Juliet Nicolson: A House Full of Daughters

In this revealing and candid memoir, historian Juliet Nicolson sets out to uncover 200 years and seven generations of her family – and discovers much about herself in the process. From the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother, the flinty manipulations of her great-grandmother Victoria, the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville-West down to her own troubled life in New York in the 1980s, she unravels the threads of pride, passion, envy, addiction, forgiveness and loss that bound succeeding generations together. 
A House Full of Daughters is a searingly honest exploration of the nature of family, memory, the past, and above all, love.
‘A mesmerising story of daughterhood in which the personal is mixed with the historical to extraordinary effect’, Lady Antonia Fraser



3.30pm Adam Sisman and Zachary Leader: John le Carré, Saul Bellow and Me 
Two Biographers Discuss Writing about Modern Authors

More than 50 years since The Spy Who Came in From the Cold made John le Carré one of the world’s most successful authors, little was known of the enigmatic David Cornwell, the man behind the pseudonym. Now Adam Sisman has written the definitive life of the writer, with exclusive access to Cornwell himself, his private archive, and the most important people in his life – family, friends, enemies, ex-intelligence colleagues and ex-lovers. Ten years after the death of the great American writer Saul Bellow, Zachary Leader had similar privileged access to the writer’s papers, friends and family in order to write the first volume of his magisterial Life. 
But neither task was straightforward, as both biographers discovered. The truth is a slippery thing, and trying to pin it down from conflicting memories and testimonies tested their biographical skills to the hilt. They discuss the advantages and pitfalls of writing about their subjects at such close range, and how proximity can create its own conundrums.


4.30pm Tea and Festival Closes