Anthony Trollope's novel The Way We Live Now is the theme for this year's festival. Trollope's 1875 satirical book rebuked the corruption the author saw around him on returning to England from abroad. Corruption? Discontent? Perhaps we can get behind this theme. Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke close the festival on the Sunday in discussion with former Independent editor Arifa Akbar in what will prove to be a thought-provoking, perhaps slightly wistful, retrospective of their coalition government. Both have political memoirs out this year. Harriet Harman and Margaret Hodge will discuss the delicate relationships between large corporations and the UK government.
But there'll be something for everyone at this year's event, not just for the malcontents. For kids aged 9+ there's a brilliant magic lesson inspired by the Harry Potter books and a competition to write the best Edwardian mystery.
There's a strong selection of women's writing. Joanna Trollope will examine the role of women in today's society, with reference to her ancestor's novel. Biographer of Eleanor Marx, Rachel Holmes will discuss the events of 1989 for the German Democratic Republic during the collapse of Soviet Russia.
Here's all the details of our top picks of the best Dulwich Literary Festival events.
Friday 19:00 Called to Account, Margaret Hodge & Harriet Harman, £15, The George Farha Auditorium, Dulwich College
Saturday 19:00 The Way We Live Now, from Anthony to Joanna Trollope, £15, The Great Hall, Dulwich College
Sunday 10:00 Writing Mysteries Workshop with Katherine Woodfine, £5, Ages 8+
Sunday 15:00 Harry Potter: Celebrating the Magic, £10, The George Farha Auditorium, Dulwich College, Ages: 9+
Sunday 15:00 Revolutionary Times, Rachel Holmes & Hester Vaizey, £10, The Old Library, Dulwich College
Sunday 19:00 A Coalition of the Willing, Ken Clarke & Nick Clegg in conversation with Arifa Akbar, £10, The Great Hall, Dulwich College
Tickets are available to book now.
|What||Dulwich Literary Festival 2016|
|Where||Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Brixton (underground)|
11 Nov 16 – 13 Nov 16, Events run from Friday evening to Sunday evening
|Price||£5 - £75|
|Website||Click here to book|